Spring and Strawberry Cupcakes

Started out a beautiful morning and was up to 54 at one point, then…. temperature dropped and the wind came up.  Sure sign that something is blowing in.  Sure just cuz we planned a road trip for late next week.  Well, maybe it will blow right on through.  I can always hope.

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STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

Cream together:

   1/2 cup butter

   1 cup sugar

Add:

   2 egg yolks

   1 whole egg

Combine:

   1 1/2 cups flour

   1 tsp baking powder

   1/4 tsp salt

Combine in seperate bowl:

   1/3 cup strawberry puree

   1/4 cup milk

   1 tsp vanilla

   zest of one lemon

Add alternately into butter sugar mixture.  Oven at 350 and ready muffin tin by either spraying or with cupcake liners.  Divide batter evenly between cups and bake 22-2 minutes.  Cool on rack.

For frosting combine:

1 cup butter

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup strawberry puree

The frosting almost looks curdled, but now worries…tastes good.

I thawed out twice as many strawberries as I needed so ended up making a cake in an 8 inch pan and then spliting it into two layers.  I also ended up adding more strawberries and powdered sugar to the frosting, so had plenty of that too. 

Threw a beef pot roast in the crockpot this morning with Penzeys beef soup mix.  Later in the afternoon threw in some onions and mushrooms and made a gravy.  Cooked rice and wa la…dinner.

Oh and forgot.  Had our first salad with the greens from the Aerogarden.img_1046

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