About a month before I turned 29 I created a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. I was ambitious. I wrote it all up on a piece of poster board and it hangs next to my kitchen. Close enough that I can check things off as I complete them and ever present to remind me to work on it. I am slowly checking things off. Some are easier than others. Perfecting 10 french macaroon recipes was a stupid one to put on there. Macaroons and I are not friends of late.
Easier ones included cleaning out my closet and giving away 27 things and giving away 15 cupcakes to 15 different people. I decided to tackle both of these last month and I hosted a clothing exchange party. Several sweet girlfriends brought the extra clothes from their closets and we all pawed through each others things looking for treasures. I came away with several skirts, sweaters, and tops. Oh and we drank champagne and ate these stellar cupcakes. What else says fancy party like a fancy cupcake?
So I got rid of so many things out of my closet, added a few things that I will wear and got to sit around chatting with my girlfriends. I think everyone had a blast. I truly enjoyed it. It was wonderful to host a party in my new home and to stuff my face with these delicious treats.
I would also like to mention that my sweet brother-in-law whom I left Little with for less than 20 minutes FED him some of these cupcakes. Little enjoyed them thoroughly, mom missing out on his first bites of cake not so much.
These cupcakes are dense. And when I say dense I mean dense. They aren’t too sweet and are just perfect with the plain cream cheese frosting.
Enjoy. Throw a party and make these for your friends.
(Also writing this has made me miss all my girlfriends. If I made cupcakes, popped a bottle of champagne, and invited you over would you come sit on my porch and chat with me?)
1 cup butter
2 & 1/2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
5 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups pureed strawberries (I just used my immersion blender. About 1 lb of strawberries)
3 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/3 cup butter, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a few drops of red food coloring
4 cups +/- Powdered Sugar
2-4 Tbs milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat butter with sugar for 3 minutes. Add egg yolks one at a time, then the vanilla, and strawberries, beat for another 3 minutes. Sift dry ingredients and add to butter/egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just till combined. In another bowl and clean beaters, beat egg whites till stiff and add in an increment of 3 to cake batter, being sure to fold in thoroughly but gently. Pour in to cupcake pan or greased and floured cake pan. If making cupcakes fill to 3/4 full as these do not rise much. Bake for 18 or so minutes for cupcakes and 20-25 minutes for 9 inch round cake pans.
In a medium bowl, add cream cheese and butter, whip till light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing. Add food coloring. If too thick add milk one tablespoon at a time. You are trying to achieve a medium stiff consistency. Whip for several minutes.