Last Wednesday I made cupcakes to celebrate my 1 year blogiversary. I don’t NEED a reason to make cupcakes but that’s my excuse! And I’m sticking to it. I wanted something summery and refreshing. So I made Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes. Here is my version.
- Boxed cake (I used Duncan Hines Lemon Cake)
- 1 1/3 Cups Water
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 Larges
- Lemon Extract, Emulsion or Lemon Flavored Liquor (optional) I used some Carvella Limoncello I had on had for some extra flavor.
- 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Butter (2 sticks) room temperature
- 1/2 Cup Pureed Strawberries
- 2 Pounds Confectioner’s Sugar
I followed the directions on the back of the box to bake the cake. I was lazy and didn’t want to make my batter from scratch. I followed the directions on the back of the box. I did add a little extra flavor by adding about a shot of the Carvella Limoncello. On a side note, I love mixing limoncello with lemonade on a warm summer day. I mixed the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, eggs and limoncello in my stand mixer and mixed until smooth.
My batter made 21 cupcakes. I could have stretched out to 24 if I hadn’t over filled some of them. I placed them in my oven at 325 degrees and baked for 21 minutes.
While the cupcakes were baking, I did a quick clean up in the kitchen, washed the dishes I needed to reuse, and I may or may not have danced my socks off to One Direction.
Once the cupcakes were out and cooling, I continued to bebop around my kitchen to listening to various boy bands, while making the lemon glaze. For this I mixed 1 cup confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. I set it aside and started on the frosting.
Once the cupcakes were cool, I took the glaze and spread it it on the top of each cupcakes.
For the frosting I rinsed the strawberries and removed the stems, and placed them in my handy bullet. I screwed the cover on and pulsed it until the berries were pureed. Next I placed the two sticks of room temperature butter into my mixer and put my stand mixer on low. When the butter was mixed a bit, I added the strawberries and mixed them for about a minute, maybe two. I slowly began to add the confectioners sugar until the frosting got to the consistency I liked.
To top the cupcake off, I placed a lemon drop on the top.
If you’ve tried these let me know! Do you have a variation? I’d love to hear your thoughts.