Strawberry Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

A Cupcake Slumber Party
As a last hurrah to summer, I threw a big slumber party for my girls. There were balloons, grilled sliders, plenty of chips, and of course...cupcakes. These cupcakes are a white, moist cake with strawberries chopped into the batter. The frosting is a cream cheese frosting, topped with a strawberry and umbrella. Delicious!
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White, strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
makes 12 cupcakes
printable recipe

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter; at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
11/2 cups fresh sliced strawberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat will after each addition.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix for 3 minutes. With a rubber spaturla, fold in the vanilla and strawberries.

Fill the cupcake liners one-half full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Be careful not to overbake!) Cool cupcakes in the pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 3-ounce packages cream cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tsp. vanilla
41/2 to 43/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

In a bowl beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla till light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in enough remaining powdered sugar to make frosting of spreading consistency--I make it firm.

To pipe on cupcakes, use the star tip and pipe up in a circular motion, to create the look in my photo at the top of the page. If you don't have a piping bag, use a plastic-lock bag, fill with your frosting, seal shut and snip the one corner of the bag. There you have it. A homemade, disposable, piping bag.