I am notorious for planning exhausting vacations. If you want to spend your vacation relaxing on the beach with a good book - it's probably best, not to invite me.😅 If you want to see all the boroughs of New York City in a single afternoon - I'll be your travel agent.🙋🏻♀️🗽 My family jokes about the training that they have to do in preparation for an "Amy-cation" just so they can keep up with my ridiculous pace. 🏃🏻♀️
My speciality is packing a whole lot of adventure into a short amount of time. Did I mention that we toured Ireland in a weekend? 🇮🇪😅 For me, the litmus test for a good vacation is the level of exhaustion that I feel when I return home. 😅 As you might have guessed, I'm not the easiest person to travel with - I admit that. 😬 Lucky for me, I've got the best, most energetic and tolerant travel partner to accompany me on these crazy vacations. (I'm pretty sure that was in our wedding vows. 😂)
My love of packing the maximum into the minimum isn't only a vacation trait for me, though. It's a characteristic that carries over into my cooking too. This strawberry cupcake is the perfect example of that. I managed to squeeze in a serving of fresh strawberries, a handful of frozen strawberries and some heaping spoonfuls of freeze dried strawberries into each cupcake.🍓 This little treat packs a big strawberry punch and it is sooooo good.
White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
1 and 3/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
10 ounces frozen strawberries
White Chocolate Strawberry Frosting
1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
2 cups butter, softened to room temperature
10 egg whites
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
6 ounces white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
fresh strawberries coated with 2 ounces melted white chocolate
Decorate with white chocolate covered strawberries.
Summer may be coming to an end but doesn't mean that I'm ready to stop making strawberry cupcakes. Enjoy!
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