It was my kiddo's birthday last week ,he insisted for a vanilla cake with strawberries.His wish was granted, mommy was for once going to bake a cake without chocolate. The strawberries are not in season yet ,can be pricey and not as fresh as those sold in summer. None of which would matter to my little one ,as long as strawberries are on and in his special cake.
The frosting is incredibly simple to make ,blend of low fat or fat-free sour cream and cream cheese with touch of vanilla and sweetness of honey.
Recipe :Vanilla Strawberry Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese frosting
Makes 10-12 cupcakes
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Agave nectar or Pure Organic Honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Canola oil
2 large Organic eggs
1 cup Skimmed milk
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract(alcohol-free)
1/2 cup strawberries ,finely chopped
6 ounces low fat cream cheese
1/2 cup fat free or low fat sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract(alcohol-free)
1/4 cup pure Organic Honey
2 cups strawberries,hulled and quartered
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Line the muffin tray with baking cups.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.In another bowl whisk eggs,mix in sugar, honey and oil,add the strawberries ,combine. Now combine this wet mixture slowly in the dry mixture until completely incorporated.
Fill the baking cups 3/4 th full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.Cool completely.
To make the frosting,blend the cheese ,sour cream,vanilla with the honey until smooth. Spread over cooled cupcakes. Top with strawberries quarters before serving. Left over frosting can be refrigerated for a week or two.