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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love Strawberry Shortcake?

No, not that Strawberry Shortcake. Although, she is awfully cute!

I’m talking about this Strawberry Shortcake [1].

This soft, crumbly and slightly creamy biscuit “cake” filled with fresh, ripe and juicy strawberries and dreamy pillows of lightly sweetened whipped cream is the quintessential summertime dessert.  Doesn’t it look fabulous? The only downside to this luscious treat is that it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to eat at a party.  In fact, under those circumstances, it can be downright messy.  A whipped cream mustache with strawberry juice dripping down your chin isn’t really a good look for anyone, especially if you’re over the age of six!

So, what if I told you that you could still enjoy all the deliciousness of strawberry shortcake in a neat, self-contained and incredibly delicious little package?  You can – if you make these Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.  Imagine!  A fluffy little vanilla cupcake, filled with a fresh strawberry gelée and topped with a decadently rich strawberry mascarpone frosting.  No muss, no fuss.

Preparing these little lovelies isn’t difficult at all.  Just bake yourself some vanilla cupcakes. I like the recipe from NYC’s Magnolia Bakery [2]. The cupcakes have a light, tender crumb and very nice flavor.  You can use any cupcake recipe you like. Heck, you can even buy your cupcakes premade and just fill and frost them yourself.  How’s that for easy?

Here’s how you do it.

First, cut a cone-shaped chunk out of the center of each cupcake. Fill each with some strawberry gelée filling and top with a thin slice of cake to hold the filling in.  Then, just frost the cupcakes and enjoy. You can’t even tell that there’s a big, honkin’ hole in the middle of these cupcakes once they’re frosted! And, they are so amazingly good!

These Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are the perfect thing to serve at a picnic or to take to the beach.  The kids will love them, and you will love me because the kids won’t make a big mess.  It’s a “win win” situation for all of us!

So, if you’re looking for a fun and tasty treat to enjoy this holiday weekend, my Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes might be just the thing.