Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mouthwatering Strawberry Cake

Greetings from Mexico!!! Okay, well really, we have been back a week. Can I go back?!!! It was a week of fun in the sun! I seriously barely got out of my beach chair the whole week. Paul would beg me to get in the water or take a walk and it would take everything in my power to lift my round butt off the chair and follow him! What a great resort. We stayed in the Riveria Maya at a resort called Now Sapphire. Great place with great food. Service was a little slow, but that is prob the speedy American in me talkin'. We actually saw the actor who plays Deacon on King of Queens there. Oh yeah! Staying with celebrities baby! Here are some picts from the trip...wish you could have joined us!!! My parents were a blast to vacation with!

the guys on the catamaran us girls and Carlos the catamaran guy

Nothing like a Diet Coke in the Ocean baby! I was screaming and acting like I was a little drunk. We attracted a little group of people who came over thinking we were lots of fun. They quickly realized that we were not drunk or fun and went back to their spot in the water.

My favorite person on the trip. I had a blast with my hubby! It was great to be with each other and no kids!

Anyways, last week was so hard to get back into the swing of things!! What do you mean? I have to sweep the floor! And who are these little boys calling me "mom?" Hard to get back. But...here I am. Busy baking and blogging again. Oh and babysitting and teaching and church and making dinners, and ..... making strawberry cupcakes!

Man! I sure am lucky to have a pro photographer as one of my BFF's. LOVE this photo! I am going to start adding some picts from my blog to Pinterest. Heard of it? I just discovered it today. Still learning the ropes. But, check it out. These strawberry cupcakes have a pound of real strawberries blended into the batter. They are fresh and light and DELISH!
Strawberry Cupcakes

2 3/4 c. all purpose flour

1/2 c. cake flour

1 Tab. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 sticks of butter, softened

2 1/4 c. sugar

3 large eggs

1 c. buttermilk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 lb. strawberries, pureed

a few drops of red or pink food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line metal muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy...about 3 minutes. Add eggs and egg white, one at a time, beating after every addition.

Reduce speed to low. Combine buttermilk and vanilla together and set aside. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk mixture; end with the dry ingredients. if desired, add a few drops of food coloring until reaches the desired shade. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is all mixed in. Divide batter among muffin cups (about 30), filling them almost all the way to the top.

Bake cupcakes until a knife inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool in muffin tins. Top with a swirl of frosting. Cream cheese or a nice whipped frosting. I will share a great new recipe with you tomorrow!

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