Hope you had a great weekend. I spent most of Saturday cooking and baking which was a lot of fun. The baking part was making chocolate cupcakes (cake mix) with strawberry cream cheese frosting as our church college group was celebrating birthdays for this month. I thought I’d get fancy and learn how to pipe a pretty design.
It’s funny because I didn’t expect such excitement over these cupcakes! Everyone seemed to enjoy them and was worth the extra effort. Like my mom says, we eat with our eyes first ;).
strawberry cream cheese frosting (from weekofmenus blog)
(enough to frost 24 cupcakes)
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
5-6 cups powdered sugar
1.2 oz of freeze dried strawberries, pulverized (use a food processor; find them at Trader Joe’s and Target)
5-7 fresh strawberries, washed, dried, quartered (stems on, do this after cupcakes are frosted).
In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter until it’s smooth. Add the cream cheese and cream them together until smooth. Add the powdered strawberries (should look like Hawaiian punch mix). Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and mix until incorporated. Add 2 more cups of powdered sugar and taste. Should be smooth and creamy.
a. I mixed this all by hand rather than using kitchen gadgets. I think if you use a stand mixer or hand mixer, it may come out smoother and creamier than mine. I didn’t want to bother with washing another thing.
b. Don’t pulverize the dried strawberries until you’re about ready to use them. Joanne, the blogger who created this recipe said it’ll soak up any moisture in the room (fyi). Same goes for fresh strawberries.
To pipe this design, you’ll need a 1M tip from Wilton (available at Target and Michael’s) and a piping bag. I also watched YouTube to figure out the technique (here’s a quick video tutorial). It’s not complicated, just may take a few tries. Then, you can take these to a party and wow people with your fancy-looking cupcakes (although it’s not that complicated, but that’s our little secret, right?).