Birthdays are a big deal in our house. Last month, we celebrated my husband's birthday with some friends at a baseball game. It was a lot of fun but not the most practical place to take a cake. (Not to mention that it was 108 degrees that day.) I decided instead to send birthday cupcakes to work with him so that his coworkers could join in the birthday celebration instead of trying to get cupcakes to a baseball game.
One of his favorite desserts in strawberry shortcake but that is also not a very practical dessert to send to the office. I came up with my own cupcake version of strawberry shortcake that would be easier to transport and to share with friends - a strawberry shortcake cupcake. A white cake with a fresh strawberry center and whipped cream frosting.
I adapted the white cake recipe from one that I had seen on sugarandsnapshots.com. I loved the idea of adding lemon flavor to the cake to highlight the fresh strawberries.
White Cake Cupcakes
2 1/2 c Cake Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
4 egg whites
1 1/4 c buttermilk
2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Bake each pan for 15-18 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.
Once the cupcakes are cool, use a small pairing knife to cut the center out of each cupcake.
Cut the top off of a fresh strawberry and push it into the center.
Top with fresh whipped cream and half of a fresh strawberry.
Not your typical birthday cake and not very manly - but definitely delicious.
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