Today’s recipe is one of my favorites and it all happened because of an unfortunate mistake. We’ll get to that fun story in just a minute. First, let me tell you about my Fluffy White Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling. These cupcakes are definitely a special occasion treat. There are a few extra steps to create these soft, delicate cupcakes and their sweet fruity filling. Not to mention the creamy, slightly tangy cream cheese frosting. But it’s all worth it, I promise!
Once upon a time, several years ago, my husband and I got married. We decided to have a small party with our closest friends and family to celebrate. When it came time to pick out our wedding cake, we went to a cake tasting and decided on a white cake with fresh strawberry filling. I looked forward to that cake for months! It was going to be the cherry on top of the amazing evening we had planned.
Fast forward to our party, when we cut into our precious wedding cake. It was small, but it was pretty and just what we wanted. We pull out a slice to find – wait for it – a bright pink cake with white filling! Upon closer inspection, we found that they had flipped our order around by mistake, and made us an artificially flavored strawberry cake with white buttercream filling. Something you might find at a child’s birthday party. But instead, that was our wedding cake.
I was so upset. Luckily, the next day my wonderful husband went to the bakery, receipt and cake sample in hand, and explained what happened. Long story short they were MORTIFIED and immediately gave us our money back. They offered to make us a new cake but we declined.
Recreating the Cake
Almost one year later, I considered going to the bakery and buying a small cake with the proper cake flavors to celebrate our anniversary. Instead, I decided to try and recreate it myself. And why not? I love to bake, I could make a white cake. After doing some research, I came up with a recipe that included cake flour and egg whites.
Cake flour is a flour that is slightly lower in protein content than all-purpose flour. It creates a more tender cake. In my local grocery stores, I can find Swans Down cake flour right beside the all-purpose flour. I think it’s worth it to keep on hand for cake recipes.
Egg whites will make your cake light and fluffy. I was looking for a soft and light cake, and egg whites definitely did the trick.
As for the strawberry filling, my husband asked the bakery how they made their filling. Shockingly, they told him! They may have felt bad after messing up our cake, who knows. They use chopped fresh strawberries mixed with a pre-made strawberry pie glaze. I used Marzetti’s Strawberry Glaze, which can be found in the produce section near the strawberries. With all the work that goes into the cupcakes, I don’t mind that this filling is simple to make!
To top it all off, I decided to use a cream cheese buttercream frosting. I like cream cheese buttercream as opposed to a plain buttercream because it is a little less sweet. It’s also my husband’s favorite, and since this is our “anniversary cupcake” it just made sense. You are welcome to try a regular buttercream, or even a whipped cream frosting to top off your cupcakes. I think they would all make an excellent choice.
- 1 and 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup strawberries chopped
- 1/4 cup strawberry pie glaze
- 6 ounces cream cheese softened
- 8 ounces butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk (or sift) together the dry ingredients: cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, 1 cup of the granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk, until all ingredients are incorporated. Set aside.
In a clean bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Then, add the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and beat until glossy, stiff peaks form. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Gently fold half of egg whites into cake batter until combined. Then fold in remaining egg whites until combined.
Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring cupcakes to a wire rack to finish cooling.
In a bowl, add chopped strawberries and strawberry glaze, stirring to combine. Add more strawberry glaze as needed to coat strawberries. Spoon strawberry filling into a plastic bag and cut one corner of the bag.
Using a cupcake corer or a sharp knife, cut a small hole into the middle of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Make sure not to cut to the bottom of the cupcake. Pipe strawberry filling into each hole, filling to the top.
In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until combined. Add vanilla and half off the powdered sugar, mixing slowly to combine. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix slowly to combine. Once incorporated, beat on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Pipe or spread frosting with a knife onto cupcakes and serve.