As promised, although slightly late, here is one option for using all of those perfectly ripe summer strawberries. These fresh strawberry cupcakes certainly let the sweetness of the strawberry shine. I used white cake and filled the cupcakes with berries marinated in sugar, grand marnier, mint and orange zest. Surprisingly so, these additions really help to make the flavor of the berry pop and add some depth to the overall taste. To top the cupcakes, I made a fresh strawberry buttercream. Using my traditional Italian Buttercream recipe (post to come soon), I added fresh, mashed strawberries. The juices from the mashing helped to not only flavor but also color the buttercream a perfectly pale pink. I purposely mashed the berries instead of pureeing them because I also wanted small pieces of the strawberry throughout the buttercream. If you are going to go to all the trouble of making fresh strawberry buttercream, you may as well show it off, right? To finish up, I adorned each cupcake with a small perfect berry (stems attached, for that just from the farm look) and there you have it.
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes