My little baby is turning 3 today. I can’t believe it. In fact, I was in such denial about this, that I almost forgot to make these cupcakes. Almost. Okay, so I ran around yesterday after work looking for strawberries because I “accidentally” ate all the strawberries the day before. I also stayed up until the
crack of dawn 12am to edit the photos. Oh, and I also decided to skip work today so I can spend the time with my not so little girl so I will need to make MORE cupcakes Sunday night so I can give them out at her daycare.
Oh, and I got a new camera lens, but more on that another time.
Back to my Natushka being way too old to be my baby anymore even though she is always going to be an itty bitty newborn in my eyes. Here is a list of things she can do now that she could not do last year:
- Put on her undies without my help
- Brush her teeth
- Sleep through the night without a diaper with ZERO accidents
- Ask why. All. The. Time.
- Wave and say “hello” and “goodbye” to anyone who is not in the immediate family.
- Mix things up in her mini bowls to help cook (half these recipes on the blog she’s actually helped me make.)
- Tell a cohesive story (with some sign/body language to fill in the words she still does not know)
- Bring the kitchen chair to whatever she can’t reach to climb up and get it herself (and give me a heart attack)
There is so much more, but I am sure you are getting bored of my list and I am getting a little too teary-eyed. Just one last thing. Here is a picture of her just moments after being born. She was the roundest, cutest little thing at 21 1/2 inches and 8.6lbs and lungs strong enough to make sure you could hear her crying 4 blocks away. (Really – we tested this). I love my little baby girl more than words can say.
I made these cupcakes for her because she loves cupcakes, chocolate and berries. What could be better than combining all three in a simple delicious recipe. The cupcakes are light, sweet and innocent, just like my little girl. And the frosting. Oh, the frosting. This is the best frosting I’ve ever had in my entire life. It truly is. The whipped cream, the fresh strawberries and the mini chocolate chips. Oh words cannot describe the deliciousness. Just combine every happy moment you’ve ever had in your life into one. That is what it is like to taste this frosting. I suggest tripling the frosting recipe so you can have some on stash to put on everything you eat.
It is important to not use too many chocolate chips. Sacrilege, I know, but you really want a nice balance of cake, cream, chocolate and strawberries. So you really need to show some restraint here. I actually prefer to use a mix of mini chocolate chips and regular chopped chocolate for a nice mix that really doesn’t need all that chocolate. Trust me on this.
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped dark chocolate
- 1½ stick unsalted butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 4 large strawberries, finely chopped
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with liners.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each egg.
- Add the flour and the buttermilk, alternating between each. Start and end with the flour. Do not over mix.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Fill the cupcake liners ⅔ of the way through and bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until a light golden brown.
- Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- Cream the butter until smooth and light in color. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
- Fold in the whipped cream.
- Fold in the strawberries and chocolate chips.
- Use a melon baller to gut out the center of the cupcakes and fill with frosting (optional) before frosting the tops.