Saturday, July 18, 2009

Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes

I fell in love with these cupcakes the moment I saw them on The Ungourmet. Part of the attraction was likely that they are made using strawberry soda. I haven't had strawberry soda since I was a kid (there's a story there, but I won't go there!) I was anxious to have a positive association with the stuff! :)

These cupcakes were incredibly easy to put together-- I am not ashamed to admit that it's a box cake mix! If you aren't planning on eating all of them the day they're made, the box mix product always lasts so much longer, while tasting just as fresh as the first day! No surprise either... the star of the show was the cream cheese frosting. Can anything else really compete?

Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes
1 package white cake mix
3 egg whites
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups strawberry soda
Cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake mix as directed, with the egg whites, the oil, and substituting the soda for the water. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake as directed on the box and cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1- 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 drops of red food coloring

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and food coloring with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time until smooth and spreadable.

Source: The Ungourmet

20 comments:

  1. These are absolutely adorable! I had to laugh when you made reference to your "strawberry milk story". The fond memories of childhood, huh?!?

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  2. I wish I could find strawberry soda up here!

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  3. OMG, I can't remember the last time I had strawberry soda! How funny. These look too pretty to eat. I really need to improve my frosting skills.

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  4. Strawberries are one of my favs. Very nice shade of pink!

    Stopping by from SITS.
    ◄Happy Saturday Sharefest!►

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  5. Happy Saturday Sharefest!
    And yum.

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  6. My son wants a strawberry cake for his birthday and I think this will be the winning recipe. It looks amazing. Can't wait to try it out! Thanks :)

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  7. Love strawberry cake. Love it!

    I have a story about strawberry soda too, and it's not a good one :-)

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  8. Delectable, these look de-lightful and de-licious! I can just imagine how good they are, and look how nicely you frosted them up.

    Boxed cake mixes are good!

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  9. I love using boxed cake mixes and then adding fun stuff to make them "unique". These are so adorable...I bet my daughter would love them at her next birthday party :D Great job!

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  10. Monica, I wonder if our stories are the same!

    :)Sarah

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  11. Those are beautiful...so festive looking :)

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  12. Your cupcakes look beautiful! I love the pink sprinkles!

    I am smiling reading this! It's so fun to hop onto a bloggy friends blog and see The Ungourmet mentioned. What a fun surprise! :0)

    Hope you are having a nice weekend!

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  13. I am so going to look for strawberry soda.. These sound incredibly delicious!

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  14. Oh, my the cupcakes look so good! I can't resist a cupcake.

    Stopping by from SITs

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  15. These look incredible-I'm all for box mixes especially when you're a busy Mom...the kids certainly love any treats!!! Great job on the icing...just like the ones you can buy at a bakery. ;) I can't wait to try these.

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  16. Awwww...these are so cute, especially for all the little girls out there!! Is there a certain brand of strawberry soda? I don't know that I've ever seen it before in stores? They look really cute and yummy too : )

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  17. Kim,

    The soda I bought was Sunkist. Good luck!

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  18. Yumm, these look so good, and strawberry is one of my fave flavors.

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