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Vanilla-Stuffed Strawberry Cupcakes

Prep time 30 mins
Other Time time 3 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes 2 dozen
Cupcakes will rise over baking cup edges. Use a paring knife to gently loosen from pan.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Bean Custard
  • 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

How to Make It

  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.

  6. *2 tsp. vanilla extract may be substituted.

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