Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes #SundaySupper

IMG_8779.jpg I really don’t miss much about living in the suburbs, but there is one thing I wish I had in the city – my own personal outdoor space.  A few years back, we were lucky enough to rent an apartment that included a private backyard.  The unlucky party?  Technically the apartment was illegal by the city of New York and we never knew.   At least we got to throw one good ol’ fashioned backyard barbecue before having to quickly vacate before the fear of the building falling down us (don’t worry, somehow 7 years later it is still standing)!

Sigh, at least I have my virtual online barbecues to attend, like this one hosted by my good friend Jennie from The Messy Baker

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes #SundaySupper I can always be counted on to bring dessert to a BBQ, from those fun cupcakes that look hamburgers (I know you’ve seen this floating around); to double chocolate bacon cupcakes (I really need to make those again) and now these my favorite summer drink in a dessert – Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes. 

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes #SundaySupper Every other version of this cupcake that I’ve spied on the interwebs has done it with a lemon cupcake and a strawberry frosting. It was always my intention to switch things around. Think about what you taste when you have a strawberry lemonade – it’s the lemonade first with bits of strawberry after. Here you get that tart lemony buttercream frosting and then can bite into a strawberry flavored cake. Sadly, mine didn’t turn out as pink as I had hoped, you are always welcome to tint them with a little food coloring but I prefer to leave thing au naturale. 

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes #SundaySupper
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cupcakes, Fruit
Serves: 18
Ingredients
For the cupcakes:
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup strawberry puree from about 2 cups chopped strawberries
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks unsalted butter), room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1½ lemons
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin tins with cupcake liners
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer or using a hand mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and airy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until combined.
  4. Alternating with the flour and milk, starting with the flour, making sure not to over mix the batter.
  5. Pour in the strawberry puree and beat until completely combined with the batter.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared tins and bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating halfway through or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely before frosting
  8. Mix together the butter, confectioners sugar and lemon zest in the bowl of your mixer until creamy. Stir in the lemon juice and continue to mix, you want a lightly whipped consistency to the frosting.
  9. Pipe the frosting on to the cooled cupcakes.
  10. Decorate with lemon and strawberry slices.

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24 Comments

  1. Sooo pretty, Susan. And yes, a bite into lemon frosting and strawberry cake does look to be sublime!

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  2. I spy the next cupcakes I’m making. Loving everything about them.

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  3. I love the way you switched these up. That lemonade frosting sounds soooo good.

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  4. These are so cute. Perfect for summer both in look and in flavors. The frosting sounds delicious!

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  5. So very yummy!! I love cupcakes and the strawberry/lemon combo is excellent!!

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  6. What stunning cupcakes! You’ve officially been invited to all our BBQ’s :)

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  7. I forgot that you can’t grill. Come on over for a visit and you can grill with me. These cupcakes are a perfect Summer BBQ Party dessert. I love them!

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  8. Ah I know! I wish we had someplace to put a grill!

    Michael would loooove love love these cupcakes!

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  9. Mmm…these look good! I know what you mean about outdoor space in the city. Sometimes when I’m strolling around I see little makeshift gardens behind buildings. They never look like much but I always think how fun it must be to have them. :)

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  10. I live in Chicago but lucky enough we live on the outskirts of the city in what I like to call suburbia Chicago. We have a driveway and garage and we even have a patch of grass and a deck! You are more than welcome to crash our next BBQ with these little babies if you are in Chicago!

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  11. These are so pretty and summery! Strawberries and lemons – just perfect!

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  12. These are just a genius flavor idea, and SO cute to look at. Glad that apartment didn’t crumble around here, and you lived to share these with #SS :)

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  13. Love these! They’re the perfect flavor combination for summertime. I will have to remember these for the next BBQ.

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  14. I love that you made the cupcake part strawberry and the frosting lemonade – perfect touch! I’ve gotta make these ASAP!

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  15. Oh, oh, oh I love this!! I think you got the order just right–puckery lemonade first, then sweet strawberry second. These look perfect!

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  16. Yay for strawberry cakes without artificial colour and flavour! That frosting would be great on all sorts of things too

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  17. These are ADORABLE, Susan! What a perfect treat for an indoor or outdoor BBQ :-)

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  18. Oooh, I like that you made the frosting lemon flavored instead of the other way around – sounds perfect!

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