My birthday is still a week away, but I got a bit of a surprise start this weekend. I received a huge package in the mail from my mother on Saturday. I opened the box and on top of the stack of gifts was a card. The card contained $20 and instructions for me to open one gift a day for a week, and to use the money to get myself a cake, cupcakes, or the stuff to make a cake or cupcakes. Attached to the card were tiny little Totoro cake toppers, and as soon as I saw the one holding a strawberry, I knew I was making a batch of strawberry cupcakes the very next day. Whoo hoo for birthday week!!!
The Strawberry Puree
- Quart of Strawberries
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- Watch and cut strawberries.
- Combine strawberries and sugar in a sauce pan. Over medium heat bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and puree mixture with an immersion blender (or in a traditional blender until smooth).
- Allow mixture to cool for 15-20 minutes. * I ended up with roughly 2 cups of liquid.
- Pillsbury Classic White Cake Mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of cooled strawberry puree
- Combine ingredients, beat until uniform, and bake per instructions on the back of the box.
This recipe is an adaptation of the vanilla frosting recipe featured here.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup strawberry puree
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 sticks unsalted butter (cut into small cubes, softened but cool)
- Whisk together sugar, flour, cream and puree in a medium sauce pan. Bring to boil over medium heat whisking occasionally, until the mixture reaches the consistency of a light pudding (approximately 10 minutes).
- Transfer mixture to a stand mixer. Beat mixture on high for 7-9 minutes until it has cooled. Reduce the speed to low and start adding the butter pieces a couple of pieces at a time ever 20-30 seconds, while the mixer is continually running. When the butter is fully incorporated, turn the speed up to med-high and mix until it becomes light and fluffy (1-2 minutes). Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy.
Not a bad way to kick things off, huh?