May 26, 2009

Strawberry Cupcakes, Cooking Light style

I saw this recipe in a recent Cooking Light magazine. Then I saw that Kristen made the cake, and next I saw that Patsy made the same recipe but made cupcakes. That is when I decided I would definitely make this recipe but I would follow suit with Patsy and do cupcakes. Cupcakes are so much easier to pass out to others than a cake any I would have left over, I could give to either my kids or take to work.

On the CL website itself there is a bit of discussion about the cake in the reviews. My feeling is that this is a good recipe to keep around but it definitely needs some tweaking. I love the fact you use strawberry puree. There is no flavoring listed in the recipe, but if made again, I would add some strawberry extract to boost the strawberry flavor. My cupcakes came out pretty flat but I kind of expected that to happen as the cake has been described as "dense" and I might play around with the flour in this recipe some too to try and make it not so dense. I decided that I was going to put strawberry puree in the frosting itself as I wanted as much strawberry flavor as possible!

Other strawberry recipes you may like!
Easy Strawberry and Cream Pie - Renees Kitchen Adventures
Lemon Strawberry Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache - Flavor Mosiac
Neopolitan Cupcakes - Our Life Tastes Good

Strawberry Cupcakes
Adapted slightly from Cooking Light

1-1/4 cups sliced strawberries
2-1/4 cups flour
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, then pour milk into measure to make 1 cup
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
Cooking spray

1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened 
1 tablespoons Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
4 cups powdered sugar
12 whole strawberries (optional) (I pureed strawberries and put about 1/4 cup of the puree in the frosting mix)
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, place sliced strawberries in a food processor; process until smooth.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large sized bowl, beat sugar and 1/2 cup butter; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in egg whites. Add flour mixture and lemon juice/milk mixture to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add pureed strawberries and food coloring (if desired); beat just until blended.
Line two 12 cup cupcake pans with cupcake liners and divide batter between each cup using a large cookie scoop (or 1/4 cup measure).  Bake at 350° for 20 minutes minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
To prepare frosting, place cream cheese, butter, and liqueur in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat just until blended.
Frost cupcakes and decorate with fresh cut strawberries if desired.


Bunny said...

Shelby these are so pretty!! I hope you get them tweeked the way you want them!

Patsyk said...

Your cupcakes came out so nice! I love that you used strawberry puree in your frosting, wish I had thought of that!

thanks for the link!

Linda said...

Well, someone took a big bite!

J.Danger said...

they are so adorable!

Ingrid said...

Very pretty. Can't wait to see how your changes work out.

cindy said...

They look delish!

teresa said...

Oh wow, these look great!

Cristine said...

They look so good! Hope you can make them just the way you want them! :)

shellyfish said...

I've never met a cupcake I didn't like!

Barbara Bakes said...

The strawberry puree in the frosting was a great idea!

Dawn said...

Love the ingredients in that frosting! Must try these

Bellini Valli said...

Cooking Light is always a source of inspiration. I have several choices for this months magazine. Perhaps we could collaborate?

Jessie said...

these cute cupcakes remind me of that movie pretty in pink (it's all about the pink color)

I'm always tweaking recipes according to our perferred taste because sometimes some dishes need that extra zest or more flavoring.

I'm sure you will figure out how to make these cupcakes to your liking :)

Pam said...

Aren't they cute! They also look very delicious...looking forward to trying these Shelby.

Pam said...

I love strawberry cupcakes! I marked those to try in the magazine.

Hillary said...

You can tell these cupcakes are super moist just by looking at the photos. Yum!

the ungourmet said...

These look very moist and delicious! I am such a fan of cupcakes!

Glad to have found your blog! Have a great day!

averagebetty said...

So fun! So pink! So yummy!

Miranda said...

These look amazing.
I subscribe to cooking light. I am going to have to check it out. Thank you.
I hope you can stop by sometime.


Katy ~ said...

I love that these have strawberries in them! (smacking lips) I've been looking for a cake/cupcake recipe that uses fresh strawberries, and this looks delicious!

I just LOVE the pink!! They make me happy.

Katrina said...

Those look really good and refreshing from too many brownies at our house lately!

delightfullysweet said...

I have been holding on to this recipe. Yours look amazing!! Can't wait to make them now...

Creative One said...

Cute delicious looking cupcakes. Love that they are strawberry, my favorite.

Elyse said...

Ooo, these cuppies are so pretty! I love what the strawberry puree does for the color--as well as what it does for the taste, too, I'm sure. These are perfect, summery treats!

Tangled Noodle said...

Gone in two bites - that's how long these sweet and pretty little cupcakes would last with me!

Lori said...

These are pretty. I want make these! Strawberries in the fridge, Check. Grand Marnier in the pantry. check. hmmm.

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