Strawberry Milk Cupcakes & a Giveaway (closed)

27 Feb

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Guys, I have totally been MIA lately.  First, I have been sucked in this book.  It’s the last book in a series that I have been reading for over 10 years.  Secondly, I have been totally obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence.  Her post Oscar win interview was hilarious and so just real.  I mean. if Kristen Stewart  has as much personality and L-Law has in her pinky finger maybe, maybe I could stand her.  Then again…. probably not.

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Ok, on to the cupcakes.  My daughter wanted pink ballerina cupcakes so these are what I came up with.  The cupcakes is a super light milk sponge cake and the frosting is a simple buttercream made with Nesquik Strawberry Milk Syrup.  I really wanted to make them pretty so I watched this video about a million times and piped flowers.  Note: watch the video without sound.  It’s not the best video but hey it worked.  Then I stuck ballerinas in them.

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I practiced piping the flowers using the bottom of a small bowl so I could just scrape off the icing and put it back in the bag.  It took me awhile to get the hang of it but it’s a very forgiving technique.

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Oh and I totally forgot to share a pic of the sugar cookies I made for Valentine’s day.  I made these for all the kids in Little Miss’s preschool class.  I have a love/hate relationship with royal icing.  I’ll leave all that for another day.

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To enter the giveaway for the mixer necklace please leave a comment and tell me what your favorite cupcake flavor is.

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Giveaway is open internationally.  I will draw for the necklace on Monday, March 4th, 2013.

*Giveaway is sponsored by me.  Options are all mine.  I was given a free pair of earring from Busted Button.

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Strawberry Milk Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Milk Sponge Cake - yields 12 cupcakes
  • 3/4 c + 2 tbs cake flour (all purpose will work)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1/4 c + 2 tbs whole milk
  • 2 eggs - room temp
  • 1/2 c + 2 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Strawberry Milk Frosting
  • 1/2 c butter - room temp
  • 2 1/2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 c Nesquik Strawberry Milk Syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbs milk to thin if necessary
  • Pink food coloring

Instructions

    Milk Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Place oven rack in the middle position. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcakes liners. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together cake flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat add milk and butter until butter melts. Do not boil. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, add eggs, sugar and vanilla. On medium speed beat until light and fluffy and has tripled in volume. About 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour mixture over the egg mixture and fold it in with a spatula. Then add the rest of the flour mixture and fold it in.
  6. Next pour in the luke warm milk mixture. If it has completely cooled rewarm slightly.
  7. Fold in warm milk mixture until just incorporated. You do want to make sure the batter is all the same consistency.
  8. Divide evenly between your prepared cupcake liners. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the top springs back slightly when touched. Remove from muffin tins and let cool completely before frosting.
  9. Strawberry Milk Frosting
  10. In the bowl of your standing mixer beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes. Sift in confectioners sugar and mix on low until combined. Add in your vanilla and strawberry syrup. Beat on medium until light and fluffy. Add in additional milk if necessary to get it to piping consistency.
  11. *To Pipe Flowers
  12. Place a Wilton 104 tip on the end of a piping bag. Place 1/2 your frosting on one side of the piping bag. Add 1 or 2 drops of pink food coloring to the frosting in the bowl and mix until uniform in color. Take darker frosting and fill the piping bag.
  13. Hold the tip parallel to the cupcake and pipe in a hooking motion around the outside edge of the cupcake. Once the bottom is done repeat the process starting closer to the center of the cupcake. I got 3 layers on mine.
  14. If you feel like you might need to practice a lot (which I did) don't color your frosting until you have the technique down and use the back of a small bowl to practice instead of a cupcake, easy to scrape the icing off of .
  15. Milk Sponge Cake from [Baked Explorations| Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented
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30 Responses to “Strawberry Milk Cupcakes & a Giveaway (closed)”

  1. Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Gaaaaah I love that necklace! Me want! Hmm…that sounded pretty juvenile but whatevs, I’m an honest lady. My fave cupcake flavour is vanilla (surprisingly, not chocolate). I LOVE a good, rich, moist, vanilla cupcake. As for these cupcakes, damn, you’ve got great piping skills! I don’t think I could ever make frosting look that beautiful. I love all these photos. And the owl cookies are too cute for words.

  2. Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Does it count if I already follow you on Twitter?

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    And on Facebook? You know I love ya.

  4. barbara n February 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    My favorite cupcake flavor is vanilla

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    These are beyond gorgeous cupcakes! SO pretty! My favorite cupcake is funfetti, and I love that necklace!

  6. Corisa February 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    love anything chocolate peanut butter!

  7. Michelle P February 28, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    My favorite cupcake flavor has to be red velvet. I cant wait to try these Strawberry Milk ones.

  8. Michelle P February 28, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    I’m now following you on twitter (@bosox86)

  9. Michelle P February 28, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    Annnndd on Facebook =)

  10. Jane February 28, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    I absolutely love pistachio flavored cupcakes!

  11. Beth C. February 28, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I’d love a good cookie dough cupcake.

  12. Beth C. February 28, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I follow you on Facebook.

  13. Beth C. February 28, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I also follow you on Twitter.

  14. Victoria A. February 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Such a cute necklace, I’d definitely wear that. I like checking out the new and shiny kitchenaid mixers, but I’ll always have a special love for the old vintage ones like the one I use.
    My favorite cupcake flavor is coconut. I usually take my basic vanilla recipe and add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, then frost with lemon butter cream and roll the top in more coconut. Mmm. Depending on my mood, I sometimes toast the coconut first too!

    • Christina February 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      That sounds amazing. I’m going to have to try that.

  15. Victoria A. February 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Liked you on Facebook!

  16. teyacakes February 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I was going to make these, but the sugar measurement is left out of the batter ingredient list.

    • Christina February 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Oh my goodness I’m such a ditz. It’s 1/2c + 2 tbs granulated sugar. I’m updating the recipe now. Thanks for letting me know.

  17. Elizabeth Kellett February 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I just made a brown sugar cupcake with cookie dough filling and a cookie dough buttercream yesterday for my husbands work party.. They are sooo good! Definitely a new favorite!

  18. Elizabeth Kellett February 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I’m following you on twitter!

  19. Dj February 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    My favorite flavor is regular old’ vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. Yummy

  20. Amy S February 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    I love red velvet cupcakes!

  21. Julie March 2, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I love chocolate
    thansk :)

  22. Molly Allen March 2, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    My all-time favorite cupcake flavor is definitely red velvet. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect one! ;)

  23. Molly Allen March 2, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I like you on Facebook!

  24. Molly Allen March 2, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I am following you on Twitter! @CakeFYI

  25. Liz Blunt March 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    MMmm – chocolate cupcakes with choclate frosting!

  26. Erica Best March 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    favorite cupcake flavor is red velet

  27. Steph Cannon March 4, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    My favorite flavor is the good ol’ classic red velvet with cream cheese icing! Mmm Mmm! I just can’t turn it down if I see one. ;)

  28. Steph Cannon March 4, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    I also follow you on Facebook ;)

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