Sugar sugar sugar sugar sugar shh… 🍦 strawberry cream cupcakes for breakfast. Don’t look at me like that. You know you want one for breakfast. I topped these cupcakes with freeze-dried strawberries from @crunchiesfood 🍓 Nice touch.
Strawberry Cream Cupcakes
For the cupcakes
1 ½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour
¾ cups brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2/3 cups non-dairy milk
¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup refined coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
For the frosting
¼ cup vegan margarine
¼ cup non-hydrogenated shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. strawberry preserves
1 tbsp. non-dairy milk
1-2 drops vegan pink food coloring
¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake papers.
Combine dry ingredients (except sugar) in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a separate bowl combine sugar, apple sauce, oil and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two separate batches and mix until just combined (do not over mix). Finally, add the ACV and mix until just combined. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool before transferring to a cooling rack. Once cupcakes have cooled hollow out the center of each cupcake with a cupcake corer or an apple corer.
With a hand mixer beat butter and shortening on high for 1 minute or until fluffy. Next, add powdered sugar and beat for a minute or until crumbly. Then, add non-dairy milk and beat until frosting is light and fluffy. Reserve some frosting for the filling then add preserves and food coloring and mix until creamy. Transfer white frosting to a Ziploc or piping bag and the pink frosting to a separate piping bag with tip (or you can also top cupcakes with a frosting knife). Add white frosting to cupcake centers and frost each cupcake with pink frosting. Top with crumbled freeze-dried strawberries.