Monday, July 30, 2012

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes


Adapted From Paula Deen’s “The Lady & Sons Just Desserts”
Makes 36 cupcakes
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
  • 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed (I wound up buying two 10 oz. packages and using some of the leftover strawberry puree in the frosting.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
    Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree (Measure it from the leftover puree you made for the batter.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Up to 7 cups confectioners’ sugar
    Garnish (optional):
  • Freshly sliced strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 (12-cup) muffins pans with cupcake papers.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. (The batter might seem runny. Just roll with it.)
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning the pans once, halfway through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the Frosting: In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.
  5. Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or spatula, or pipe on the frosting with a big star tip. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.

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