My daughter wanted strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting for her 4th birthday and these fit the bill nicely. I did not modify the cake recipe at all, except to bake some as mini-cupcakes (see below). For the frosting: To add strawberry flavor, I used about 4 TBL of organic strawberry jam, figuring it would add flavor without making the frosting too runny. The counterpoint between the sweet strawberry flavor and the tart cream cheese made them taste a bit like strawberry cheesecake! Also, I doubled the frosting recipe because I like to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and that takes a bit more per cupcake. And I used red paste coloring to make it a cheerful bright pink for my daughter's party. Finally, I topped with "valentine's" nonpareil mix for added fun. I baked this recipe as 24 mini-cupcakes and had enough batter left for 6 regular size. I baked the minis for 5 minutes, checked and turned the pan, then baked for 5 more. I baked the regular size for about 20 minutes total, as directed. Everyone really enjoyed them and several people asked for the recipe. They looked super sweet displayed on a mini-cupcake rack that I bought from a local craft store. And mini-cupcakes are really the perfect size for kids...so much easier for them to handle.
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My daughter wanted strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting for her 4th birthday and these...