Straight-Up Strawberry and a Minx Named Chloe

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the third time around the sun for bubbles&sprinkles and this is one holiday that’s guaranteed to inspire me to bake a batch. I’m of the opinion that “relationship” is a subjective term and that everyone has someone or something to celebrate today. My sister told me yesterday that she hates Valentines Day because it’s an excuse to get fat and kiss the people you love. Ummm…those are two wonderful things!

I have already decreed 2016’s cupcake buzzword- simplicity. So no white-chocolate-strawberry-cinnamon-rose-petal-infused cupcakes here today. We’re going Straight-Up Strawberry. Poor strawberry gets caught in the middle of all the desserts. People loathe her because she’s too sweet, or she’s au natural in a batch of organic muffins. I tried to toe the line of compromise for these cupcakes. No fake strawberry flavor, only the real deal, but pink food coloring did earn a role. They’re light and flavorful and a little tart and pretty and pink!

Recipe (makes 12)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pink food coloring

Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • strawberries for garnish
  • red sprinkles for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin with festive cupcake liners. Combine cupcake ingredients and beat until smooth. Fill liners and bake for 15 minutes. Combine frosting ingredients and beat until smooth and frothy. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish. Do yourself a favor and share these…you’ll earn copious karma points.

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I spied Chloe a few weeks back at Fred Meyer. She was minding her own business, kind of the queen of the castle, atop a Valentine’s Day promotional display. Her label was tied with a neat, black bow, zero context as to her flavor profile. I just had to take her home.

Well she truly is a saucy minx, no bones about it. She’s tart and tangy, but extremely drinkable. I can’t think of anything that she wouldn’t pair well with. She’s actually a little bit more tart than the cupcakes are, which worked out well. She also doesn’t break the bank at around $12 a bottle. My kinda lady.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful love day and a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna

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