Real Strawberry Cupcakes

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Most strawberry cake recipes ask you to use artificially flavored gelatin. This one uses only uses fresh ingredients. Also makes a great cake!

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 8 large fresh strawberries, or as needed

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • cup vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix (Optional)

  • 1 drop red food coloring, or as needed (Optional)

  • ¾ cup cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 large fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray cupcake cups with cooking spray, or line with cupcake liners.

  2. Place 8 strawberries into a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour the puree through a strainer to remove seeds. Puree should equal about 3/4 cup. Set the puree aside.

  3. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, white sugar, vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, lemon zest, and strawberry puree until well combined. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla pudding mix (for a moister cupcake), and red food coloring to reach a desired shade of pink. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake cups, filling each about 2/3 full.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cupcakes have risen and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 23 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool at least 10 minutes before frosting.

  5. To make frosting, beat cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, and mix in confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to make a lump-free icing. Frost each cupcake with about 2 tablespoons of icing, and top each cupcake with a strawberry slice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
14g Fat
39g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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