mini strawberry cupcakes


i wanted to make cupcakes today and was having a hard time deciding what kind to make. i ended up deciding because i had a basket of strawberries in my fridge that i've yet to use in anything yet. this recipe makes about 18 mini cupcakes, so for regular size ones you should double everything. i also finally got a new frosting bag and a few tips so i was pretty excited to do some frosting with the star tip. they don't look amazing, but they're a big step up from snipping the corner off of a plastic bag!
for the cupcakes:
3/4 cup flour
3/8 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup milk at room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

preheat oven to 350ยบ F. mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a greased cupcake tin or cupcake liners until each tin is about 3/4 full. bake for 15-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. let cupcakes cool, at least 10-15 minutes before frosting.
for the frosting:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1-2 tbsp. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla

18 small strawberries (or one for each cupcake), washed and with the tops cut off 

combine all ingredients with a hand mixer, adding whipping cream until it reaches desired consistency. frost cupcakes and plop a strawberry on top of each one. even though each one is only a mouthful, try not to eat them all at once!

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