The Hills Are Alive

….with the sound of cuuuuupcaaaaaaaakes!!!  (mmm,mm,mmmmm!)  I’m sitting here at work waiting for my next student, listening to the sounds of practicing through these old, thin walls, and wishing I had brought a cupcake with me – specifically one of the cupcakes I made on Sunday.  My beau, J, and I drove up to Westchester to visit some friends in their new home and celebrate with a ‘meat extravaganza’ that included ribeye, filet, short ribs, kielbasa, and sides of roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.  I had volunteered to provide dessert.

If you recall, this Sunday was truly beautiful.  The sun was shining, temperatures have started to creep up, giving us all hope that summer really is around the corner.  I had also come across the most perfect pint of strawberries atthe grocery store – you know the pint I’m walking about.  The one where all the berries are big, deep red in color, and their aroma is so strongly ‘strawberry’ that you know each bite is just as juicy as you hope it might be.  Maybe it was the berries, maybe it was the sun, but I set off home to whip up one of my favorites, Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

You might be wondering why I’m sharing all of this with you.  Well, as I thought about sharing those cupcakes with my friends, and watching them enjoy the fruits of my labors (hehe, get it?? I’m been super into bad puns and dad jokes lately. I blame J), I thought, “If only everybody could have one of these cupcakes!  I could do this for everyone!”  This is not dissimilar to the thoughts I had which led to my starting Single Girl Cookies.

I’ve decided it’s time for me to start sharing some recipes along the way with y’all!  Yes, I still have aspirations for a baking book, and yes, i am still ‘in process’ of getting Single Girl Cookies on a local shelf near you, but until that happens, why shouldn’t everybody share in the fun and deliciousness??

Now, I’m sorry to burst your bubbles folks, no, I will not be sharing my signature Single Girl Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (otherwise known as Heitmann Cookies to many of you), nor will I ever share that to anyone not blood related to me 🙂  Sorry, Future Husband!  Not even you.

This is my first time really writing out a recipe outside my own head, so forgive me if I skip a step or something doesn’t make sense.  Give me a shout and I’ll fix it right up.  Without further ado…..

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 3/4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 cup half and half
1 pint of strawberries

Frosting
2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
4 tbsp butter (half stick), softened
Juice from half a lemon
1/2 tsp lemon extract

First, take out the pans and dishes you store in the oven because, let’s face it, you live in NYC and have no space, then preheat to 350 degrees F.  Mix together the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs.  Normally this is the part of the recipe that says mix together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl, then mix that with the wet ingredients.  I have an aversion to doing the dishes, so I just dump the flour and baking power on top the wet ingredients in that bowl and mix it together that way.  Anything I can do to save myself from doing more dishes than I have to!

Chop all but 5 or 6 strawberries (you’ll use those later for a garnish) and add them to the batter.

Line your cupcake pan with papers, and fill each one about 3/4 of the way full.  It makes about 15, so you can put two pans in side by side, or just do a coupla rounds.  Leave them in for about 12-15 minutes, check the center for done-ness with a toothpick.  Every oven is different, yours may require the cupcakes to be in longer.

While they are baking, mix together all the ingredients for the frosting.  Please note, these measurements are all very approximate, haha.  Taste as you go along here, you may want to add a bit more lemon juice for tartness, or some more sugar to thicken up the texture.  Play around with it!

Frost your cupcakes, slice some strawberries for garnish on top, and voila!  Put your feet up, let someone else do the dishes for a change, and enjoy 🙂

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