Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

I'm continuing my newfound appreciation of cake with some cupcakes!

After making this Mint Chocolate Chip Checkered Cake a few weeks ago, it lead me to think about making a Neapolitan Checkered Cake which lead me to wonder how to make a strawberry flavored cake. Sometimes the paths that lead me to things of inspiration are very, very random. 

To celebrate strawberry season even more, I did some research and stumbled upon Sally's recipe which seemed to encompass all of the baking ideals I hold dear. This means no artificial flavored anything. All of the strawberry flavor comes purely from the fruit itself. The cake batter contains a strawberry puree and the frosting incorporates freeze dried strawberries. 

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Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Per the start of this blog, I made Kristen her special requested birthday dessert. 

Last year it was this cake and the year before (and first blog post!) it was this cake

But this year, instead of a full-blown layered cake, I went with cupcakes instead. I liked the idea of being able to assemble these so that they were fresh and when you wanted to eat them. With the custard inside, Boston Cream Pie is one of those things that is best eaten the day you make it and if your party is on the small side, cupcakes are a lifesaver. 

Each part can also be made ahead of time and individually assembled so that these are ready to eat right when you want them. 

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