I think it’s time to invest in some cupcake decorating classes. Making this Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes recipe was a labor of love, with an emphasis on labor. I wanted to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and make them look all professional-like. (Yes, professional-like!) So I stuffed a pastry bag full of frosting and started piping and this is the result. After I finished taking pictures, I decided I wasn’t happy with how the cupcakes looked so I carefully scraped the frosting off of each cupcake with a spatula, put it back into the pastry bag, and piped again. And then I scraped it off and piped again. By the fourth time around, the frosting started getting a little funky from being piped and repiped. And aside from that, each subsequent frosting attempt ended up slightly more lopsided and wonky than the last. Whoever said “practice makes perfect” is a big lying liar!
(And I know what you’re thinking: “They don’t look that bad!” Well, notice how there’s only one cupcake in focus in each picture? There’s a reason for that.)
Luckily, the taste of these cupcakes made up for the slight wonkiness of the frosting. I’ve wanted to make mimosa cupcakes for a while–while I rarely drink, I always order a mimosa when we go out for a late weekend breakfast or brunch, so mimosa cupcakes seemed like a good way to combine two of my favorite things. And the day I had planned on making them, I picked up some strawberries from the farmers market, so suddenly the mimosa cupcakes became strawberry mimosa cupcakes. And really, the only thing better than a mimosa is a strawberry mimosa, right?
These cupcakes have a slight tartness from the strawberries, the citrusy taste of orange, and yes, a little hint of champagne. You won’t get drunk from these cupcakes, but you will get a sugar high.Print
The frosting has just enough strawberry in it to give it a pink tint and a light strawberry flavor without adding food coloring or artificial flavor. If you plan on frosting your cupcakes with a spatula instead of piping it, you can add more strawberry sauce for a darker color and more intense flavor–the first time I tested this recipe, I added too much sauce to the frosting and it didn’t pipe well, so I speak from experience.
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