Monday, March 19, 2007

Strawberry Cupcakes and the Pink Party

This recipe comes from Bay Leaves, which is one of my favorite cookbooks. It is actually a recipe for cake, but I made it into cupcakes for a special party we had at work. One of our secretaries, Marsha, just finished her last chemo treatment and we wanted to celebrate that with her. So, we had a "Pink Party" (invented by Erica Lumpkin, RN, MSN). This is based on the color for breast cancer awareness. I decided that strawberry cupcakes would be delicious, as well as meet the pink requirement. I made pink cancer awareness ribbons out of fondant and put one on each cupcake. (Instructions will follow)

Strawberry Cake

1 pkg white cake mix
1 3-ounce pkg strawberry jello
3 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 10-ounce package frozen strawberries (5 ounces for cake, 5 ounces for icing)
1 box confectioners' sugar (have more on hand, if needed)
1/2 stick butter, softened

Combine cake mix, flour, jello, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add oil and water. Beat well. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in 5 ounces of mashed strawberries. Pour into greased and floured cake pans or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes for cake and 20 minutes for cupcakes. Allow to cool completely. Frost with icing.

For Icing: Combine confectioners' sugar, butter, and remaining strawberries. Beat well, until blended. Add more sugar to achieve desired thickness. Frost cake.

Yield: about 30 cupcakes

Fill paper liners about 3/4 full with cake batter. Bake and frost with icing.

To make ribbons, roll fondant out into a thin layer:

Cut into thin strips with a sharp knife:

Shape into ribbons and trim ends with scissors:

This is how they turned out. Very pink.


It was a fun party and a really good reason to celebrate.
We love you, Marsha, and we are so happy that you are doing well!


Abbe said...

I am so glad you posted this strawberry cake recipe. Brandon LOVES strawberry cake and so do I. This sounds delicious! By the way, I made the chicken casserole for Brandon's family when they were in town. It seriously lasted like 10 minutes. The chicken salad is always a hit, and I cannot moan enough about how good the bread pudding always is. And they think Im such a good cook...hehe. Keep on posting! :-)

Vickie said...

I think you will like the strawberry cake recipe. I'm glad everything turned out so well. It's important to start out with a good recipe, but for it to be a big hit, you have to be a good cook, which you obviously are. I'll keep posting and you keep cooking.

CeeJay said...

I am thinking that might be a fun thing to make over spring break with the kidletts. I do need to practice my fondant skills :-)

Anonymous said...

Cute! cute! cute! Your co-workers must think they won the lottery or something--working with you! I will definitely try this recipe...although the cupcakes are more practical for little hands, I will probably do the heart-shaped cake because the girls will get a kick out of it! Now that Abbe mentioned the Chicken casserole, I'm gonna go hunting it....Thanks so much, Vickie! You are such a blessing!

Dianne ;-)