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vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

These cupcakes are moist and the frosting is full of strawberry flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 large egg whites room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk

Strawberry Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or milk if needed

Instructions
 

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the vegetable oil and beat another minute.
  • Add in the egg whites one at a time, incorporating fully after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on medium low, alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix fully between each addition.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake liners (fill about 2/3 full) and bake approximately 15 minutes. Let them cool in the pan five minutes, then remove them and completely before frosting.

Strawberry Buttercream

  • Pulse the freeze dried strawberries in a blender or food processor until it becomes a fine powder. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on high for one minute.
  • Add in half of the confectioners sugar and beat until combined.
  • Add in the rest of the confectioners sugar and the strawberry powder. Beat on high until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes.
  • If the frosting is too thick, add a few tablespoons of heavy cream or milk to thin out.
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