Day 280 – Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

7 May

Some days just need a simple, sweet dessert.  A classic pairing.  Ya know, chocolate and vanilla.  Lemon and raspberry.  Or, like these Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (recipe below from About.com).

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense, but not thick. A little muffin-like. They have a sweet almond-vanilla flavor. A little like a pound cake meets an angel food cake in taste. (Not in texture.)

Strawberry-Frosting

The frosting is sticky and gooey, but very thin. Not like a buttercream at all. It has a very sweet strawberry flavor.

Vanilla-Strawberry-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Strawberry

The strawberry flavor takes a definite front seat in these cupcakes. The creaminess of the frosting is a nice contrast to the cupcake. You get the vanilla cupcake at the end, but the sugar strawberry flavor comes out strong!

Vanilla-Strawberry-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18

Mini-Vanilla-Strawberry-top

RECIPE

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (recipe from About.com)

Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Strawberry Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, chopped
  • additional strawberries to garnish

For directions visit About.com.

*Tomorrow: Grasshopper Cupcakes*

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