Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cupcake Experiment #... aw hell I lost track...

So this one doesn't even get a picture. 

A co-worker, who's birthday is tomorrow, mentioned their love of strawberry cake so I decided to make some strawberry cupcakes.  The cupcakes taste ok, but the frosting is a bit too thin so it did not turn out to be the prettiest of cupcakes (of course the fact that the Not-So-Ex refused to put them in the fridge for me didn't help either... prick... LOL).

Anyway, here's the recipe for the cupcakes (from
2 cups white sugar
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs (room temperature)
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry puree made from frozen
sweetened strawberries
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
2.In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and strawberry puree. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
3.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in their pans over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, before tapping out to cool completely.

And here's the recipe for the frosting I used (modified from
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry puree
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1.Beat cream cheese and butter in a bowl until combined. Beat in powdered sugar and lemon juice.
2.Beat in 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups more of powdered sugar till frosting is of spreading consistency. 

I've used this frosting recipe a million times with a million different flavors but this is the first time I've ever had it turn out so runny.  I doubled it, so I guess that could have something to do with it but I don't know for sure.  But damn I'm disappointed!

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