Fresh Summer Cupcakes
If you guys haven’t noticed yet, I love using fresh ingredients in my recipes as often as I can. In my book, you just can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and baked goods.
In summer though, I am just not a fan of heavy desserts or heavy food at all for that matter. That is why this strawberry cupcake recipe makes the absolute BEST summer dessert. They are just sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, and light enough to not weigh you down after eating them.
If you throw in a few blueberries you’ve got yourself a delicious patriotic treat for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or any other summer event!
The Recipe (Let’s Get to the Good Stuff, Right?)
Strawberry Patch Cupcakes
These light and fluffy cupcakes topped with fresh strawberries are the perfect summer treat.
For the Cupcakes
- 1 1/4 C cake flour (all-purpose can be used but the cake will be a little more dense)
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 C sugar (turbandino or other raw variety)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (pure preferred)
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 3 egg whites (cage free preferred)
For the Frosting:
- 3 C powdered sugar (organic preferred)
- 1/3 C butter, unsalted (softened)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tsp cream (milk can be used, adjust for desired thickness of frosting)
- 3-4 C fresh strawberries, sliced
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar (organic)
Making the Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Combine the dry ingredients and sift thoroughly to ensure they are combined evenly. You don't want to overmix though.
- Combine the wet ingredients in the bowl of your mixer or other bowl used for mixing. The consistency will be a smooth, creamy one. You don't want to overmix at this point or it will affect the eggs negatively making the dough too chewy.
- Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix 2 minutes on med/high or until blended. Again, overmixing could cause problems.
- Chop strawberries into 1-2 in pieces.
- Combine with 1-2 tsp organic powdered sugar (adjust to taste depending in sweetness)
- Let sit while cupcakes are baking
- Spoon cupcake mixture into lined muffin tins. If you fill each cup about 1/2 to 2/3 they will generally come out a good size.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 325. The cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be sure to watch the edges for browning.
Making the Icing:
- While the cupcakes are cooking combine icing ingredients.
- Mix butter and vanilla.
- Slowly pour powdered sugar into butter mix and combine.
- Slowly add cream or milk into the butter mix until desired consistency is reached.
- For these cupcakes, a thicker icing is preferable to help it keep its shape.
It's Cupcake Time:
- Allow cupcakes to cool 10-15 minutes before icing.
- Pipe a line of icing around the outer top of the cupcakes once cooled.
- Carefully spoon strawberry mixture into center of icing on each cupcake
This recipe can be made gluten free by using coconut flour.
I will be posting a dairy-free vegan icing recipe soon so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
A mixture of flax seeds and water can be used as a vegan egg replacement in this recipe. It may have an impact on the color of the cupcake or icing slightly, though. There are commercial egg replacements that can be found in health food stores and some big-brand groceries that would not have any impact on the color.
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A Healthier Alternative with Simple Swaps
As with many of my other recipes I have made simple swaps for a healthier treat. While they may not quite fall under the category of “health food” it is amazing how much of a difference a few easy changes can make for your overall health.
Avoiding Processed Sugar: Sugar is not your enemy! Although many sources state that you should avoid sugar all together it is possible to enjoy sweet treats by using healthy alternatives to processed sugar. ( Unless you have an underlying metabolic condition)
Avoiding Factory Farming: Using grain fed or cage-free animal products is not only an option that lessens cruelty but also provides you with a healthier product in the end. Often, animals that are in a factory farm condition are fed low-quality food and kept in unhealthy conditions. As the old saying goes “you are what you eat” so too “you are eating what your food eats”.
Avoiding Synthetic Foods: Some foods just aren’t food. They aren’t made from products found in nature but rather are a combination of various chemicals or altered so far away from their original form that they lose all of their nutrients. When possible, always go for pure, natural ingredients.
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