{s... is for strawberry cupcakes}

Jules here!  J. Reasons claims that I'm the #1 guest blogger for *vT (considering I'm the ONLY guest blogger for *vT - it must be true!).  It has been a while since I've had a chance to share something, so for this week's recipe I bring you my very easy, but very delicious Strawberry Cupcakes

I made some of these cupcakes for a charity bake sale this past weekend & decorated them with Easter themes.  The cupcakes mostly ended up melting in the sun, but they were so cute beforehand (& I hope it's the thought that counts).

  {Yellow Easter Chick Cupcake}

{Strawberry Cake Ingredients}
1 box white cake mix
1 box strawberry jello (3 oz pkg)
3/4 cup smashed frozen strawberries*
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water

*I use fresh strawberries if they are in season.

{Strawberry Cake Directions}
|1.|  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
|2.|  Mash Strawberries.
|3.|  Beat Eggs.
|4.|  Mix all ingredients together until wet, then beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
|5.|  Bake at 350 per cake mix box instructions or till toothpick comes out clean.  Do Not Over Bake.

{Buttercream Icing Ingredients}
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
3-4 T canned milk

{Buttercream Icing Directions}
|1.|  Beat butter, salt, & vanilla together.
|2.|  Heat milk in microwave for 10-15 seconds, just to warm slightly.
|3.|  Sift powdered sugar to remove lumps.
|4.|  Add sugar and milk alternately in small portions until icing is smooth.
|5.|  Frost cupcakes after they have cooled completely. 

{Strawberry Easter Bunny Cupcake}

My Easter Bunny decorating idea is really easy & it came from the web - Check out this great video:  Easter Bunny Cupcakes.  I used M&Ms for the eyes (& won $3 off a movie ticket from the package promo code - yeah!).  Also, I skipped a few steps - notice my photo does not include the gel icing whiskers or the icing eye detail.  I'm sure I would have gone the extra mile if I didn't have 6 dozen cupcakes to decorate!

Hope you & your friends enjoy these delicious cupcakes as much as I do!

*mwah,  Jules

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