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Cupcake Couture Blog Party:
Strawberry Camo Cupcakes

I am so super excited to announce the launch of the Cupcake Couture Blog Party today! I have teamed up with the owner of Bella Cupcake Couture, Carrie Middlemiss, to bring you this fantastic party.  Cupcakes, party displays, Bella Cupcake Couture and…. A HUGE PRIZE!  So make sure to read the whole post so you don’t miss a thing!!

Cupcake Couture Blog Party! 20 blogs, 20 cupcakes 20 party displays!

Carrie and I, along with 18 other bloggers have created custom cupcakes to coordinate with 20 different Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wrappers (provided graciously by Carrie – THANK YOU!).  Each blogger then created a display for the cupcakes – but here’s the best part… the displays were made of every day items found in each bloggers home!  No trips to the store for any fancy props.  What that means is that you can recreate all 20 of these cupcakes and party displays by yourself – easily!   Maybe you’ll even be inspired to create a cupcake in Bella Cupcake Couture wrapper and a display all of your own!

Please visit all 20 blogs, read all 20 recipes and check out all 20 party displays!  Links to each party can be found below!

An American Cupcake in London
Bella Cupcake Couture
Chronicles of a Foodie
Crazy for Crust
Creative Food
Cupcakes Take the Cake
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
Eat Your Heart Out
Haniela’s
Hoosier Homemade
In Katrina’s Kitchen
Inside BruCrew Life
Java Cupcake
Love From the Oven
Make Bake Celebrate
Not Just a Mommy
Sugar Daze
Sugar Swings! Serve Some
The Baked Equation
The Baking Cup
The Decorated Cookie

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For the party, Carrie sent me her Jolene Pink Camoflague cupcake wrappers for this party.  For the party, Carrie sent me a package of her pink camo wrappers.  Kinda perfect for me since my hubby is in the Army and we’re stationed over here in Germany!  All Army – all the time! hehe I decided to make a strawberry cupcake with strawberry buttercream … both made with fresh strawberry puree.  It’s almost summertime so I thought this flavor would be a perfect choice… plus, the pink matches the wrappers!  Super easy, yet so super delicious!

For the display, I used things I already had at home… didn’t need to run to the store to buy anything.  Although, if I had to purchase any of the items I used, it wouldn’t be that expensive to recreate.

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Here’s what I used to create the display:

  • Pink vinyl table cover
  • Pottery Barn white cake stand trimmed with 1 1/2 inch pink ribbon
  • Martha Stewart white rectangle platter trimmed with 1 1/2 inch pink ribbom
  • Pink tissue paper pom pom (watch this tutorial to learn how!) – hung from the wall
  • Pink curling ribbon – curled & hung from the wall
  • Cupcakes adorned with Bella Cupcake Couture Pink Camo cupcake wrappers
  • Army helmet, patrol cap and toy Stryker (You can go to any Military surplus store to look for similar items.  Also, any military toy truck would work!)

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This display was super simple to put together and I think the addition of the ACU Army equipment really makes the pink POP!  And don’t worry if you don’t have access to an Army helmet or patrol hat – just use whatever your kids have already!  Got boys?  Use their Army trucks in the display!  Live near a military surplus store?  Run inside there and get some cheap ACU Army gear to put on your table.  No need to spend lots of money.

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The pink curling ribbon I had in my stash of ribbon already and I think it added some texture and color to the back drop of the display.  The pom pom and the curls added much needed height to the entire display.

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The cupcakes are a super yummy strawberry cupcake topped with strawberry buttercream and more fresh berries.  YUMMMMMMMMOOOO!  Seriously.  This is THE perfect strawberry cupcake.  Everyone who ate one RAVED about it.  This recipe makes 3 dozen cupcakes, so you could easily turn it into a cake with 3 8in layers or 2 9in layers.  Om nom nom nom

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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Yield: 3 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes
Fresh strawberries macerated in honey and sugar are used in the cupcakes and frosting for these super sweet summer treat!

