Vanilla-Stuffed Strawberry Cupcakes

recipe
Cupcakes will rise over baking cup edges. Use a paring knife to gently loosen from pan.

Yield:

Makes 2 dozen

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Other Time: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes

Ingredients

24 paper baking cups
1 (16-oz.) package angel food cake mix
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste*
3 cups halved fresh strawberries
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Preparation

1. Prepare Vanilla Bean Custard.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°. Place baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans. (Do not grease.) Prepare angel food cake batter according to package directions using a paddle attachment. Stir in vanilla bean paste. Spoon batter into baking cups, filling completely full.

3. Bake at 325° on middle oven rack 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.

4. Gently run a knife around edges of cupcakes to loosen. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 20 minutes).

5. Scoop out centers of cupcakes, leaving a 1/2-inch border on bottom and sides. Spoon or pipe Vanilla Bean Custard into centers of cupcakes. Top with strawberries. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.

*2 tsp. vanilla extract may be substituted.

Note: We tested with a number of brands of cake mix and preferred Duncan Hines Angel Food Premium Cake Mix.

April 2010
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