I am excited say I am going to Cozumel, Mexico, for spring break. Two other families + us are all renting this amazing house down by the beach. I'm very excited just to get away for a couple of days and catch up on some must needed sleep. This will be the second time in Cozumel for me and I know we already have a dive planned, we rented a jeep, and we have our own little private beach by the house we rented. I'm extremely excited, and I will definitely be posting pictures. But, this also means missing two weeks (the 17th and the 24th) of The Sunday Pastry :(
Yes, Easter is the Sunday a day after we get back, so I will most likely be taking a break.
But I have plans to post next weekend for sure!

This week is... Strawberry Cupcakes with Simple Vanilla Frosting. The standout though is really the frosting. It has the perfect look and texture. The cake itself is denser with a hint of strawberry.

Strawberry Cupcakes and Simple Vanilla Frosting

Makes 12

For Strawberry Cupcakes:
2/3 cup pureed strawberries
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 egg whites

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tin. Stir together the pureed strawberries, milk, and vanilla. In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. In a big standing mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, then slowly add the egg and both egg whites. Add half the flour mixture, then the strawberry mixture, then the rest of the flour mixture until just blended being sure to scrape the bowl as you go. Divide evenly in muffin tin and bake for 23 min.

Simple Vanilla Frosting:
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine flour and milk. Stir constantly until thick and batter like (4 to 5 min). Remove from heat and let come to room temperature. As you wait for it to cool, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add vanilla and incorporate. Once flour mixture is cool, add it to the butter mixture and beat. The frosting will take a while to set up, but beat until you have a fluffy, whipped cream consistency. (Be sure to scrape the bottom as the flour mixture might settle there).

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