Strawberry season in Ontario starts in mid June and lasts until the end of August. So now’s the time to get those flavourful fruits from your local farmer’s market, neighbours. Strawberries and vanilla are a classic combination that pleases many palates.
Easy vanilla and strawberry cupcakes
Sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to baking and it doesn’t get easier than vanilla cupcakes and fresh strawberries. For my brother’s birthday in late August, I topped vanilla cupcakes with strawberry vanilla buttercream icing and a fresh strawberry.
Strawberry juice = natural food colouring
I used Wilton’s buttercream icing recipe and then tinted and flavoured it naturally by using strawberry juice. Using mashed, overripe strawberries, I strained the solids in order to keep seeds and pulpy bits out of the mix and mixed in the juice until I was happy with the colour and consistency.
Pipe a swirl
Then I fitted a piping bag with a medium-sized star tip and filled it with strawberry buttercream. I piped the buttercream in a circular motion, starting from the outer edges to the center and ended up with a swirl.
Fresh strawberries for cupcake toppers
To finish it off, I washed and sliced fresh strawberries in half lengthwise and topped each cupcake with a strawberry slice.
The finishing touch
Simple, delicious, requires no fuss. A little paper doily fancies things up a bit. How do you think it looks?