Strawberry Pie Cupcakes

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After two months of being MIA from Iron Cupcake: Earth I’m glad to get back on schedule.  When I saw this month’s ingredient, summer berries, I knew I had to come up with something.

This is my first entry this month, the strawberry pie cupcake.

A graham cracker base was baked into the bottom of the cupcake liners, then they were filled with strawberry cake.  Once they were done baking, a teaspoon or so of strawberry syrup was drizzled on top of the cake, then they were frosted with strawberry whipped cream.  On the very top is a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs and another teaspoon or so of strawberry syrup, along with a sliced strawberry.

Now, sure it might look great, but I’m totally puzzled.  Despite all the strawberries in these cupcakes, they do not taste like strawberries! What did I do wrong?  The only thing I can think of describe the taste is just that they taste sweet.  Any suggestions?

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Here are the recipes I used to make these cupcakes…

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  1. Tovie says

    Those sound yummy! Whenever I make a cake/cupcakes that are supposed to be strawberry flavored (or some other flavor, maple, peach, raspberry, whatever) I usually add extract to match the flavoring. I find you rarely taste much of the strawberry or other flavor otherwise. So I would have used strawberry extract in place of the vanilla, or at least replaced half the vanilla with strawberry. It kind of depends on the recipe and how much extract it calls for. Sometimes a drop or two of extract makes frosting better too.

  2. Sy says

    I totally relate! For some reason, strawberries just don’t flavor cake very well. This makes me sad, because standard strawberry extract from the grocery doesn’t taste… shall we say… natural. le sigh. I probably need to invest in some high-end bakery flavorings.

  3. says

    Tovie, thanks for the suggestions. Next time I make strawberry cupcakes, I’m definitely going to use a strawberry flavoring to go with them!

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