100% homemade Strawberry Shortcake. In cupcake form.
I recently partnered with The Bozzuto Group, a real estate company that develops and manages fabulous homes and apartment buildings in the Mid-Atlantic, to create the perfect cupcake recipe in celebration of their 25th anniversary. The recipe was inspired by their office favorite, strawberry shortcake, to go along with their 25 for 25! Sweepstakes (details below).
I haven’t had strawberry shortcake in years! My mom used to make it for us during the summertime for dessert. It was such a treat! I always loaded up on the whipped cream. My favorite part.
I was excited that my responsibility for the recent partnership with Bozzuto was to make a treat replicating my childhood favorite dessert.
For the cupcakes, I used my go-to vanilla cupcake recipe. It’s a simple vanilla batter that does not require a mixer. Everything may be mixed by hand and they only take about 25 minutes start to finish. They are infused with vanilla extract and vanilla bean. Just pure tasting vanilla goodness. You may leave out the fresh vanilla bean, but I strongly recommend you using it.
These cupcakes are vanilla to the extreme. Soft, fluffy, and so much aromatic vanilla.
What’s strawberry shortcake without… well… strawberries? I filled my vanilla cupcakes with homemade strawberry filling. If you think the vanilla cupakes are easy, just wait until you experience the simplicity of this filling. 2 cups of diced strawberries cooked down with sugar and cornstarch. You must have cornstarch on hand after making these, right?! The mixture will thicken and it will be comparable to a sweet homemade strawberry jam with a few glorious chunks of real strawberry. Nothing fake or artificial here. Pure strawberries.
Filling the cupcakes is a piece of (short) cake.
Simply carve out a tiny hole in the center of the cupcake with a sharp knife. The hole will be about 3/4 inch deep. I didn’t use a ruler or anything – just make sure you don’t hit the bottom of the cupcake and you’ll be all set. Top the cupcake with the piece you cut out as seen in the background of the photo above. It doesn’t have to look pretty because you’ll be topping the cupcake with whipped cream.
Why didn’t I use a piping tip and bag to fill the cupcakes? Good question. The filling has strawberry chunks in it and it’s much simpler to spoon it inside rather than pipe it inside. Spooning the filling is also not as messy. Bonus!
The topping? Well, it’s homemade strawberry whipped cream of course! Between the cupcakes, the filling, and the whipped cream, I found that the whipped cream was the easiest. And quickest! Nothing from the store can replicate this strawberry whipped cream.
Simply beat 1.5 cups of whipping cream with sugar and vanilla extract. Beat it all for about 5 minutes until stiff peaks form. Add the leftover strawberry filling you have and beat for another 30-60 seconds. Boom. Luscious, thick, pink-tinted homemade strawberry whipped cream.
You will layer the strawberry whipped cream on top of the cupcakes with a knife. Then decorate with a couple strawberry slices if desired. Nothing fancy. Told ya these cupcakes are easy! I love the pretty chunks of strawberry hiding in the light pink whipped cream.
For 100% homemade, frosted, and filled cupcakes – the total time is about 1 hour. I don’t think you can really beat that anywhere. These cupcakes cheered us up last week during our 5 day stint of rain. Rain – every single day! Strawberry Shortcake brought some sunshine inside.
The fluffy, moist cupcakes are very-vanilla flavored, the strawberry filling is fresh and sweet, and the homemade strawberry whipped cream? Well nothing can top pink whipped cream in my mind.
Makes 12 cupcakes. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
- 1 and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 egg whites*
- 1/4 cup yogurt (Greek or regular yogurt; vanilla or plain)
- 3/4 cup milk (cow's milk; or soy milk; or vanilla almond milk)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- seeds scraped from 1/2 split vanilla bean (optional)
- 2 cups diced strawberries (about 10 medium strawberries finely diced)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- reserved 1/2 cup of strawberry filling
- Make the strawberry filling first. Place the strawberries in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly for about 4 full minutes until the strawberry juices have been released. Add the sugar and cornstarch and continue to stir for another 2 minutes. The mixture will be much thicker. Remove from heat and allow to cool as you prepare the cupcakes.
- Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Stir in sugar - mixture will be gritty. Stir in egg whites, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Split 1 vanilla bean down the middle lengthwise. Scrape seeds from half of the vanilla bean into batter.
- Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick.
- Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before filling and frosting.
- Fill the cupcakes: Using a sharp knife, cut a circle/hole into the center of the cupcake to create a little pocket about 1/2 inch deep. Place 1 teaspoon of strawberry filling inside and top with the piece of cupcake you removed to seal. See photos above. Repeat with all 12 cupcakes. You will have leftover filling to use in the whipped cream.
- Make the strawberry whipped cream: In a large bowl, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract together on high speed until stiff peaks begin to form, about 4-5 full minutes. Add the remainder of the strawberry filling and continue to beat for another 30 seconds. Frost the cupcakes with the strawberry whipped cream. You may have some whipped cream leftover.
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Win Free Cupcakes!
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Bozzuto is giving away 25 of one of their favorite things each month. This month’s prize is a delivery of 25 mini cupcakes from the amazing NYC bakery Baked By Melissa! There will be 25 winners total, but hurry – the winners will be selected May 25th.
What are you up to this weekend? I’m happy to announce that Jude got half of his stitches out. The vet found that the tumor we had removed on his hind leg was cancerous. There is a chance it may come back, but we are hopeful that it won’t. He is still recovering well! Next week, he will get the remainder of his stitches out.