Heart of the Batter

 

by Lauren Lustgarten

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved one how much you appreciate them, not only with gifts, but something better: food. Looking for the perfect dessert to make your loved one this Valentine’s Day? These ‘Heart of the Batter’ cupcakes are perfect for you.

With just 30 minutes of preparation and 30 minutes in the oven, these appealing and delicious cupcakes will be the highlight of your night. First, preheat the oven the 350 degrees. Line a six-cup jumbo muffin pan with liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed. Once the batter is light and fluffy (after about three minutes), beat in the eggs one at a time, following with the vanilla extract.

Reduce the mixer to low speed while beating in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the strawberry milk, beginning and ending with the flour until all is combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for five minutes then remove to a rack to let cool.

Using a paring knife, cut a cone-shaped piece of cake; about the same size of the strawberry, out of the top of each cupcake. Stop at about ½ inch from the bottom, then stuff with the strawberries. Cover with the removed piece of cake.

Frost each cupcake with a frosting of choice and then top each cupcake with a strawberry half and enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

¾ cup of granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup strawberry milk, at room termperature

6 strawberries, hulled