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I love strawberries so much! They are absolutely, hands down, my favorite fruit. Where I grew up, u-pick strawberry were fairly common. You could get a basket or bucket, head out into the field, and pick strawberries so ripe you could smell them in the sun.
Grocery stores frequently have amazing deals on strawberries during peak season – last summer I got 3 pounds for $6 on the Mainland! Unfortunately, the usual price for strawberries in Hawaii is about $7 a pound. Womp-womp.
The other day at Costco they had a large container something slightly better than that per pound, and I convinced my husband to let us buy strawberries. I drew up this strawberry shortcake cupcake recipe to help us celebrate our delicious treat!
I wanted a strawberry cupcake that was more than just pink colored fluffy cake – I wanted it to be reminiscent of rich, creamy shortbread.
Many traditional shortbread recipes actually aren’t that sweet (I’ve seen plenty recipes without any sugar in the actual biscuit portion!), but are definitely rich.
These strawberry shortcake cupcakes hold true to that tradition; they do have sugar, but about half as much as many other cupcake recipes with a similar batch size. The cupcakes are topped with a sweetened whipped cream frosting and, of course, you can always add a strawberry on top!
Before getting into the recipe I have to caution you about two things: 1) once frosted, the cupcakes are best eaten immediately, or at least within the same day 2) eating them all in one day may way to easy. 😉 If you aren’t able to eat the cupcakes quickly, especially after they’re frosted, I suggest freezing the extras. Freezing cupcakes is easy – just wrap them individually and pop in the freezer! I found a very informative blog post on how to freeze and store cupcakes on Life as a Strawberry.
For the cupcakes
For the frosting - for a generous quantity of frosting on each cupcake, double the frosting recipe.
For the frosting
Leftover whipped cream can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, so you can always just ice each cupcake right before enjoying it. Or, of course, you can dip your remaining strawberries in it! 🙂
I really hope you enjoy these strawberry shortcake cupcakes as much as we did!
What’s your favorite seasonal fruit? Do you have any favorite produce that is typically cost-prohibitive where you live?
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Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.