Strawberry Cupcakes – a Valentine’s Day Special

This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something extra special and came up with these strawberry cupcakes. I used a cake recipe from a 2002 Clabber Girl cookbook and converted it to cupcakes. When the cupcakes come out of the oven, be prepared for a sweet strawberry smell that will fill up your kitchen and attract family from other rooms. Make sure you get the cupcakes onto a cooling rack so they can be filled and topped with frosting quickly or you may have a few plain cakes missing!

I love finding old recipes from our vault and updating them for the modern kitchen! These cupcakes would be great any time strawberries are in season. The cupcake filling isn’t necessary, and the cupcakes would still be really good without it, but it does add a special touch for celebrating Valentine’s Day. I made twice as much filling as I needed and ended up freezing the filling. It was similar to a homemade ice cream!

Strawberry Cupcakes with a Strawberry Purée and Whipped Cream Filling and Pink Buttercream Frosting

  • Prep time: 60 min + 30 min wait time
  • Cook time: 15-20 min
  • Yield: 30 cupcakes

Strawberry cake batter:

  • 2 3/4 c. cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 3 oz. strawberry gelatin (one small box)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. strawberries, puréed in 1 1/2 Tbsp. orange juice

Cupcake filling:

  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. strawberries, puréed in 1 Tbsp. orange juice

Pink buttercream frosting:

  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring

To prepare the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside. In a separate bowl, cream sugar, butter and gelatin. Add eggs and beat well. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to the creamed mixture. Add vanilla and puréed strawberries.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pans. Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until the center tests done. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes before piping in filling and topping with frosting.

To prepare the filling:

Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in sugar, vanilla and strawberry puree.

To prepare the frosting:

Beat butter for 2 minutes until it turns a light yellow color. Add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream until desired consistency. Add in food coloring until you reach the desired pink color.

Strawberry Cupcakes Step-by-Step Instructions

To prepare the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream sugar, butter and gelatin.

 

 

Add eggs and beat well. Use a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.

 

To purée the strawberries, I added sliced strawberries and orange juice to my blender. I pulsed it for a few seconds and it was just the right consistency. The orange juice will help to blend the strawberries, if your berries are very juicy, you may need less orange juice.

Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to the creamed mixture. I poured 1/3 of the flour, then 1/3 of the milk and repeated until everything was incorporated, scraping sides in between additions.

 

Add vanilla and pureed strawberries. Make sure the batter is fully blended without over beating.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pans. I used a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the batter and pour into the cups. This also helps to make sure you have the exact same amount of batter in each cup for even baking.

Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until the center tests done. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes before piping in filling and topping with frosting.

 

To prepare the filling:

Whip cream until stiff peaks form. When you lift your beaters, you should be able to see the imprint from the beaters in your bowl.

 

Fold in sugar, vanilla and strawberry puree. I used a spatula to fold everything in and wasn’t too thorough, so that the mixture would have some red streaks in it.

 

Put a piping bag into a liquid measuring cup and fill the bag with filling. This will help to get the filling down into the bag without messing up the top.

 

Use a butter knife and slit the top of each cupcake once it is completely cooled (approximately 30 minutes). Pipe the filling into each cupcake. Wipe away any excess before frosting.

 

To prepare the frosting:

Beat butter for 2 minutes until it turns a light yellow color. Add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream until desired consistency. Add in food coloring until you reach the desired pink color.

Use the measuring cup trick to fill your bag again. This recipe makes more than will fit in a standard piping bag, so I just frosted in 2 batches.

Garnish with a sliced strawberry, if desired.

 

 

Pound Cake Waffles: A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

We love breakfast! Especially weekend mornings when we have no plans, a nice home cooked breakfast is perfect. Waffles are definitely a favorite for us and so easy to make. The kids love them too. When looking through the Rumford Complete Cookbook this month, I wanted to try one of the waffle recipes. The pound cake waffle recipe sounded good, so I wanted to try that. I will for sure be making these again they were delicious!

The Pound Cake Waffles recipe is on page 128 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook. A photo of the recipe is below.

 

Here is my version of the recipe with some updates, I actually made these waffles a few times they were very well liked!

Pound Cake Waffles: A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe 

Ingredients:
3/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
5 eggs
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon or vanilla flavoring

Directions:

In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugar together and beat to a cream. Add the well beaten egg yolks to the bowl. Then the flour, salt, ad baking powder and mix together well. Add the flavoring you like and beat thoroughly. Lightly beat the egg whites and then add by folding them in the batter. Cook the waffles in a waffle maker and serve. One batch makes 12 waffles.

I tried these waffles with vanilla flavoring and they were so good! My family really enjoyed them. The flavoring just added a little extra to them. I made them another time and had almond extract and used that, which was also very good.

We will definitely be making these again. Breakfast or dinner (we like to have breakfast for dinner often) they are delicious!

 

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake


Strawberry fans will love this homemade strawberry poke cake! White cake made from scratch with strawberry gelatin combined with bits of strawberries throughout the cake, a thin layer of strawberry chunks, topped off with a layer of whipped cream is sure a sweet delight! Add a final touch of sliced fresh strawberries to the top to complete this fresh dessert!

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I thought it would be fun to share such a pretty cake and perfect for the holiday. But it is also great really any time of the year, especially when fresh strawberries are in season! Strawberries are my favorite fresh fruit in the summer! It is a great summer dessert!

