I was meaning to blog yesterday morning, but the wifi in my community has been acting wonky for the past few days. So please accept my sincerest apology. :)
Sunday evening, my brother and I went bike riding out back behind our house. We typically play cops and robbers (which is so much fun on a bike!), but this time we were just riding around. Well, I rode in one direction and he rode in another, and the next thing I know, I turn the corner and see my baby brother (10 years my junior) limping towards me with tears brimming in his eyes. He fell off his bike! Yes! I know!!! It wasn't awful, but he did manage to scrape most of the skin off of his right elbow, scuffed up his right knee, scraped his left wrist and hurt his lip. He was a trooper as I helped him back to our house. He didn't let the tears flow until my mom started to bandage him up. With all that said, I felt pretty bad about what happened. I mean, I was only a few feet away from him and I should have kept a better eye on him. Because I felt so awful, I decided to make him cupcakes as a sweet treat to help ease the pain.
I used a Duncan Hines Confetti cake mix to make the cupcakes (I used the egg white recipe) but created my own strawberry buttercream.
I don't follow too many recipes or rules when I create my own buttercream, but the rules I do follow make all the difference. First, I try my hardest to let my salted (or unsalted) butter come to room temp. From time to time, I become impatient or in a time crunch, so I typically pop it in the microwave. [Well, don't use the microwave unless you have to. If you do use the microwave, use it in 7 second increments, not allowing it to become liquified.]
Once the butter arrives at room temp, you will want to cream it until it is white. Yes, white. I'm blessed to have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, so I can just walk away for a while. If you don't have one, it's ok. I used a hand mixer for almost 2 years creaming butter by hand. If that's the case, clear off a spot on your counter to sit on and have some form of entertainment near by, because using a hand mixer to cream butter will take about 7-10 minutes.
Now that you've got white, fluffy, creamy butter, you can add in 2 cups of powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) one cup at a time. After my first cup of sugar I add a splash of heavy whipping cream. The butter and sugar will combine and become thick initially, but gradually smooth out. Add the rest of your sugar and another splash of whipping cream. Be sure to mix until the buttercream smooths out.
Next is the fun part! Adding the strawberries!! Normally, I puree my strawberries, but since the idea popped into my head so quickly, I just decided to mash some up. I literally cut up 4 medium size strawberries, threw them in a plastic cup, and used the knife to cut/mash them up. Surprisingly, I ended up with a lot of juice from the strawberries!
The trick to adding fruit/fruit puree or juice to a buttercream is to add it slowly. If you add too much, the buttercream may separate. I added probably not even 1/4 cup of the mashed up strawberries and juice to the buttercream. Continue to mix. Add another splash of heavy whipping cream to tone down the natural fruit juices. After all that is done, sit your buttercream in the fridge for just a few minutes to allow the fruit juices to set momentarily. Be sure the buttercream isn't stiff. It's hard to pipe cold buttercream! You don't have to let the frosting chill if you don't want to, but you may experience some running.
I attempted to use a jumbo closed star tip to frost the cupcakes, but some of the strawberry chunks got stuck, so be sure to use a jumbo round open tip when frosting. It won't come out nearly as cute, but it's ok. The cupcakes will still taste great! Be sure to check out the recipe page for this simple buttercream recipe.
Remember, a sweet treat can always fix any scrape or gash. Enjoy!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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