So I know this post is really about these awesome strawberry cheesecake cupcakes (seriously! Mmm..), but first, have you seen this youtube clip?? Its of these two little British girls on the Ellen Show….rapping. In pink tutus. And tiaras.
Click on the link at the top!
And they’re only like 6 or 7 (actually I really have no idea, I made that up) and they rap with Nicki Minaj and it is hilarious… and they’re good! Seriously good! They’re at the age when kids are usually still in speech therapy trying to roll out their “r”s, and these girls are spitting out rap like Nicki.
And if you’ve already seen this go ahead and make fun of me, the clip’s from like Oct 2011 (oops!)… I jumped on the Ellen bandwagon a little too late and missed this!
So did you watch??
Are you now terrified of your own children or scared to have your own… (like me..)
O and Ellen’s sending these two to the Grammy’s this Sunday too!
But now on to even cuter things then their pink tutus…. pink Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes!
These aren’t just your typical strawberry cupcakes. The cupcake itself is so delicious it almost doesn’t even need frosting. They are these super light and moist vanilla cupcakes. I folded in whipped egg whites to keep them fluffy and used cake flour to give them that delicious delicate texture.
It took me a while to nail down a good fresh strawberry cream cheese frosting. It took me a few tries to find a recipe that didn’t end up soupy from the fresh strawberries. But I did it! I found the best recipe on the blog, That Winsome Girl. Her frosting is perfect, light and creamy with the most delicious balance of strawberry flavor. The trick is to really drain all of the excess juice from the pureed strawberries. O and lots of cream cheese.. and butter.. and sugar..! This frosting was killer.
I also found some more fun little heart cake pans in my pantry so I experimented with a couple of those. But I think the cake turned out the best as cupcakes. Plus they looked prettier :)
And to jazz them up a bit for Valentine’s day I cut strawberries into heart shapes to garnish the tops. This is super easy to do. Just use a small paring knife to remove the stem, then slice down vertically through the strawberry to cut in half. Carefully use the knife to round the top of the strawberry and narrow the bottom to resemble a heart. Easy!
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup low fat buttermilk
- 3 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup butter (slightly cool, you don’t want this to be too soft)
- 8 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese (slightly cool)
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup pureed strawberries (drained very well)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- To prepare cake, combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Place 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, and beat just until combined.
- Using clean, dry beaters, beat 3 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
- Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners; coat with baking spray. Spoon batter into cups. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into centers comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
- Cream the butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed under smooth and light.
- Slowly add confectioners’ sugar until incorporated.
- Add strawberry puree and mix until combined.
- Immediately frost cupcakes. If you are worried your frosting is still too soft, chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before frosting cupcakes.
Vanilla Cupcake recipe adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting adapted from the blog That Winsome Girl