This delicious white cake flavored with fresh strawberries and topped off with a layer of whipped cream is the perfect dessert for that fresh and sweet taste in a cake! It looks beautiful when you cut into it. If you need a fun, festive and tasty dessert for any holiday or get together this is a perfect and simple treat to make.

I like to bake desserts homemade and that is what I share here in the recipe, but you can easily use a White boxed caked mix just the same.

 

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake


Ingredients:

White Cake 
4 egg whites
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

Strawberry Filling
2 cups strawberries – cut small pieces
1 box strawberry gelatin mix
1/2 cup boiling water

1 container whipped cream

Directions:

In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the shortening, sugar, and vanilla and beat together with hand mixer until well mixed. Add egg whites to the sugar/shortening mixture and beat well. Then add the flour mixture and buttermilk a slowly and continue beating together until it is all mixed together well. Pour the batter into a 9×13 well greased baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
While the cake is baking and cooling, prepare the strawberry topping. Boil the water in a small saucepan. Chop and dice the strawberries into small pieces and crush them slightly. 2 cups of strawberries are needed. Add strawberry gelatin mix, the boiling water and the crushed strawberries to the saucepan and bring to a boil, then let cool.
Once the cake is cool use the end of a wooden spoon with a round handle and poke holes into the cake. Pour the cooled strawberry gelatin mixture over top of the cake and into the holes. Some of the strawberries can be spread out on top of the cake as well to give a little strawberry layer on top of the vanilla cake. Top off the cake by spreading the whipped cream all over the cake and add sliced strawberries on top. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

This Secret Ingredient Will Make Your Life Easier

We’ve all used baking soda for years as an ingredient in recipes to make baked goods rise. But you might be amazed at all the ways a baking soda can simplify and brighten your life! Clabber Girl’s new Fresh Shaker Multi-Purpose Baking Soda, with its “Shake or Pour” top makes it even easier to use everyday baking soda to clean, deodorize and freshen!

  1. Clean Produce

If you simply don’t trust the produce you bring home from the store to be really clean enough to eat, a washing with baking soda can remove wax, chemicals and bacteria and put your mind at ease. Rinse your fruits and veggies, coat them with baking soda, give them a scrub, then rinse them again for the freshest produce you can serve!

  1. Remove Coffee Stains

Wherever those nasty coffee stains build up–on your counter, under the coffee maker or in your sink–you can quickly and easily remove them with baking soda. Sprinkle liberally on the surface, scrub with a sponge or paper towel and rinse. The job is done, and you can take the time you saved to enjoy a cup of your favorite Rex Coffee!

  1. Freshen the Litter Box

If you have cats, you know how hard it is to eliminate those litter box odors. No matter what you do, it seems there’s always a hint of kitty smell hanging around the house. The solution is already there in your kitchen cabinet. Baking soda absorbs odors naturally, so sprinkle some on top of the litter to neutralize those smells.

  1. Scour Pans

Love your baking pans, but hate that nasty brown coating that they’ve developed? Don’t waste your dough on new ones! Simply pour a liberal amount of baking soda onto the pan, add water to form a paste, scrub and rinse. Your pans will look brand new, and you can get back to baking!

  1. Deodorize

“Whew! What’s that smell?” If you’ve uttered those words when your teenager takes off his tennis shoes or your husband opens his gym bag, there’s an easy, safe and natural way to deodorize all things stinky. Just shake some baking soda inside the smelly bag or shoes and let its odor-absorbing power do the work!

  1. Freshen Laundry

This tip for fresher laundry is so easy, you’ll be surprised you hadn’t thought of it! Simply sprinkle baking soda into the washing machine full of dirty clothes and wash as usual. Baking soda as a laundry additive is a great money saver. It makes your whites whiter and your colors brighter, plus it softens the water, so you can use less detergent and less bleach!

  1. Deodorize the Refrigerator

Probably the best-known use for baking soda, besides baking, is as a deodorizer for the fridge. No matter how well you package food for storage, there will be smells in the refrigerator. Clabber Girl’s “Shake or Pour” canister is a convenient way to absorb fridge odors naturally.

  1. Make Toothpaste

For years folks in the know have been using the special properties of baking soda to remove stains on their teeth and fight the germs that cause periodontal disease. A paste made with two tablespoons of baking soda, a teaspoon of water, one-eighth teaspoon of salt and a couple of drops of mint extract can clean and brighten your teeth, and at considerably less cost than commercial toothpastes. Give it a try!

  1. Clean Sink and Faucets

Shake some Clabber Girl Baking Soda into your sink and on and around your faucets to get rid of dried-on gunk and water spots as a part of your regular kitchen clean-up. Wiping down counter tops and sinks, then rinsing well with water, is an easy and frugal way to remove all sorts of food stains and brighten your kitchen, too.

  1. Make Dog Toothpaste

If baking soda is a great way to freshen and brighten your teeth, it makes sense that it’s a great way to clean Fido’s teeth as well. To make a palatable paste for your pets, mix two tablespoons of baking soda, a teaspoon of beef bouillon, one-quarter teaspoon of water, a pinch of salt, and one of parsley. Use it regularly to brush your doggie’s teeth, and his breath will be fresher, too!

Give these tips a try and let us know how they work out for you. And we’d love to hear from you about the new Clabber Girl Fresh Shaker Multi-Purpose Baking Soda, with the “Shake or Pour” top, and about your favorite ways to use baking soda for cleaning, deodorizing and freshening your home, car, gym locker or wherever!