My daughter’s morning start with strawberries and sweetened whipped cream or redid whip or blueberries and whipped cream. If not she wants both berries in a smoothie. She loves these two berries, so I will try to stock them up when I can. I haven’t made cupcake during these summer holidays, so when she asked for it, I made this strawberry surprise cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting. She loved the pink color of the cupcakes.
I made this cupcakes also thinking of this month Daring Baker’s challenge “Surprise inside a Cake”, hosted by Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood. While searching for strawberry cupcake recipe, I found this cupcake recipe from Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes,. Their Strawberry Cupcakes with Sprinkles' Strawberry Frosting is famous one, and if you live in California, Nevada, Texas or New York you will be familiar with this shop. However, I hadn’t got a chance to visit them here at Houston. With my recipe is in hand, I decided to try it for myself. It is delicious treat, which is easy to put together. I made 8 cupcakes as my hubby will be running away from any sweet dish. My princess is always fond of frosting, and after eating the frosting she will be in a sugar overload, and hardly inclined to finish the cupcakes.
This is really delicious cupcakes which are easy to make, I changed a little bit of the recipe while making the strawberry puree and also added little lime juice. I believe adding citrus brings our flavors of other fruit very well; which is not in the original recipe? Also added cream cheese to the frosting to reduce little bit of sweetness and gives more texture to it. Otherwise strawberry puree tends to make the frosting slightly runny. I made this strawberry surprise cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese filling and frosting.
You need about ⅓cup + 3 tablespoon strawberry puree to make both cupcake and frosting. I found cupcake itself is tasty; don’t need any frosting to finish it off. However my princess thought the other way, frosting is tastier. My prince was with me and not fond of too much sweet. He is a fan of sweet dark chocolate without any add on, especially if has nuts or anything he won’t like it. He approved just simply eating the cupcake that it is delicious. If you have fresh or frozen strawberries in hand, give it a try, and you will be amazed by its taste. If you can make it in your kitchen, why need a trip to the store.
Here comes the recipe.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.