REALLY Real Strawberry Cupcakes
I've been messing around trying to make a perfect strawberry cupcake to go with the Real Strawberry Frosting I developed a couple of years ago. It's been a long road and lots of cupcakes tested and tasted along the way. The trick was NOT using puree as I do when making the frosting. Rather, grinding freeze-dried strawberries into a powder brought this cupcake recipe out of my test kitchen and into my recipe box! I am so pleased with the results!
Recipe Summary test
To make strawberry powder: grind 1 to 1.6 oz (depending on your taste) freeze-dried strawberries into a fine powder using a coffee grinder, Magic Bullet® or food processor. You can find freeze-dried strawberries at Trader Joe's® or online, or make your own dried strawberries.
Dry 1 pound of very thinly sliced fresh strawberries in a 180 degrees F (80 degrees C) oven for 8 hours, then grind as above into a fine powder.
Try topping these cupcakes with Real Strawberry Frosting.