Ingredients

Strawberry Puree

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 3 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 + 2 Tbsp cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry puree
  • pink food coloring (Wilton Gel - Pink) - optional

Strawberry Buttercream

  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

Strawberry puree

  1. In a medium bowl, drizzle up to 1/2 cup of honey over the top of the chopped strawberries. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix with a rubber spatula until the strawberries are completely coated.
  2. Let sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. You want the sugars to get into the berries to create a delicious syrup.
  3. Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Strawberry Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees and line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk, oil and almond extract.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer, press the vanilla bean seeds into the sugar using the back of your spatula. This will release the oils in the seeds into the sugar.
  5. Add the butter and cream with the vanilla sugar for 1 minute with the mixer on high.
  6. Add the beaten eggs in three parts. Scrape the bowl and mix for 30 seconds after each addition.
  7. Add the buttermilk and oil mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until completely incorporated.
  8. Fold in the flour using a rubber spatula until no more white can be seen. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  9. Add the strawberry puree and fold until combined.
  10. Add a few drops of food coloring to amp up the pink color - this is optional.
  11. Fill cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for 17-19 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Strawberry Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Add the sifted powdered sugar 1-2 cups at a time and beat on high until smooth after each addition. If the frosting gets too hard to mix, add a the extract and a few tablespoons of the strawberry puree.
  3. Once all the sugar has been added, add the extract (if you didn't already), salt and the strawberry puree and mix until combined.
  4. Add up to 1/2 cup heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. This will vary on the humidity and temperature you're living in.
  5. Beat frosting on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Assembly

  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Top with sprinkles and slices of fresh strawberries.
  3. Set each cupcake in a Pink Camo Cupcake Wrapper from Bella Cupcake Couture

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There were just so many amazing photos of these cupcakes that I just can’t help but share so many with you here! I mean…. how cute are these… really!!?

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I can’t decide what I’m more excited about…. the awesome cupcake wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture, the strawberry cupcakes & the pink camo Army display or the fact that I’m giving away a Prize Pack worth $565!!!!!

Cupcake Couture Blog Party Prize Pack - a $565 value!

Thanks to our amazing Prize Pack sponsors for their generous donations! Please, visit their websites to see more of their fabulous products!

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To enter to WIN this Prize Pack, simply fill out the entry form below. –CONTEST OVER–

Contest opens 21May13 at 0700 PST and closes 27May13 at 2359 PST. One winner will be chosen and announced within 24 hours of the contest ending. Winner will be contacted via email to claim their prize.

This contest is open to residents of the USA and Europe only.

85 comments

  1. Cindy Jensen

    Thanks for the Cupcake Blog Party Betsy and Carrie. I can’t wait to read all the blogs and see everyone’s creations. Good thing I made my coffee already.

    Reply

  2. Cindy Jensen

    My favorite cupcake wrapper is Meisha Bird & Blossom. I love that sweet little bird on the branches.

    Reply

  3. Toni Miller

    Thanks for hosting Betsy! I had so much fun participating and I am loving all these creative cupcakes! Adore your pink camo cupcakes of course. 🙂

    Reply

  4. Roxana

    These wrappers are amazing. I wish I knew about them for my daughter’s Communion last month. There was one that would’ve been perfect! lol

    Reply

  5. Lora

    I love thev pink camou!. How cute! These strawberry cupcakes look gorgeous. Wow.

    Reply

  6. Kari M

    I like the black & white swirl liners.

    Reply

  7. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    I can’t even handle this awesomeness. Those cupcakes on the tank! And the army men! Ahhhh so awesome!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      I know, right? 🙂 heehehe

      Reply

  8. Devon

    I’m loving this wrapper right now! =)

    Reply

  9. pasha

    I love the pink camo!

    Reply

  10. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I love how you went all Army with your display of pink camo…soooo cute!!! The tanks and army men are the perfect touch!

    Reply

  11. Marilyn M.

    What great talent everywhere! Love this 🙂

    Reply

  12. Katherine Mersch

    Hi Betsy! Your camo cupcakes are so adorable and your display is absolutely imaginative! Great choice with the liners, but I think my favorite bella couture liners are the dorothy polka dot liners. The colors are just too fun!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Thank you Katherine! 🙂

      Reply

  13. Donna Thomas

    Thanks for a chance to win a great prize! All the cupcakes and displays are so cute. Can’t wait to try some of them out.

    Reply

  14. Sugar Daze/Cat

    Was looking at Carrie’s site last night and thinking those pink camo wrappers were so cute. They look beautiful with your strawberry cupcakes. This is an adorable disply and so fitting for you and your family! Thanks for dreaming this contest – I had so much fun participating!

    Reply

  15. Tanya Gal

    My favorite cupcake wrapper, is the Damask print LuLu Pink / Black 🙂

    Reply

  16. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    I love these strawberry cupcakes! Strawberry is my ultimate favorite and the fact that these don’t start with a strawberry cake mix is even better! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    Reply

  17. Debbie

    That was fun! I loved looking at all the amazing cupcakes. My favorite wrappers were the blue with branches and birds. The strawberry cupcakes looked the yummiest. I’ll definitely have to try the recipe!

