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Day 5 – Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream

5 Aug

I mean, it just sounds yummy, doesn’t it?  Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream (recipe below from Lemon Sugar).  Sounds like the perfect end-of-summer cupcake to me.

Strawberry Cupcake          Mini Strawberry Cupcake

I added just a few drops of red food coloring to get that lovely pink color.  The cupcakes are abundantly moist, borderline wet, even though they were completely cooked.  The minis are nice, but they definitely lost the strawberry flavor.

White frosting          Pink Frosting

I dyed a small batch of the frosting pink, you’ll see why in about one sentence…

The frosting has a good, solid consistency.  Very easy to pipe.  It’s extremely sweet!!  Like vanilla ice cream on crack.

Strawberry Cupcake with Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream          Mini Strawberry Cupcake with Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream

Well, they are adorable!  The whole combo is very moist and creamy.  And, the really good news is that no matter how good you are at frosting, they’ll turn out beautifully!  They’d be great for a spring/summer party or a bridal/baby shower.  BE CAREFUL not to overfrost though — the frosting is very VERY sweet and can be a little overwhelming by the end of the cupcake.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 4

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 3 (the frosting got to be too much)

– Appearance: 5 (so freakin’ cute!!)

– Ease of Making: 3.5 (pureed fruit + dying part of frosting + frosting 2x)

– TOTAL: 19.5


Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream (from Lemon Sugar)


Strawberry Cupcakes:
    • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cake flour, (not self-rising)
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 and 1/4 cups sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 large egg white
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 2 cups finely chopped strawberries
    • 1-2 drops red/pink gel food coloring, if desired
    • Strawberry Buttercream
    • 1-2 drops light pink gel food coloring, if desired
Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter at room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup half and half (more to desired consistency)

For directions visit Lemon Sugar

*Tomorrow: Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcakes*

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