Homemade Strawberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Bowen had 2 request for father’s day, one super easy (that I made a challenge) and one not surprising if you know my boy.

Bowen LOVES cupcakes. Cupcakes and steak that is. His favorite meal in the world is steak and risotto and he loves strawberry cupcakes (from the box).

Can you believe I’ve been to culinary school and never made this boy homemade strawberry cupcakes? Shame on me. He deserves these treats and more.

I hope he knows how loved and cherished he is. Bowen has exceeded my greatest hopes in a dad for baby Bowen. He sacrificially loves us everyday and longs for us to know how loved we are. Praise God for His provision in giving baby Bowen and I this precious daddy. 

It’s been a big first father’s day, I think we set the bar high for years to come! 

baby B is really wanting a bite↑

Okay these cupcakes are OUT OF THIS WORLD. I don’t love strawberry cupcakes, if I am going to indulge I want it to be a vanilla magnolia bakery cupcake…that or a double chocolate something topped with more chocolate. These are far from the hot pink strawberry cupcakes from the box.

They are easy to make, super moist and the frosting beats any vanilla buttercream I’ve made. This recipe has fresh pureed strawberries and a splash of strawberry extract. You will love them! Leave me a comment below and let me know if you make them! 

Bowen got his steak and risotto too last night, he is the grill master which I have been so thankful for these last months-B4 has taken over a lot of the cooking duty and we aren’t mad about it.

Run Update: It’s been a minute since I’ve caught you up on the exercise portion of this blog, I have been SO THANKFUL for the treadmill lately. It’s hard to squeeze in an outside run before baby b gets up because he is usually awake for the day around 6:30.. I got in my longest run postpartum today (5) and felt good! I’m planning on running a couple of half’s this fall and really want to do a full one in 2017. Stay tuned!  I listened to this awesome Word on Romans 8 this am from Piper, find it HERE 

Homemade Strawberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Yields 22
adapted from Grandbaby Cakes
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For the Cupcakes
  1. 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  2. ¾ cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  3. 2 cups fresh whole strawberries, pureed ( I used my blender)
  4. 3 large whole eggs, room temperature
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. ¾ cup heavy cream
  10. ¼ cup vegetable oil
  11. 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
For the Buttercream
  1. 6 cups confectioner's (powdered sugar)
  2. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  3. ¼ cup pureed fresh strawberries
  4. ½ teaspoon strawberry extract
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the granulated sugar and butter and cream together on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes, until very pale yellow and fluffy.Add the eggs 1 at a time to your stand mixer, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Reduce your mixer speed to low and mix in the strawberry puree. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream and oil. Add to your stand mixer bowl along with extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add ½ of the flour mixture to your stand mixer. Mix on the lowest speed until combined.
  4. Add the remaining flour mixture to your stand mixer bowl and mix on low speed until well incorporated. Be careful not to overbeat.
  5. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop (with trigger release) or a spoon, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners until each is ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 15-17 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out mostly clean but still moist.
  8. Let the cupcakes cool on rack until cool.
For the Buttercream
  1. In a stand mixer, add the confectioners' sugar and butter and mix on low speed, increasing the speed to medium-high once the sugar is fully incorporated. Continue to mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the strawberry puree, strawberry extract, and salt and beat until the mixture is desired consistency.
  3. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe them with the buttercream, top with fresh strawberries and enjoy!
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