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Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting

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The strawberries lately have been so luscious, that I decided to take advantage of them, and make some yummy cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting.

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

These  are so sweet and delicious!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

Party Pail sent me a few of their adorable paper products to try out, and they made this treat even prettier, as a nice gift for my niece’s birthday celebration.

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

I took the easy way out for the cake part, and used a french vanilla cake mix, but if you’d prefer to make it from scratch, this recipe from Cooking Light looks awesome!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

I made up the cake mix according to the package directions, and baked my cupcakes. I had never used these type of baking cups before, so I made some in these, and some in my regular cupcake papers, just in case, but they all turned out great. Be sure to only fill them half-way.

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (the block)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (can substitute margarine or shortening)

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

  • Hull, wash and cut strawberries in half. (Don’t be tempted to use extra or your frosting will be runny)
  • Blend till smooth in blender.
  • Pour in saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes while stirring, and then cool in refrigerator.
  • Whip cream cheese and room temperature butter.
  • Add 1/4 cup of cooled strawberry mixture and powdered sugar, and whip for a coupleminutes, till creamy and smooth.

 If you have time, it’s a good idea to chill the frosting in the refrigerator for a while, to let it firm up a bit, making it easier to use. The champion cake decorator (my mom) says shortening gives a firmer consistency than butter, but we both like the flavor of butter, better.

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

Then frost your cupcakes however you like.

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,
I packaged some in the Party Pail box to take to my niece, and I am hooked on these cute boxes now. They just seem to add that little extra something special!

Party Pail has all kinds of supplies and decor for just about any special occasion you may be planning. They have everything from baby and bridal shower supplies, to kid and adult birthday party supplies, favors, party basics, and much more. So check them out!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

I used the pretty paper straws to dress up some doughnut holes!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

To decorate the tops of the cupcakes, I made these cute little strawberry fans, which are so easy to make and yet add a lot of punch.
Just make cuts in the strawberry, almost all the way to the top and then fan it out, and place on top of the frosting!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

 If you are in the mood for a sweet summertime treat, these make the perfect one!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,

Hope you enjoy!

fresh strawberry frosting, Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting,
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Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Cake Mix made into cupcakes according to package directions.
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 8 ounces cream cheese the block
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter can substitute margarine or shortening

Instructions

  • Hull, wash and cut strawberries in half
  • (Don't be tempted to use extra or your frosting will be runny)
  • Blend till smooth in blender
  • Pour in saucepan
  • Simmer for 10 minutes while stirring, and then cool in refrigerator
  • Whip cream cheese and room temperature butter
  • Add 1/4 cup of cooled strawberry mixture and
  • powdered sugar and whip for a couple
  • minutes, till creamy and smooth
  • If you have time, it's a good idea to chill the frosting in the refrigerator for a while,
  • to let it firm up a bit, making it easier to use. The champion cake decorator (my mom)
  • says shortening gives a firmer consistency than butter,
  • but we both like the flavor of butter, better.

Enjoy these beautiful and delicious cupcakes!

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