Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

1/4 cup half & half

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp lemon extract

Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk

Fresh strawberries
(one to top each cupcake)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Grease muffin pans or line with liners)  Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  In separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and butter w/ electric mixer until fluffy and smooth.  Alternately add flour and milk to wet mixture, while still beating on low speed.  Mix until batter is completely smooth.  Fill muffin cups with mixture.  Bake for about 15-20 min. or until tooth pick inserted in middle comes out clean.  Wait until cupcakes have completely cooled before frosting.

Frosting:  In bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth.  Add sugar, and continue to beat on low speed.  Add milk to mixture.  Beat frosting until light and fluffy (add any extra ingredients as needed to get desired consistency).  To frost, you can spread even layer on top of cupcakes using butter knife  or use plastic zip lock bag as somewhat of a “funnel” (with very tip cut off) filled with frosting, for a piped effect.  Once frosted, top with fresh strawberries.

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