To Stuff or Not to Stuff?
That is the question!
Valentine’s Day Cupcakes that you will surely fall in love with!
My best recipe for vegan vanilla cake just keeps on giving!
This is my authentic bakery yellow cake recipe that bakes perfectly into cupcakes
Strawberry buttercream and homemade sprinkles in red, pink and hearts!
Stuffed with extra strawberry puree leftover from making the buttercream
These are really simple and really pretty cupcakes for all the ones you love the most!
If you want to stuff your cupcakes with the strawberry puree be sure to double the recipe listed below for the puree
Keep that portion slightly chunkier than for the buttercream addition
Alternatively you can forgo the extra recipe of strawberry puree altogether
And add freeze dried strawberry powder to the buttercream instead *not sponsored
Adding flavors to your buttercream is quite simple to do
Making homemade sprinkles is the easiest thing to do!
All you need is three ingredients, lots of time and lots of patience!
I have done it for all the holidays so I can adjust the colors to my liking
Not to mention it is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!
Note for Success:
I use soy as the milk for all of my baking recipes.
Soy milk is the only milk that will sour and thicken upon adding vinegar which is what we do to make a mock “buttermilk”
You can use any plant milk of your choice if you are staying away from soy
But you will still need to add the vinegar, as it is the activator for the baking soda to leaven this recipe
I am using a combination of cake flour and all purpose flour here, but if you have trouble getting cake flour you may use all ~all purpose flour instead, just take out ¼ cup of the total amount of flour
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- For the Cake Batter:
- Soy Milk 1½ cups (355ml) *soy milk is the only plant milk that will thicken like buttermilk, but you can use whatever plant milk you prefer
- White Vinegar 1½ Tablespoons
- Vegan Butter ½ cup (113g)
- Vegetable oil of your choice ½ cup (117ml) *or more vegan butter melted
- Granulated Sugar 1¾ cup (350g)
- Salt ½ teaspoon
- Vanilla Extract 3 teaspoons (15ml)
- All Purpose Flour 2 cups (250g)
- Cake Flour 1 cups (120g) *see notes in body of the text article for more info on cake flour
- Baking Soda 2 teaspoons
- For the Strawberry Buttercream
- Vegan Butter 3 Cups (6 sticks) (672g)
- Confectioners Sugar 6 cups (720g)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
- Butter Extract 1 teaspoon *optional
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- For the strawberry addition
- 1 recipe strawberry puree as follows
- 8 ounces fresh or frozen strawberries (226g)
- Sugar as needed 2 Tbs *optional *I do not use any sugar since I use frozen strawberries
- OR ¼ cup freeze dried strawberry powder
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line your cupcake tin with paper liners
- First combine the vegetable oil with the melted vegan butter add the vanilla extract and set aside
- Combine the soy milk with the vinegar and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, including the sugar.
- Pour the wet ingredients in and whisk smooth, this will be the plant milk mixture and the butter/oil mixture
- Using a 2ounce scoop portion the batter into the cupcake liners filling each one ¾ full
- Bake immediately in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, check with a toothpick to see if they are done, or gently press the center and if it springs back you know they are done.
- Adjust the baking time depending on your oven but cupcakes typically take 18-25 minutes to bake
- Remove from the oven and cool until you can gently remove each one from the cupcake mold
- Place on a cooling rack to cool all the way.
- Meanwhile prepare the buttercream recipe
- Combine mix the room temperature vegan butter on medium to high speed with an electric mixer (paddle attachment for stand mixers, not whip!) for about 3 minutes to fluffy.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the salt and extract(s)
- Stop mixer and add the sifted confectioners sugar all at once.
- Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then mix on high speed for 3 minutes.
- Add the strawberry puree or the freeze dried strawberry powder while mixing on low speed
- Increase speed to high and whip for another 2 minutes to fluffy
- Prepare the strawberry compote *if using by cooking the fresh or frozen strawberries in a small sauce pot over low-medium heat stirring often to avoid scorching
- I typically do not add sugar or water since I use frozen berries which typically have more sweetness and enough liquid as it cooks down
- But if you are using fresh berries add a few tablespoons of water to help them break down.
- Once the berries have cooked down to a chunky puree, you can leave it chunky or puree it smooth in a blender or food processor.
- *If stuffing the cupcakes withe strawberry compote, you will have to double the amount listed above and I like to leave that stuffing portion chunky
For longer storage refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Freeze wrapped well for up to 1 month