Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

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Double ear infection. Strep Throat with ear infection. Separation anxiety. Teary and tantrum-filled days. Refusing to sleep at night. You name it, Little Sweet Pea has gone through it the past few weeks. Five weeks to be exact! Five long, exhausting weeks. My typical champion sleeper who usually sleeps 12 hours+ every night has recently been waking up every two hours screaming. Not only is he not sleeping at night, his naps have been horrible too-30 minutes max on most days. I’m exhausted, he’s exhausted-I seriously feel like I have a newborn again!

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes | From: sweetpeaskitchen.com

Oh and did I mention that he only wants me? Andrew has tried to go in and comfort him in the middle of the night and it has made it worse. He wants me and only me…all. the. time. I do apologize for not having written a new post in a while. With Little Sweet Pea waking at 4:30am, not napping and not sleeping at night, when I finally do get a chance to myself I’m exhausted. I do feel as if we are starting to turn a corner though, last night was the first time in five weeks that he was slept through the night! :)

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes | From: sweetpeaskitchen.com

Today I bring you some incredible Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. No cake mix, no jello, just strawberry cupcakes made from fresh strawberries. Tender, moist, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Topped with a homemade strawberry frosting!

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes | From: sweetpeaskitchen.com

I’ve been searching for a strawberry cupcake recipe from scratch for a while now, so when I stumbled across the Strawberry Dream Cake recipe from Cook’s Country, I knew I had to give it a try. I adapted the recipe to be baked as individual cupcakes instead of a layer cake and the result was phenomenal!

Packed with fresh strawberries and a dreamy cream cheese frosting. Perfect for summer, baby showers, or whenever that strawberry craving hits! :)

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes | From: sweetpeaskitchen.com

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. No cake mix, no jello, just strawberry cupcakes made from fresh strawberries!

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:
10 ounces frozen whole strawberries (2 cups)
3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
6 large egg whites, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) cake flour
1 3/4 cups (12 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened

For the Frosting:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) confectioners' sugar
12 ounces cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces and softened
pinch salt

Directions:

1. For the cupcakes: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

2. Transfer strawberries to a large bowl, cover, and microwave until strawberries are soft and have released their juice, about 5 minutes. Place in fine-mesh strainer set over small saucepan. Firmly press fruit dry (juice should measure at least 3/4 cup); reserve strawberry solids. Bring juice to boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrupy and reduced to 1/4 cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Whisk milk into juice until combined.

3. Whisk strawberry milk, egg whites, and vanilla in bowl. Using stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt on low speed until combined. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, and mix until only pea-size pieces remain, about 1 minute. Add half of milk mixture, increase speed to medium-high, and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium-low, add remaining milk mixture, and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Give batter final stir by hand.

4. Divide the batter evenly among muffin pan cups and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15 to 19 minutes. Transfer muffin pan to wire rack and let cool in the muffin pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. To make the Frosting: Using a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream cheese, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add reserved strawberry solids and salt and mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

Source: Adapted from Cook's Country, Strawberry Dream Cake, June/July 2011

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11 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes”

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    Marcia S. — August 25, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    I remember too well all the nights of no sleeping, crying and misery with my daughter’s many earaches! I finally figured out that piling pillows under one side of her mattress to elevate her head was helpful. As she got older, I just piled the pillows so she was almost sitting up, that was the only way she (and I) could sleep. She had frequent earaches until she was about 6. Good luck, I hope your little guy is feeling much better, and continues to sleep at night. The cupcakes look great!

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    Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — August 25, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    It sounds like you have been through it all these past few weeks! The summer my daughter was three and my son was a newborn, my daughter had one sickness after another, including strep and a double ear infection (with a burst eardrum!). I hope that sleep is back to stay and your son stays healthy for a while! These cupcakes look like the perfect way to enjoy the last of summer’s strawberries!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 26, 2014 @ 6:46 am

    Aw, I hope he is feeling himself again soon and that you can get some normal sleep again! I’d probably be eating these cupcakes all day to keep me sane.

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    Melanie @ Garnish & Glaze — August 26, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Sorry about your little boy. I hope he starts to feel better soon because that sounds exhausting! Definitely calls for some yummy cupcakes. These look phenomenal!

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    Regina — August 26, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    I feel for you but I also feel for Little Sweet Pea as when I was a child, I had ear infections all the time and it took me until I was an adult to get over them. Of course now it’s the aches and pains that go with older age, ha ha! These cupcakes would go great with the frozen strawberry yogurt I just made and might have to get back in the kitchen to make some :D Thanks Christina!

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    Erika — August 27, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    So sorry to hear that he has been sick! It is hard for us as parents when our kids are sick. Not just because of the lack of sleep but because of the worry for them. So glad that he seems to be feeling better! Thank you for the most recent recipe. The cupcakes look yummy! I am about to retire from the U S Navy after over twenty years of serving and I hope this means that I will have more time to make all of the recipes I have been saving over the years, lol! Thank you again and I hope that your little one continues to get well!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — August 29, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    Oh your poor poor child. I am sooooo sorry. It’s been a long time, since I have had strep but it is THE worse. And he has that in addition to other things. Geez I can’t believe you still took the time to bake these wonderful cupcakes. Mother’s Strength for sure!

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    Jamie — September 3, 2014 @ 7:39 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that I made your recipe this weekend. They were a hit.

    • Christina replied: — September 13th, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the cupcakes, Jamie!! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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    Patrice — September 17, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Christina, thanks so much for a strawberry cake recipe without jello!

    My daughter loves strawberry and her birthday is coming up in October, this will be a great time for them!

    • Christina replied: — September 17th, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

      I hope she enjoys them Patrice! You’ll have to come back and let me know how they turned out for you! :)

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