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Weekly Winner #39

23 May

It is getting so close to the end of this year…I can’t believe it!  39 weeks of cupcakes – DONE!  Wow.

Lemon Lime Citrus Cupcakes

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Shirley Temple Cupcakes

Shirley-Temple-Cupcake

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla-Cupcake

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double-Chocolate-Cupcake

Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked Cupcakes

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Peachy Bourbon Crumble Cupcakes

Peachy-Bourbon-Cupcake

Key Lime Cupcakes

Lime-Cupcake-Unwrapped

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

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And, with 20 points, the winner is…

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The Peachy Bourbon Crumble Cupcakes from Buttercream Blondie.  Check out that tasty day here.  And check back on May 31st to see how it does in the Monthly Competition.

Day 296 – Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

23 May

Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday!!  Happy Birthday, mom!  I am one of those people who totally lucked out on in-laws when I got married.  Seriously.  They’re the best!  So, I thought these Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes (recipe below from Cooking Classy) were just about pretty enough to celebrate her birthday!

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and a little sticky. They have a pretty sweet vanilla flavor. Exactly what I’d expect from a Shortcake. Sugary vanilla cake.

Strawberry-Frosting

The frosting is light, smooth and creamy. (Be sure to follow the directions to get this result, otherwise it’ll be a “normal” buttercream.) It has a wonderful (natural) pink color with specks of red. It’s got an extremely buttery flavor. Sweet, but not aggressively so. With a little bite of tartness from the strawberry.

Strawberry-Shortcake     Mini-Strawberry-Shortcake

This strawberry shortcake is so light and delicate. The frosting does remind me a little of just whipped cream once it’s on the cupcake. So the flavors from a typical strawberry shortcake are all present and accounted for. It’s smooth and creamy and sweet.

Strawberry-Shortcake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

Mini-Strawberry-cake-top

RECIPE

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes (recipe from Cooking Classy)

Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature

Strawberry Buttercream

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (15g) freeze-dried strawberries
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 cups (230g) powdered sugar
  • 12 strawberries for decorating

For directions visit Cooking Classy.

Tomorrow: Fried Ice Cream Cupcakes*

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