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October 30, 2015

Small-Batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these flavorful cupcakes are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing!

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these flavorful cupcakes are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing!

Today’s an important day.

Five years ago, I married an incredible guy.

Five years later, so much has changed in our lives, but our relationship is as strong as ever. We have a beautiful daughter (and our sweet furbaby, too!) We live in Texas (and spent a year in Louisiana, too, between now and then.) We’re settling our roots, and it feels good. All of it feels really good.

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these cupcakes exude subtle strawberry flavor, then are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing for a final touch!

On our wedding day, we cut into a cake that was tiered with white, chocolate and strawberry layers at our wedding reception.

It was pretty spectacular. I mean… LOOK at that cake! And while you’re looking… check out how young we are, too. We. Were. Babies. (Not really. But goodness, we look it.)

Four years ago, we devoured the top of our cake — another strawberry layer because the strawberry was my favorite at the tasting, and it didn’t disappoint.

And this year? I’m makin’ these Small-Batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing to commemorate our anniversary.

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these cupcakes exude subtle strawberry flavor, then are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing for a final touch!

I cannot tell y’all how many times I have tried and failed to make cupcakes using actual strawberries instead of strawberry jello or strawberry extract. The texture can get gloopy if not done right, and until this past weekend, I hadn’t found the right balance.

And this past weekend, I gave it another go… and lightning struck.

These cupcakes, which only use actual strawberries for flavoring, are delightful! They don’t taste artificial. The strawberry flavor is subtle, the cake is fluffy and the icing, which is made with more strawberry puree, sings.

The added bonus is that this recipe makes just six cupcakes. The icing is for six cupcakes. And you won’t have the chance to overindulge as much as you would with a recipe that makes 18-24 cupcakes.

It’s a win-win… especially if you’re celebrating an occasion with just two people!

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these flavorful cupcakes are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing!

I’m so pleased with this here recipe, and I’m even happier to share it with y’all today on our anniversary. It’s only fitting.

We’ll be celebrating in style with these cupcakes that tastes like our wedding cake. Happy anniversary, Winston!

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these cupcakes exude subtle strawberry flavor, then are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing for a final touch!
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Small-Batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these cupcakes exude subtle strawberry flavor, then are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing for a final touch!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 cupcakes
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil , melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (made from fresh or frozen strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • 8 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry puree (made from fresh or frozen strawberries)

Instructions

Make the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place six cupcake liners in a cupcake pan, and spray lightly with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites and granulated sugar.
  3. Measure in the coconut oil, vanilla extract and strawberry puree. Whisk until all the wet ingredients are combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until the ingredients are combined and smooth.
  5. Measure the batter into the prepared cupcake liners.
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow 30 minutes to cool before icing.

Make the Icing

  1. While the cupcakes are baking, cream the cream cheese, powdered sugar and strawberry puree using a hand mixer.
  2. When the icing is smooth, chill in the refrigerator until icing the cupcakes.

Then ice the Cupcakes and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    Recipe adapted One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two from How Sweet It Is.

    Small-batch Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing are the perfect sweet for a celebration. Made with fresh strawberry puree instead of strawberry-flavored ingredients, these cupcakes exude subtle strawberry flavor, then are topped with a decadent strawberry cream cheese icing for a final touch!

    Have you ever tried to make cupcakes with fruit puree?

    How do you celebrate your anniversary?

    4 Comments

    1. Rachel

      Oh man, those look SO good! I might need to give them a try!

    2. Krysten

      Happy, happy anniversary to two of my absolute favoritest people. May there be many more beer showers and Mexican food dinners to come. Love y’all!

      Also…strawberry cupcakes. Mmmmmm…

    3. Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies

      Congrats on 5 years! Strawberry cake is basically my fav (or cherry chip!) so I’m excited to see a recipe with just straight up real strawberries. It’s entirely possible that when you posted a picture of these on instagram, I thought it was your 5 yr anniversary with your dog lol — I’m a little sleep deprived, so I’m going to hope I didn’t leave any puppy-related comments lol

    4. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

      Happy Anniversary! These cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate!
      My boyfriend and I have just become engaged and I can’t wait to see what traditions we find to celebrate our eventual wedding anniversary. At the moment we celebrate our ‘dating anniversary’ by seeing a movie and eating dinner. Nothing too fancy, but there are many years ahead for that 😉

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