Light and fluffy strawberry cupcakes plus strawberry and white chocolate frosting equals delicious! I had two for dinner last night and one for breakfast this morning! I just can't say enough about these though. While in Arizona for Thanksgiving last fall my sister and I got a dozen different cupcakes from Sprinkles and the only one I really loved was the strawberry one. I adapted a recipe I found trying to imitate Sprinkles famous cupcakes and I like mine a lot better! Plus, I've never had better frosting than this one and I created the recipe myself. It wasn't rocket science or anything since you just use a buttercream base, but it is SO creamy and rich and just so good!
1 C pureed ripe strawberries (about 10 large strawberries total)
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
1 C sugar
2 egg whites
whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl and set aside. In small bowl, mix together cream, vanilla, and 2/3 C strawberry puree. (Don't discard the rest, you use it in the frosting!)
cream butter until light and fluffy and gradually add sugar. Mix until well combined. Add egg and egg whites one at a time and continue to beat until just combined.
Add half of the flour mixer to butter mixture, all of the strawberry mixture, and the rest of the flour mixture, mixing well in between additions.
Divide batter among cupcake cups and bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes.
Strawberry White Chocolate Frosting
3 squares white baking chocolate
2 T (or more) heavy cream
2 C (or more) of powdered sugar
1/3 C strawberry puree
3 T butter, melted
Melt white chocolate squares with cream in the microwave until just melted. Be careful to just put it in for 20-30 seconds at a time and stir well in between heating sessions.
Add powdered sugar, melted butter, and strawberry puree (whatever is leftover even if it's more than 1/3 C) and mix well. Add more powdered sugar and cream to get the desired texture of frosting you want.
Try not to eat these all in one sitting!