Welcome to Natasha's Creative Confections! If you have stumbled upon this blog page, then you're in for a real treat! One of my favorite things to do is bake. If you choose to read on you will find pictures and recipes of some of the fabulous treats that I have created. So take a look around and enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cupcake #1: Heartbreak with a Strawberry on Top

Alright...kicking off my summer project with some delish Strawberry cupcakes! (Notice the clever name for the cupcake...the author of the book, The Icing on the Cupcake has a fun title for each one, so you'll be seeing some interesting names of cupcakes!) This cupcake is almost like a little strawberry shortcake. White cake with fresh strawberries baked in and then a sweet strawberry buttercream frosting! Mmm mmm good. Take a gander at the recipe if you're in the mood for strawberry! Ingredients: For the cupcake: - 1/2 c. sugar - 1/4 c. unsalted butter, room temp. - 1 egg, room temp. - 6 ounces vanilla yogurt - 1 tsp. vanilla extract - 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour - 2 Tbsp. potato starch - 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder - 1/4 tsp. fine ground salt - 1/4 tsp. baking soda - 1/2 c. diced fresh strawberries To Make the Cupcakes:
1. Place mixing bowl in freezer for 5 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. 3. Cream the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3-5 mins. 4. Add the egg and beat for 2 mins. 5. Add the yogurt and vanilla. Beat until smooth. 6. Whisk the flour, potato starch, baking powder, salt and baking soda together. 7. Add the flour mixture to the batter. Mix until just blended.
8. Fold in the diced strawberries using a rubber spatula. 9. Pour the batter into the paper-lined cupcake holders. Fill 3/4 of the way to the top. 10. Turn heat down to 350. Bake for 20 mins. or until a toothpick comes out clean after it is placed in the middle of a cupcake. 11. Cool for 5 mins. Place on baking racks.
For the frosting: - 2 Tbsp. butter, room temp. - 1 c. powdered sugar - 2 fresh strawberries, about 2 Tbsp. mashed To Make the Frosting: 1. Cream the butter, powdered sugar and mashed strawberries with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth, about 3-5 mins.
2. Chill frosting for 15 mins. or until thick. 3. Frost cooled cupcakes. **Yield: 12 cupcakes --The frosting recipe makes just enough to spread on the cupcakes. If you want to pipe it on, try doubling the recipe.
**I apologize for the jumbled look. Ever since blogger changed format, this is how it always publishes :( I really dislike it...no spaces!!!

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