So I came home for the weekend because I have Monday off for MLK day. Vanessa and I decided we wanted to make cupcakes!
Strawberry sounded good and I intended to make it from scratch but figured it would be easier to use the strawberry cake mix I already had in the cupboard. I decided on strawberry cupcakes, strawberry buttercream, and a cream cheese filling. The full recipes for every component and some tips can be found here: Fresh Strawberry Cupcake Recipes
So I looked up suggestions/recipes for adding some fresh strawberries in anyway. You basically follow the instructions on the box and subtract the amount of strawberry puree you use from the amount of water you use. So for our batter, it called for 1 1/4 cup of water--I added 1/4 cup of strawberry puree, so then only 1 cup of water.
I also decided to use egg whites again and it worked out great--again! Love when things are consistent. Here's a picture of what the egg whites will look like whisked (left) and the pureed strawberries.
So we just followed the recipe for using egg whites, added only 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of strawberry puree, and baked the cupcakes. They took about 22 minutes.
While they cooked we made the strawberry buttercream. We used the "Class Buttercream" which is the basic buttercream that actually holds shape which can be found here. Then I used a hint from someone on Wilton.com who said to just add a few tablespoons of strawberry jello mix, and strawberry puree to your buttercream to get the strawberry buttercream. It worked out great but the strawberry puree made it pretty thing so we added about a cup more powdered sugar, and about a half to a full tablespoon more meringue to make it hold. It worked out great! It held shape and tasted delicious!
The cupcakes were also delicious--the fresh strawberries made them so delectable. Then we made a creme cheese filling which called for 1 8oz package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup milk. We used the filling tip to fill the cupcakes.
Here's a filled and iced cupcake we cut open:
They worked out perfectly! They tasted awesome. I had a bunch of family over that day, and they went on about how good they were! I know many family members helped them selves to 2 or 3 of them :) Love that they were appreciated! So there are 3 left, and it's only the first day! Usually I can't get people to eat things I bake (just because they don't want it/claim they don't need it/I made too much; not because it doesn't taste good!) but this time they went like hotcakes!
Here's some pictures of the finished product.
And me with the cupcakes.
Have a great day!