Saturday, February 14, 2015

Strawberry Cupcakes | 100th post on Valentine's Day

This is my 100th post on the blog and what better day than Valentine's Day to do this!! It has been such a wonderful journey these past months; exploring cuisines, trying different techniques, taking and helping take pictures, posting them here and finally chasing Foodgawker to get them to approve pictures!! Learnt a lot with this blog-feeling HAPPY :)

So back to the post; it's the 100th post so had to be something special. It is Valentine's Day so what better than a dessert? And given the season, strawberries are almost at their peak. Putting all these parameters together, here is a simple to make recipe for yummy Strawberry Cupcakes. I thought of frosting  them with strawberry frosting, but the light pink color of the cakes was so lovely, I did not feel like adding anything else. The taste too is superb even without the frosting. So here is how to make these Strawberry Cupcakes and enjoy Valentine's!!

3/4 cup Allpurpose flour
3/4 cup Confectioner's Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
1/2 cup strawberry puree
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Buttermilk

In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to form a homogeneous mixture. Set aside. In another mixing bowl whisk sugar with eggs and oil. Add vanilla extract and strawberry puree and homogenize into a smooth mixture. The amount of sugar can be adjusted based on the sweetness of the strawberries.

Pour half the wet mixture and half the buttermilk into the dry ingredients and whisk. Once combined, repeat with the remaining mixture and buttermilk and whisk on medium speed to form a smooth paste. The mixture might be flowy, but that is how it is supposed to be!

Preheat oven to 350 F and line the cupcake mold with 12 liners. Divide the mixture equally among the 12 cupcakes, and bake for 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Serve warm or refrigerated. If you want to frost them, go ahead and do so with buttercream and strawberry frosting.

Note: Buttermilk can be made with half cup milk and 2 tsp. Vinegar and let stand for 5 minutes before using it.
I have also made the same cupcake from a box of French Vanilla Cake. Just substitute the one cup water with half cup strawberry puree diluted with half cup water.

Here is wishing all of you a Happy Valentine's Day!!

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