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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Strawberry Almond Cupcakes

Monday, August 1, 2011

Strawberry Almond Cupcakes





I am exhausted.  I have spent all weekend cleaning out my kitchen.  I have decided there is just too much in there that doesn't get used.  So between junk drawers and huge cabinets, I also decided my magazine collection is entirely too large.  I am going through each of them and ripping out the recipes I want.  I will then make a binder for each magazine.  Sounds all nice and organized, doesn't it?  I think it sounds exhausting!  I will be thrilled when it is done though!  I wish I had one of these cupcakes left, because maybe that would make me feel better.

I made these to bring to my family reunion, along with Margarita Cupcakes.  I think these were the star of the show.  Every single one of these was gone by mid afternoon.  I saw this awhile ago on Bake Your Day.  I am a sucker for anything with Almond Extract in it, strange I know.  So when I said I would bring cupcakes, this was the first on my list to make.  I am very glad I did, they are amazing.

Strawberry Almond Cupcakes
From Bake Your Day
Printable Recipe

1 (18.25 ounce box) Strawberry cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, oil and extracts in a mixing bowl, mix with a whisk attachment on high for 1 minute, until all clumps are broken up.

Pour into a prepared muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops spring back after being touched.

Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack before frosting.

Almond Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks butter, room temperature
3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp Almond extract
1 Tbls milk

Cream together everything until the desired consistency is reached.   You can adjust the milk and sugar to get your desired consistency.  

29 Comments:

At August 1, 2011 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Junia said...

love the cupcake combo and your beautiful rose tip icing!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM , Anonymous Winelady Cooks said...

Hi Erin, thanks for visiting from YBR. I really appreciate it. I've been reading your blog and enjoying your posts and recipes. I'm a new follower. Please follow and join me on facebook when you get a chance.

Thanks so much,
Joanne

 
At August 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM , OpenID adashofdomestic said...

These look beautiful!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Erin! Oh I love almond extract too. Ever since my friend recommended to add it in waffle (I didn't even own one till then), I am addicted to this extract. This cupcake must be so good with almond and strawberry combo! Your icing is beautiful too. I also did a major cleaning in our closets while my mom was here, but I couldn't finish my daughter's room. I know I have to work on it but I'm scared to start because it can be pretty exhausting. I'm envious your kitchen is nice and organized now!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 6:11 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I'm 'm so glad you liked these, they are really a favorite of mine, they look delicious!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 6:51 PM , OpenID alittlelunch.com said...

I really liked your Margarita cupcakes -- now you've come up with Strawberry Almond! Guess I'll have to do a taste test... :)

 
At August 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM , Anonymous claudia lamascolo http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com/2011/08/nothing-special-chocolate-rice-krispy.html said...

You have such a way to create art work this is gorgeous your family is so lucky to have someone like you that can bake like this wow~

 
At August 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM , Blogger The Harried Cook said...

Love the cupcakes... They sound yummy, and look really good! Thanks for sharing :)

 
At August 1, 2011 at 9:01 PM , Anonymous Karis' Kitchen said...

I too am a sucker for almond extract! I made some ice cream last week with it, and now I want to include it in all future ice cream recipes :)

Just a suggestion if you haven't already created a binder for each magazine...I have 15 binders with various labels such as appetizers, salads, soups, muffins, cookies, etc, which have been really helpful in organizing my stash of recipes from magazines.

 
At August 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

These cupcakes sound fantastic! Cleaning the kitchen...less fun. It's on my to-do list and I keep pushing it back to the bottom. Maybe if I entice myself with one of these cupcakes after the chore is done, it'll help the motivation :)

 
At August 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Ali said...

I don't think liking everything with almond extract is weird at all. I love almond anything too :) Beautiful cupcakes, they look delicious!

If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

 
At August 1, 2011 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kitchenarian said...

The frosting is perfect! I do like almond flavor in desserts, but don't use it too often. Now I am craving it after seeing these! So sweet.

 
At August 1, 2011 at 11:37 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Erin...good job on organizing your kitchen! You will be so glad when it's done! If I were you...I'd reward yourself with one of these pretty and perfect cupcakes! You have such great piping skills! And I love almond in anything! : )

 
At August 2, 2011 at 4:53 AM , Blogger Free Spirit Eater said...

Oh wow! These look reallyyy good! I am definitely book marking this recipe. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing! =]

 
At August 2, 2011 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Looks wonderful! Yum!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 10:15 PM , Anonymous Happy When Not Hungry said...

These cupcakes look amazing! Love the strawberry and almond combo too.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 10:26 PM , Blogger Ann said...

These look delicious and when the kitchen is done - it'll be great. I keep ripping out pages of magazines to try...I now have four HUGE binders and a 12" tall basket FULL! One day I'll get them all made!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 10:51 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Yay on the kitchen. You are coming and doing mine next right?

I love the idea of the almond extract in the frosting. I have a definite thing for almond extract :-D

 
At August 3, 2011 at 4:43 AM , Blogger Tina said...

Yes, I do need to get a little organized in my kitchen also...
Almond and fruit are a match made in heaven- so these cupcakes are definitely a winner. Thanks for sharing!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Lovely cupcakes, Erin. I have a lot of organizing to do, but my kitchen is actually in good shape. It's my bedside table/dresser that needs a good overhaul!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Those are pretty cupcakes, Erin. I am so impressed at your organizing your kitchen. Recently I did the same but not to the extent that you are. I might just go through my cookbook cabinet and organize that too. Good idea re the magazines. Have a nice day.

 
At August 3, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

These look so delicious and just so cute!! Love these! :)

 
At August 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

Fabulous combination! I love the color too. I think I would eat about 5 of these...yummy yummy

 
At August 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

Perfect cupcakes in my opinion..they looks beautiful and tasty!!!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Michelle O said...

I almost made cherry almond cupcakes the other day. I'm the same way with almond. I bet it feels great to have your kitchen cleaned out. I love that feeling!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM , Blogger Shu Han said...

i hate and love organising my kitchen haha. good on you! and you even found the energy and time t make these lovely-looking cupcakes too!

 
At August 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM , Anonymous Lacy said...

These look delicious! And so pretty! :)

 
At August 4, 2011 at 6:02 PM , Anonymous kita said...

I just looked at the box of strawberry cake mix and was reminded how awesome strawberry cupcakes could be from time to time! These look great.

 
At August 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM , Anonymous Jenny @ Savour the Senses said...

I love strawberry cupcakes i want these!!

 

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