March 24, 2011

Grace's Jammin' Cupcakes

This little cupacake is named after my beautiful daughter Grace. They have a dollop of my homemade strawberry jam inside along with a buttery lemon frosting and topped with a fresh strawberry!

Sooo sweet just like my Gracie!


8 T butter, softened
Strawberry jam
1/2 cup of superfine sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c. self-rising flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 fresh strawberries

For the Frosting
8 T butter, softened
4 c. confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla exract
3 T lemon juice
a hint of yellow food coloring (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups. In a large bowl beat together butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Then fold in the flour and mix by hand until blended. Place about a 1/2 tsp. of jam in the bottom of each cup and the add the batter. Back in the heated oven for16-18 minutes. 

Note: Another option is to fill the center of the cupcake is to pipe the jam in after baking by using the thin tip of a decorating bag and inserting it into the uniced cupcake.

To Make Frosting
While cupcakes are baking, beat the sofftended butter in a bowl and then add the vanilla and blend.  Add the sugar, mix well and then add a tablespoon of the lemon juice. Alternate the sugar and lemon juice until all ingredients are gone. Add food coloring if desired.

After cupcakes cool, frost them gerously and add the fresh strawberry to the top.

Makes 12 regular size cupcakes.

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