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Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

These fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream are the perfect summer treat for any get together!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Cupcakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Jaida

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites 3/4 cup, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 cup diced strawberries

For the Strawberry Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temp
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Fresh strawberries for topping, optional

Instructions

  • Set oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
  • Place your freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor and grind them to a powder*. Set aside for later use.
  • Pour milk, egg whites, and vanilla into 2-cup measuring cup, and mix with fork until blended.
  • Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer on low speed. Add butter and continue mixing on low speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining.
  • Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed for 1½ minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and mix an additional 30 seconds, scrape down the sides and then mix 20 seconds more.
  • Mix in strawberry powder until just blended, then stir in diced strawberries.
  • Divide batter evenly into prepared cups. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15-17 minutes (8-11 for miniature).
  • Cool completely before frosting.

For the Strawberry Buttercream:

  • Place your freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor and grind to a fine powder.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened butter on medium-high speed (scraping down the sides as needed) until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, on low speed. Once all of the sugar has been added, add in the vanilla and strawberry powder, then beat on high-speed for a full 2 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Add frosting to piping bag with tip of choice and decorate as desired, then top with fresh strawberries, if desired!

Notes

*You can grind all the freeze-dried strawberries for the cupcakes and frosting at the same time - you will only use about 2 tablespoons of the powder in the cupcakes and the rest in the frosting. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
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