STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

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Ingredients:

 

1 3/4 cup All purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
2 x Egg Whites
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
10 oz pkg frozen sweet Strawberries
If desired Sugar (powdered)

Frosting:
1/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup thawed frozen (or fresh) strawberries, pureed and simmered until reduced by half
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla

How to make strawberry cupcakes:

    • In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, sugar and walnuts together.
    • Beat together egg whites, vanilla and oil in another bowl till well mixed.
    • Combine strawberries.
    • Beat in a mixer at slow speed till strawberries are broken somewhat.
    • Add flour mixture.
    • Mix slowly till smooth but pieces of strawberries are still visible.
    • Pour batter into greased muffin tins, filling to half.
    • Bake at 350 degrees F till they are done, it will take about 30 minutes.
    • If desired drizzle with powdered sugar.

To make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Put paper liners in 6 cupcake tins.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt onto a piece of wax paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree.
Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, and add the sugar. Beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix on low until combined.
Add half the flour mixture and mix briefly on low. Scrape down the bowl and add the milk mixture, mixing just until combined. Scrape down the bowl and add the remaining flour mixture. Mix on low, then divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting:
Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the strawberry puree a teaspoon or two at a time until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.

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