    Reply

  18. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    OMG I think this is my favorite of all the liners so far. I love pink camo! The strawberry sounds amazing too! Thanks for having me be a part of the party!

    Reply

  19. Nathalie Danioth

    I love the pink camouflage wrappers! And those strawberry-cupcakes looks delicious! I will try out this recept for sure! Lovely greetings from Switzerland!

    Reply

  20. Bex

    I like the ones that Crazy for Crust used, although a few of the links wouldn’t work for me so I didn’t get to see them all 🙁

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Bex- Can you let me know which ones didn’t work so I can get a fix for them? THANKS!

      Reply

  21. Natalie J Vandenberghe

    Because my daughter’s favorite color is green (and she loves cupcakes!), I’d have to say the Emerald Green cupcake wrappers are my favorite. My daughter will be 18 on May 31st 😉
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply

  22. Claudia

    They look delicious, I need to make them this weekend!

    Reply

  23. Brooke: Not On A Diet

    I absolutely love the polka dotted wrappers! Polka dots are my favorite! 🙂

    Reply

  24. hani@haniela's

    Thanks so so much for organizing this project and for inviting me over.
    I’m loving your set up here, so awesome! That strawberry puree is calling my name.. can’t wait for the strawberry season to start here so I can make these!

    Reply

  25. Candice

    I love the “Olivia” swirl wrappers. Especially the navy blue ones, they look so classy. 🙂

    Reply

  26. Ashley

    Thanks so much for inviting us to participate in this blog party event! Those camo ones are adorable, especially in pink! LOVE your cupcake display! 😀

    Reply

  27. Kelly

    I LOVE the hot pink! Thanks for organizing!

    Reply

  28. nessa

    I love the Dorothy polka dots!

    Reply

  29. the baking cup - carolina

    Hi Betsy! These cupcakes are right up my alley!! Strawberries are so fitting with summer 🙂 They look so cute – loved how you styled them with the army gear! Thanks again for organizing this awesome giveaway 🙂

    Reply

  30. Gigi

    I love the Strawberry Camo Cupcakes! I can’t wait to make these this weekend!

    Reply

  31. michelle

    i totally love everything about your this, flavor (fresh strawberry puree!), wrappers, and , my boys are all over your army props! So fun, thanks for putting this together!!

    Reply

  32. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    I’ve been wanting to make some strawberry cupcakes this summer, and your pretty pink cupcakes definitely inspired me! These would be fun for a wedding shower for a girl marrying an army guy.

    Reply

  33. Hala

    Dear,
    These are alwesome but what can we use instead of the heavy cream? we do have whipped cream but I think it’s not what you mean in the recipe.

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Heavy cream is essential the same as whipped cream. Either can be used. 🙂

      Reply

  34. Ashley

    I love the pink camo. Adorable

    Reply

  35. The Partiologist

    Love how you made camo girly! Love the cupcakes too – they sound delish!

    Reply

  36. Becky

    Love your sweet Strawberry Cupcakes and awesome party decorations. Perfect tor you and your family!

    Reply

  37. Becky

    Love your sweet Strawberry Cupcakes and awesome party decorations.

    Reply

  38. Londra Fleming

    Camo strawberry cupcakes are precious! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Reply

  39. Abby Ulibarri

    I love all the wrappers but especially the Meisha-Bird with Cherry Blossoms!! It’s so pretty.

    Reply

  40. melissa {persnickety plates|

    I love the Shiny Silver wrappers. So cute.

    Reply

  41. Debbie W

    The swirl & polka dot wrappers are very cute. Really…there are too many to pick a favorite

    Reply

  42. Sarah P

    Pink Camo!!!!

    Reply

  43. Jeri Niksich

    Happy to say I stumbled upon your bog site. I love baking so I’m adding this to the blogs I follow! Thanking you in advance for some (I’m sure) yummy recipes.

    Reply

  44. Alexa Dabbs

    I always love reading your posts! You make everything so simple for me. I was so happy you posted this when you did. I have been looking for a strawberry cupcake recipe that did not contain any gelatin mix. Yuck. So when I saw this I knew it was the one! I liked the liners, but my FAVORITE would be the Meisha Bird and Blossom in green. They are adorable.

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      I feel ya on the gelatin mix. YUCK! Why flavor something with gelatin when you should be using FRESH! 🙂 ENJOY!

      Reply

  45. Jocelyn

    Those cupcakes look fantastically delicious! And I love the use of all your husbands army things!

