Chopped fresh strawberries give these cupcakes perfect flavor, and they are pretty enough for a bridal shower, birthday party or baby shower!
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1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries, stems removed
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon strawberry gelatin powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
3 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh strawberries, drained
12 fresh strawberry slices, if desired
Small mint leaves, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 12 muffin pan cups; set aside.
Place 1/2 cup sliced strawberries into food processor bowl fitted with metal blade; process until smooth and pureed. Set aside.
Combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg and egg whites; continue beating until well mixed.
Combine flour, gelatin powder, baking powder and salt in bowl; mix well. Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed until well mixed. Add pureed strawberries, milk and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add remaining flour mixture; beat until well mixed. Gently stir in 1/2 cup chopped strawberries.
Divide batter among prepared muffin pan cups. Bake 20-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove cupcakes to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Combine cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed until well mixed. Continue beating at medium speed until frosting is well mixed. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped strawberries.
Pipe or frost each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting. Refrigerate, uncovered, until frosting is set. Just before serving, garnish each cupcake with strawberry slice and mint leaf, if desired. Store refrigerated.
- Look for a variety of fun cupcake liner papers at your local craft store.
- To use remaining gelatin, make according to package directions using 1/4 cup less water than directed.
Too cute to eat? You won’t be able to resist your first delicious bite. If decorating cupcakes isn’t your thing, focus on fresh, light flavors like lemon, pineapple and coconut.