I knew she loved strawberry cupcakes, but I didn't want to go the easy route and buy the boxed cake mix. I like to get my hands dirty and say I actually MADE what I baked.
I went to my trusty Pinterest boards, and found the perfect pin with accompanying recipe.
So, I headed to the grocery store to stock on the goods and get started!
1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease your cupcake pans. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 - 8 oz. packages of Cream Cheese
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
pinch of salt
Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Blend on slow as you add vanilla, salt and powdered sugar. Once blended, turn mixer on high and blend until nice and fluffily. Use immediately or refrigerate.
Of course, I forgot to take a final picture. But, trust me when I say these were AMAZING! Sooo yummy, and they had the perfect strawberry flavor.
They didn't last long at work either. All of my co-workers complimented me and even asked me to share the recipe!
Since this was a pinterest inspired recipe, I'm linking up with sweet Michelle for Oh, How Pinteresting!
Happy hump day, friends!