Well what kind of self-proclaimed sweets lover would I be if I didn’t post my Valentine’s day dessert?
Not a very good one, that’s for sure.
Yes I realize the blogworld is absolutely swamped with dessert recipes right now, and that the majority of you probably already have your dessert picked out. However, these cupcakes make absolutely wonderful birthday cupcakes. I actually made them for my office this week for our February birthdays. And they are so, SO easy to make. We’re talking throw everything in one big bowl, set your kitchen aid to mix, walk away, and come back five minutes later to perfect batter.
I modifed the white cake recipe I wrote about last week to make it Lemon Strawberry cake. I also didn’t have a boxed white cake mix in my pantry when I made these, so I opted for funfetti. You’ve got to work with what you’ve got!
The only Valentine’s day advice I’m going to give you is to not ice these on an empty stomach. Unless you have some kind of super-human strength and are able to resist buttercream, save all icing activities for after supper. I did not follow my own advice and decided to decorate during my lunch break. Fail.
Lemon Strawberry Cupcakes
1 box funfetti cake mix
1 cup sugar
1 cup cake flour (use cake flour for a denser finish)
1 tsp salt
5 egg whites
1 1/3 cup water
1 cup sour cream (8 ounces)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup pureed strawberries (I used fresh strawberries pulsed in a food processor)
1 1/2 tsp lemon extract
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup crisco
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp half & half
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 drops red food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixer, combine cake mix, sugar, flour, and salt. Once combined, add in remaining ingredients. Mix together until creamy, about 5 minutes. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until cake is slightly golden brown on top.
While cake is baking, prepare the icing. Cream together crisco and butter. Mix in powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Add in half & half and extracts. Mix until everything is combined. Taste and add more extract if desired. Add in food coloring until desired color is reached.
Since I’ve already given out my one token Valentine’s day tip, check out my dear friend Chinae’s blog for any non-food related Valentine’s day inquiries. In my wildest dreams I’m no where near as adorably snarky as she is. She’s got all the best Valentine’s day tips on how to properly sabotage your V-day, as well as some solid advice for singles.
Happy Valentine’s day y’all. Treat yourself to some buttercream 🙂