Sunday, May 20, 2012

Skinny Strawberry Daisy Cupcakes: DailyBuzz Moms 9x9

DailyBuzz Moms has again invited me to join their 9 x 9 - this month it's all about floral cupcakes! Now that is a topic I just couldn't turn down! When I first started thinking about what to make I had visions of piping beautiful buttercream peonies... But I knew how that would turn out... Me eating spoonfuls of butter and sugar in the form of that evil irresistible buttercream. So I decided to save calories, time, and a stomachache by topping a fresh strawberry Cooking Light cake turned into bite-sized cupcakes with my favorite tangy lemon glaze. The combination of the cake and glaze turned out to be even tastier than buttercream.

Tiny wild daisies from the backyard made pretty cupcake toppers. No wild flowers in your backyard? You can get edible flowers in the fresh herb section of the grocery store.
Favorite 2-year-old kitchen job: lining muffin cups with pretty liners. These are from Fancy Flours

 Wouldn't these be so cute for a baby or bridal shower? The only thing I wasn't thrilled about was just how bright pink these turned out - I prefer natural color and would not add as much food coloring next time.

 Skinny Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze
printer friendly recipe
makes about 24 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups sliced strawberries
10 ounce all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring (YM recommends using a little less for a more natural color)

Lemon Glaze: 
1 cup confectioners' sugar
juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 muffin pans or mini muffin pans with liners.

To prepare cake, place sliced strawberries in a food processor; process until smooth.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in egg whites. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add pureed strawberries and food coloring; beat just until blended.

Divide batter between muffin pans. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes (less time for minis) or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Place confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Whisk in lemon juice until glaze is thick but pourable. Add more sugar to thicken, more lemon juice to thin. Spoon glaze over cooled cupcakes and allow glaze to harden.


  1. These are so pretty! I love the photos of your little helper. So cute!

  2. Just found your it!! (I also love that you're a former Hunter/Jumper like me! I'm a mom to an almost one-year old girl and am wondering if she will follow in my footsteps. Do you hope your girls will ride and/or compete?)
    These cupcakes look delicious!

  3. These are enchanting, and I'm sure so much better than all that heavy buttercream. The color is kind of fun, too, it shows up through the pretty cupcake wrappers really nicely.

  4. incredibles ideas and this blog is full of style!

  5. They are just adorable for this time of year. Wedding shower to baby shower, graduations, bridal luncheons. Tis the season for so many celebrations!

  6. they look lovely, light and refreshing!

  7. Oh my, these sound so yummy and they're so pretty too! What a cute little helper you have :)

  8. I absolutely love the color! Course I have a 19 year old and hot pink is all the rage. Very cute! They look tasty too!

  9. I love the color! They're so fun and far too pretty to eat. Voted. And pushed you into 23rd. ;O

  10. Marina...these look so beautiful. Perfect for a summer picnic! I will definitely have to give these a try (just printed out the recipe!)
    XO - Marion

  11. Marina,
    My DIL loves strawberry cake, she will be so happy to have this recipe. BTW, I made your halibut recipe from last week, it was not only delicious but super simple. We made it for dinner guests and they raved about it. Thanks!

  12. Love this beautiful recipe. Your pictures are always incredible!

  13. I love this time of the year with all the fresh fruit especially strawberries! Your cupcakes look so elegant and pretty! Almost to pretty to eat, key word, almost! :)

  14. Beautiful little cupcakes! And what a fun 9x9 theme, love it!
    I made rose-piped cupcakes for mother's day this year, and for sure there was a lot of buttercream eaten that day, haha! :)

  15. Lovely cupcakes and I especially love the idea of using edible flowers! I tried to make mint green cupcakes this past weekend and they turned out to look more like Grinch green :)

  16. These are making my mouth water! Your little helper is a doll, Marina, and these cupcakes are darling!

  17. These cupcakes came out so pretty. I think the pink is festive and happy. Such lovely photos and I adore seeing your little gal helping in all the fun.

  18. Not only do I love strawberry cupcakes but I love combining lemon with berries and the glaze is perfect for them!

  19. These look so good, and I like the lemon glaze instead of buttercream. Such a nice combination with strawberry. I'm hoping to go strawberry picking this weekend at a local farm. :)

  20. These are absolutely gorgeous and I love your recipe!! :)

  21. These look so scrumptious! I bet the lemon glaze heightens the flavor of the strawberries in an amazing way. Gorgeous photos and your daughter is so CUTE!

  22. WOW! They look so cute! And yummie. Perfect for summer:-)

  23. these are so beautiful! there's nothing like a pretty cupcake - and now a healthier, yet still delicious one! lovely post as always :)
    Mary x

  24. Your daughter is so precious and the cupcakes look wonderful! I already pinned them:)

  25. Super Cute!!!! Such a fun recipe and baby girl is so precious.

  26. Looks amazing & so super tasty! Just pinned it for future reference. :) Stopping by from DBM! :)

  27. your photography is gorgeous! and so are these look gems of cupcakes.

  28. These are sooooo delicious!!

  29. I enjoyed your skinny strawberry cupcakes recipe and I am following through google plus. I hope you stop by and add me to your circles.

    Thank you


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