Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

So… it was my boss’s birthday.  I don’t know how old she is, old enough that she didn’t want to tell anyone.  So I made her some birthday cupcakes.   Its not kiss-assing per se… more like I dunno, an excuse to make cupcakes.  Apparently she likes chocolate dipped strawberries – at least according to my other coworker who has worked for her a lot longer than I have.  So since that coworker is also allergic to chocolate, I decided that strawberry shortcake cupcakes were the way to go.

Makes: 24 cupcakes

Cupcakes:

1 box butter yellow cake mix

1 can diet cream soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix diet soda and cake mix.  Bake at 350 for 16 minutes.  The batter was really runny, so adjust baking times as needed.

Let cool

Filling  (optional)

1/2 can of strawberry pie filling.

Once cool, cut out a portion of the middle of the cupcakes. I tried to make the cuts in a ‘cone’ or v shape.  Make sure not to cut all the way down to the bottom of cupcake.

Icing:

1 stick of butter, softened

8oz cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup strawberry preserves (I used seedless)

1 tsp vanilla

2 – 3 cups powdered sugar

Cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and fluffy.  Add preserves and vanilla and beat until fluffy and creamy.   Stir in powdered sugar until the frosting reaches the desired consistency and sweetness.  It is very important, in the heat of summer, to make sure you are making your frosting in a cool room.  My apartment gets stupid hot, despite my air conditioning, and my icing was melty and soupy.  I tried putting it in the fridge for a while to harden it, but really, once it gets that bad there is no going back.  I piped it onto the cupcakes in the 1M rose technique, which I will not describe here.  Go to youtube, you lazy asshole, and look it up.

I topped 1/2 of them off with white chocolate dipped strawberries and the other half I left plain and topped with sprinkles.  Only because I didn’t have a full 24 strawberries to dip.   They were really delicious and everyone loved them at the office.  The butter flavor of the cake is insane good with the strawberry filling and the frosting is super creamy.