Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes – a lightly lemony cupcake topped with creamy frosting with actual bits of fresh strawberry. Mmmmmmm!

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread - Perfect for summer!

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today. When this event was announced with the theme of “Springtime Sweets” – this was the very first thing that popped into my head. And man oh man, I’m so glad it did. 

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To begin, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a standard pan with cupcake papers. Set it aside for now.

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In a bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

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In your mixer, beat a stick of unsalted, room temperature butter until it is fluffy. Mix in 1 cup of Dixie Crystals sugar, and again beat until it is pale and fluffy.

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Add in two room temperature eggs, one at a time, completely mixing in the first before you add the second. Again, you want to beat this until it is light and airy.

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Zest an entire lemon. Reserve about a teaspoon of the zest for the frosting. Place all the rest of it in your mixing bowl.

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And then take that lemon and juice the whole thing as well. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add the juice to the mixing bowl and mix the juice and zest into the mixture.

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Add in half of your flour mixture. Mix in completely, being sure to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.

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Next you will need a half cup of buttermilk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the vanilla and half of the buttermilk. Mix completely. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture, and then the remaining buttermilk. Mix in each completely before the next, being sure to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula each time.

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Scoop the batter into the pan, dividing evenly.

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Bake this for 22-25 or until they test done with a toothpick. These do not get golden.

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Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack, and cool completely.

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Now for the frosting!

You will need two sticks (1 cup) of unsalted, room temperature butter.

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You will also need some strawberry jam.

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And some strawberries. Depending on the size, you’ll need 3 or 4 of them. Remove the “birdnests” from the tops.

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Then very finely dice the strawberries. You will need about 1/3 of a cup of minced strawberries.

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Beat the butter in your clean mixing bowl until fluffy. Mix in 2 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Mix it until smooth. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the strawberry jam, a half teaspoon of vanilla, along with your reserved lemon zest. Beat them until smooth and fluffy.

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Now for the strawberries. Add those to the frosting, and gently fold them in.

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Place your frosting in a piping bag and top your cupcakes, or spread it on with a spatula. Whichever you prefer.

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If piping the frosting on, use a large tip so that the bits of strawberry can come through.

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That’s it!

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread - Perfect for summer!
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread - Perfect for summer!

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread - Perfect for summer!

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread - Perfect for summer!

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Yield: 12

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

You'll love the delicately fresh flavor of these Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes. There's even bits of fresh strawberry in the frosting! Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread.
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes – a lightly lemony cupcake topped with creamy frosting with actual bits of fresh strawberry. Mmmmmmm!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 c) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Frosting

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted, room temperature butter
  • 1/3 c minced strawberries
  • 2 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 3 Tb strawberry jam
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (from lemon used for cupcakes)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a standard pan with cupcake papers. Set it aside for now.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In your mixer, beat a stick of unsalted, room temperature butter until it is fluffy.
  4. Mix in the cup of sugar, and again beat until it is pale and fluffy.
  5. Add in the eggs, one at a time, completely mixing in the first before you add the second. Again, you want to beat this until it is light and airy.
  6. Zest an entire lemon. Reserve about a teaspoon of the zest for the frosting.
  7. Place all the rest of it in your mixing bowl.
  8. Take that lemon and juice the whole thing as well. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  9. Add the juice to the mixing bowl and mix the juice and zest into the mixture.
  10. Add in half of your flour mixture. Mix in completely, being sure to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  11. Stir in the vanilla and half of the buttermilk. Mix completely. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture, and then the remaining buttermilk.
  12. Mix in each completely before the next, being sure to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula each time. Scoop the batter into the pan, dividing evenly.
  13. Bake this for 22-25 or until they test done with a toothpick. These do not get golden.
  14. Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack, and cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  15. Now for the frosting!
  16. Remove the “birdnests” from the tops of your strawberries (about 3 or 4 strawberries will be needed.) Then very finely dice the strawberries. You will need about 1/3 of a cup of minced strawberries.
  17. Beat the butter in your clean mixing bowl until fluffy.
  18. Mix in the powdered sugar. Mix it until smooth.
  19. Stir in the strawberry jam, vanilla, and your reserved lemon zest. Beat them until smooth and fluffy.
  20. Now for the strawberries. Add those to the frosting, and gently fold them in.
  21. Place your frosting in a piping bag and top your cupcakes, or spread it on with a spatula. Whichever you prefer.
  22. If piping the frosting on, use a large tip so that the bits of strawberry can come through.
  23. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 3g

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