Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake
- Cake Batter:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self rising), sifted
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups whole strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Special equipment: Cupcake corer
For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and salt, and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy using an electric hand mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixing speed to low. Add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk. Beat until combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
For the filling: In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and the gelatin, then set aside. Cut up the whole strawberries into small pieces, and set aside in a small bowl. Using a food processor, puree the strawberries and pour into a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble, stirring constantly. Let the mixture boil for 2 minutes. Pour the hot mixture into the bowl with the water and unflavored gelatin. Stir together until incorporated. Add in the cut strawberries. Put in the refrigerator until the mixture has thickened, 2 hours.
For the frosting: Beat the butter and cream cheese until light and creamy. Add in the vanilla. Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add milk as needed if the frosting is too thick. Place the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
Contestant/Competition Recipe: This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.