Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

 

I know, I post a ridiculous amount of cupcakes. But really, can you blame me? If I were to do a cookbook someday it might just be a cupcake cookbook becaus

What you will need

1 2/3 cup cake flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened

3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 large egg whites

1/3 cup fresh strawberry puree*

1/4 cup buttermilk**

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

5 drops red food coloring (optional)

3/4 cup diced strawberries (dice into about 1/4-inch pieces)

Diced and whole strawberries for topping (about 1 lb small strawberries)

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp strawberry puree

1/2 cup unsalted butter , nearly at room temperature

1/4 cup salted butter , nearly at room temperature

2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

4 drops red food coloring (optional)

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