Kaylee’s Shindig Cupcakes | Firefly Week


One thing we know for sure is that Kaylee loves 4 things in the world: her captain, engines, frilly dresses and strawberries. And to be quite honest, I have to agree with her on all counts. Yes, even the frilly dresses. In fact, it was the frilly dress that she wore in “Shindig” that inspired me to create this sweet little cupcakes.
Now to be fair there are several sweets in the style or inspired by Kaylee’s pink fluffy dress so I’m just going to go ahead and toss my metaphorical hat in the pile as well. Nothing wrong with that, right? Couple the fact that Kaylee gets to interrogate some strawberries and there ya go. Strawberry cupcakes with piped cream cheese icing.

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I tend to have a love-hate relationship with strawberries. They sound absolutely delicious, so I buy them from the local mega-market. Upon bringing them home I only have a day or so before the lovely ripe strawberries decide to go kamikaze on me and spoil. Seriously! It doesn’t matter where I purchase them from, they go bad fast and I don’t know why. I’ve cleaned  out my fridge and kitchen to make sure that something isn’t prematurely spoiling them and alas there is no avail of this issue. Do you know why this happens? If so, please clue me in in the comments below. The good thing is that I don’t let that stop me. Strawberry cupcakes are by far my favorite baked strawberry treat but I’ve also created some other berry filled delights.

I was thinking about how to properly ‘execute’ making the frilly bits on Kaylee’s dress for the frosting. The easiest option would to use some fondant… except I don’t like fondant. So icing it is. Only three things go best with strawberries: chocolate, balsamic vinegar & sugar, and cream cheese. Since the first two would be a pain in the but to color properly, cream cheese icing was the clear front runner.

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While I was mixing the colors for the icing I accidentally added too much orange… so it was a wee bit brighter than I was wanting. The aim was to create a nice peachy shade. That didn’t happen.

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Oh well, it was still delicious.

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Kaylee's Shindig Cupcakes | Firefly Week
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Makes about 18-21 cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 15oz of pureed strawberries
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 cups of flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F - go ahead and prepare your baking tins now.
  2. Cream butter and sugar(s) together with a paddle attachment in your stand mixer.
  3. Add to that one egg at a time, wait till everything is fully incorporated before adding the next one in.
  4. To that in your vanilla extract, nutmeg, salt, and milk.
  5. Puree your strawberries and add them in. If you would like a stronger strawberry flavor, go ahead and add in some strawberry extract. If you would like some more color to the mixture add in some food coloring.
  6. In another bowl mix together your dry ingredients, then slowly pour your dry mixture into the wet.
  7. Mix till everything is nicely mixed.
  8. Distribute into the muffin tins and bake for 15-18 minutes.
Icing Ingredients:

12oz of cream cheese,
1/2 cup butter, softened
3.5 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream everything together in your stand mixer and place in the fridge for 30 minutes while the cupcakes cool. Place into piping bags and then top on the cupcakes. If you are going to use coloring, mix in the coloring before placing the icing in the fridge.

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