    Reply

  46. Sarah Werner

    My favorite cupcake liner is several actually lol. I LOVE the ones in citrus and bright pink, so pretty!

    Reply

  47. Brandi Davis Bryant

    My favorite is the pink camo followed by a close second is the pink zebra stripe. Thanks for the giveaway and recipes. Good luck everyone.

    Reply

  48. laura

    my favorite is the honeysuckle pink cupcake wrappers (polka dots).

    Reply

  49. Michelle | Creative Food

    LOVE the creativity that went into these cupcakes! And they look absolutely delicious!

    Reply

  50. Melissa

    Oh my gosh! I love the tank. What a fun way to dress up cupcakes. Fresh Strawberry cupcakes are all my time favorite.

    Reply

  51. Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture

    Betsy- Thank you so much for all you did to put this amazing Cupcake Couture blog party. You definitely brought together an amazing group of bakers and your display is so dreamy!

    Love how it has a rustic feel too. You’re so right about how much depth the ribbons adds to the photo. Love the army men, the camo cupcake wrappers pair up with it so great.

    What’s fun about this wrapper is how you and your hubby helped us original create this design. I remember asking for your feedback when we were first creating it. Felt appropriate that you received it.

    Thanks again! Carrie

    Bella Cupcake Couture

    Reply

  52. becky suarez

    I’m not usually a camo girl, but I loveD Yours 🙂

    Reply

  53. Kristina Schotel

    I’m a self taught baker and love to try new recipes so i’ll have to try this strawberry cupcake recipe

    Reply

  54. Jennifer

    I love the wrapper. Thanks for sharing the lovely picture.

    Reply

  55. Dawn Bradley

    I just love the Army themed cupcake display, and I have every intention of doing this exact same display for a welcome-home celebration party! (only changing the color to a camo green) My 19 year old son will be coming home in November, just in time for the holidays, he is an Army combat medic! Hooah! <3

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      AWESOME! I know Carrie has the green camo wrappers, but they aren’t listed on her web store right now. I’ll ask her about it for you so you can get them for your sons return! 🙂

      Reply

  56. Amy

    My favorite, if I have to choose! is the Meisja bird with cherry blossom one. I love it!

    Reply

  57. pamm kesselring

    I am in LOVE with the polka dots

    Reply

  58. Jessica

    Love it!! You never run out of ideas. You were obviously made for this =)

    Reply

  59. Misty

    I have many favorites! Cant pick just one!

    Reply

  60. Alma Gutierrez

    The zebra ones (pink/white)

    Reply

  61. Kristan Price

    The green Meisha cupcake wrapper is my favourite! It’s super pretty and I love the bird in the tree. 🙂

    Reply

  62. carole

    love these
    Cupcake wrappers – Hannah – Black / White

    Reply

  63. Lisa

    I absolutely adore the Lu Lu Damask wrappers! They add a bit of sophistication and are so girly!

    Reply

  64. Lacey b

    I love the black and white stripe

    Reply

  65. Bud L

    Floral Cupcake Wrappers

    Reply

  66. Deb Weaver

    Love the pink camo!

    Reply

  67. April

    Cupcake wrappers – Olivia – Soft Pink / Med Grey Includes 50! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply

  68. maryg

    anything black and white, stripes, dots!

    Reply

  69. Natashia

    Love love love!!!! Hope i win!!

    Reply

  70. Jessica Geer

    I love them all! Wish I had found you before now. Crossing my fingers that I’m the winner! I love this font btw, anyone know what it’s called?

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Which font are you referring to? 🙂

      Reply

  71. Sandi O

    Personally, I love the pink camo, but I have boys so I’d go with my other favorite – black and white zebra.

    Reply

  72. Jamie

    So happy to have found your website. So many recipes to choose from!! Now I’m very excited to make cupcakes for my daughters’ 3rd birthday. She loves chocolate and Minnie Mouse 🙂 So I’m combining your chocolate cupcake recipe with a strawberry buttercream and strawberry filling. And top it with hardened chocolate shaped like Mickey Mouse.

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      That sounds wonderful Jamie!! 🙂 Please send me pictures…. I’d love to see how they turn out!!!

      Reply

  73. Rosa

    Hallo,

    I live also in Germany. I want to make your Strawberry Buttercream, but here in Germany I don’t know what I used instead of heavy cream.
    Could you tell me what do you commonly use for it. Thank you very much.

    Regard.

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      In the German store, I buy schlagsahne, 32% fett. It works the same as heavy cream. 🙂

      Reply

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