Happy Birthday, Dorie!

Happy Birthday from Rachel to Dorie

In honor of Dorie Greenspan’s birthday today, the French Fridays crew is having a virtual birthday party. I love birthdays, anyone’s birthday! And who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate?

This week, I’m visiting my sister for a couple days. My niece Rachel and I baked cupcakes for the occasion. Rachel, age 11, is an accomplished and enthusiastic cook. She’s been working on perfecting strawberry cupcakes so that’s what we made, in miniature. The cupcake batter has strawberry purée in it, giving it a lovely light pink hue. Rachel likes to frost them with whipped cream and top them with a strawberry, like a strawberry shortcake in cupcake form.

Rachel Sifting

Rachel Sifting

Ready for Baking

Ready for Baking

Everyone got in the act. My sister Jennifer was in charge of piping the whipped cream. It looked very professional.

Jennifer Piping Whipped Cream Frosting

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DORIE, from Betsy and Rachel! We hope you have a fabulous day!

Rachel’s Strawberry CupcakesMakes 2 dozen mini cupcakes plus a few regular sized ones

2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 large egg whites, at room temperature

Whipped cream
24-30 fresh strawberries, for garnishing the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a mini-muffin tin (with 24 muffins) with cupcake lines and set aside.

Puree strawberries in a food processor. Measure out 1/3 cup of puree. Mix the puree in a small bowl with the milk and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together sifted flour, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce speed and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture, mixing until just blended. Add the strawberry mixture; mix until just blended. Add the remaining flour mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just blended.

Divide the batter between the muffin cups, filling just 2/3 full. If there is extra, make a few full-sized cupcakes. Transfer the muffin tin to the oven, and bake until the tops are just dry to the touch (and the inside of the cake is cooked). For mini-cupcakes, bake for 15-20 minutes. For full-sized, bake 22-25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and cool completely before icing.

When cooled, ice with whipped cream and top with half a strawberry. Enjoy!


Posted on 24 October 2013, in Baking, Family, French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. doriegreenspan

    Dear Betsy and Rachel and Jennifer – thank you so much for the birthday cupcakes. They’re adorable! And I love that Rachel loves baking. Having started young, she’ll have a lifetime of happiness in the kitchen. Hugs from here – xoDorie

  2. Those are so cute – I am sure Dorie would whole-heartedly approve!

  3. How fun :-) (I love chefs in training)
    Enjoy your time with your sister & family.

  4. Love love love that you did this while in “travel status” with the family. The cupcakes sound and look amazing. And your niece is adorable ! Enjoy your visit and travel safely ~

  5. Oh Betsy, how thrilling for Rachel to have personal baking encouragement from our birthday gal. I hope she prints out Dorie’s e-mail and pastes it in her favorite cookbook. What a memory. These cupcakes look delicious. (Do you think they are as good as the tomato soup cupcakes. Did you share that recipe with Rachel?) Have a wonderful week with your family. I can sense from this Post and your e-mails that this is a good week for you all and that you’re havng a ball.

  6. What a great time. Thanks for sharing Rachel’s recipe. Enjoy the rest of the visit!

  7. Those cupcakes look wonderful!!! So fun that you got to make these with Rachel!!

  8. Betsy, what a lovely birthday tribute to Dorie – looks like the talent and love for baking runs in your family! Enjoy your time with your family!

  9. What cute cupcakes! I’m sure Dorie would love them.

  10. Betsy, The cupcakes are just beautiful! I love that you got to spend some time baking with your niece! Rachel, you did a fantastic job! Have fun with your family and travel safe!

  11. I’m loving the team effort! Thank you for sharing the cupcake recipe too. I promised cupcakes for a fundraiser at work next week, and these look like they would sell out in no time!

  12. Great fun there! Lovely cupcakes!

  13. How fun! Great looking cupcakes!

  14. Yum! The cupcakes sound (and look) excellent.

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