Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

SL cups5I’m a chocolate girl.  The Easter bunny know this and brought me chocolate covered pretzels and a chocolate peanut butter meltaway egg from Sarris… AMAZING.  Seriously, whoever thinks that we grow too old for the Easter Bunny is crazy I love looking for my mystery treats!  Plus I think the candy gets better as you get older!

Now that I have eaten way to much chocolate and missed way too many workouts this week, I must share something for the anti-chocoholic and fruity lovers out there.  Strawberry.Lemonade.Cupcakes.  These actually turned out really good.  Next time, I will use real lemon zest instead of lemon juice in the cake and less milk in the frosting. 

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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon OR 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz powder sugar (more for thicker frosting)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 strawberries crushed

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Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, cream sugar, lemon zest and butter until fluffy.  Add extracts, eggs and buttermilk.  Add the flour mixture.  Divide evenly in 12 cupcake tins.

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Bake for 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Frost with frosting and top with slices of fresh strawberries. 🙂  I LOVE strawberry season!

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The combo of strawberry and lemon makes a great strawberry lemonade flavor that anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy.  I love that this recipe only makes 12 because that leaves more room to try more flavors like orange cake with vanilla buttercream frostingohhhh do I dream of orangsicle cupcakes in my future!?!?!?  Fav ice cream truck flavors… orangesicle, screwballs, those baseball mitts with gumball in the middle, the superman one, the Flintstone one… okay, I might have a small problem… 

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Now time to relax with Army Wives, The Walking Dead and The Client List… oh how I love Sundays!

Happy Easter friends!

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