Strawberry Crepe Cupcakes

March 19, 2012

As a general rule, I don’t love cupcakes unless they’re in carrot cake or chocolate-form. Vanilla, especially, is a very “blah” flavor for me. I would never eat a vanilla cupcake voluntarily. They’re boring, and I’ve been forced to eat far too many over-frosted, over-sugared vanilla treats at birthday parties over the years. But these cupcakes…I would eat them again, and do it happily. They’re dense but soft, extremely moist, perfectly sweet, and packed with — dare I say it — wonderful vanilla flavor.

So, why are these called “Strawberry Crepe Cupcakes”? Because that’s what I had in mind when I was making them, and that’s what they taste like.  Sweet vanilla crepes filled with fresh strawberries and Nutella. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Purists might say that these don’t really taste like strawberry crepes, but that’s only because they aren’t crepes. Obviously these are not thin, chewy pancakes wrapped around chocolate filling and fruit — they’re delicious vanilla cupcakes stuffed with fat, juicy strawberries and frosted with thick Nutella buttercream. If you ask me (and my co-workers), they taste pretty darn close to the real thing. And, these cupcakes are really frickin’ delicious in their own right. Like…really really good. Try ‘em!

Strawberry Crepe Cupcakes (Vanilla cupcakes adapted from the Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe)
** Recipe makes exactly 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients:
(Cupcakes)
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp table salt
- 1 stick butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs.
- 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 12 whole strawberries, hulled + more for garnishing

(Nutella Buttercream Frosting)
3/4 cup Nutella
- 1-1/2 sticks butter, softened (I actually used “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter,” and it tasted perfectly fine.)
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Steps:
(1) Preheat oven to 350. Line standard muffin tin with cupcake liners.
(2) In a large bowl, whisk together softened butter, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
(3) Slowly stir in dry ingredients. Mix well, making sure there are no flour pockets.
(4) Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin.
** Cups should be about 2/3 full.
(5) Press one strawberry, pointy-side-down, into the center of each cup of batter.
(6) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cupcake tops are pale gold and springy.
(7) Remove cupcakes from the tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool while you make your frosting.
(8) In a medium bowl, cream together butter and Nutella. Stir in powdered sugar, and mix until smooth. Spoon frosting into a piping bag, and pipe thick swirls on top of each cupcake.
** If you find the frosting to be too buttery, add a little more Nutella or powdered sugar (1 tbsp at a time), tasting after each addition until you find your ideal balance of flavors.
(9) Slice remaining strawberries into thirds, length-wise, and press one slice on top of each cupcake.
** To help the strawberries last a little longer and give them a nice shine, melt together 1 tbsp strawberry jam + 1 tbsp water and mix well. Then, gently brush the syrupy glaze over each berry. Any overflow can be soaked up by gently dabbing with a paper towel. 
(10) Enjoy!

33 Comments

  1. Rita says:

    I love cupcakes especially vanilla cupcakes; these a re superb and keepers. What a lovely presentation. thank you.
    Rita

  2. Aubrie says:

    I am so excited to try these! A bakery by me had a very similar cupcake (with bavarian cream filling in addition to the strawberries) as a monthly special a couple months ago, and I’ve been craving them ever since! Hopefully these will satisfy the craving :)

    • justputzing says:

      Mmm, I bet these would taste great with bavarian cream filling. But even without the cream, I hope these satisfy your craving!

  3. kirbie says:

    Ooh, these look amazing. And strawberries and Nutella are such a great combination!

  4. These look super delicious!

  5. myfudo says:

    I am convinced…I’ve gotta try these cupcake treats. They really look moist!

  6. love it! gorgeous! drooling.

  7. Emma says:

    Just made these! Absolutely delicious, thank you so much for this recipe.

  8. I created a spin off of your cake recipe. I added a nutella swirl to the cake and topped it with banana frosting. It turned out amazing! I love the strawberry in the center! thank you for posting this recipe. I have you linked in my blog. http://www.domesticated-engineer.com/1/post/2012/04/strawberry-banana-nutella-crepe-cupcakes.html

    • justputzing says:

      Mmm, what a delicious-sounding adaptation of the recipe! I love strawberry-banana-Nutella crepes too. Thanks for the link-back!

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  10. Mackenna says:

    Just made these for dessert for our Easter dinner. I couldn’t help myself and had to try one as soon as I put the frosting on–YUM!! Thanks for posting this delicious recipe!!

  11. Erica Marie says:

    Wow! I just made these and I LOVE THEM! I never knew that buttercream frosting could turn out so well with ICBINB!? This is my new go-to recipe! Check out my version on my blog?

  12. Sarah says:

    YUM! I made these last night and brought them to work and they were a hit! I actually made them mini cupcakes and the recipe was perfect, just baked for 10 minutes instead. Thanks! :)

    • justputzing says:

      Oh man, mini cupcakes sound delicious dangerous! I would eat so many of those things just because they’re bite sized…

  13. Thank you for the great frosting recipe … the strawberry addition was a delicious!

  14. Shari says:

    The temperature to preheat the oven, is it in degrees celcius or Fahrentheit?

  15. rosmawati says:

    I have tried this recipe because I have extra strawberries in my freezer. I’m Malaysian and for the cup cake it’s so nice and frosting its to sweet for my family. But its a good recipe. Thanks

  16. Paige says:

    Made these for a wedding shower and they were a big hit! Thanks for sharing!

  17. DT says:

    Don’t know what went wrong with my buttercream. I used less than 1.5cups of sugar as it was quite sweet. I could see a layer of oil on my buttercream which tasted greasy. Did I overbeat it? :( i like the idea of these cupcakes tho, next time I may try a nutella cream cheese frosting instead…

    • justputzing says:

      Hmm, I’m not sure what went wrong with your buttercream – I haven’t gotten this particular comment before! I’m not sure how much powdered sugar you used, but it sounds like you might have over-beat the butter (and caused it to melt) and then not used enough powdered sugar to firm it up. I think if the powdered sugar is too much for you, next time try adding more Nutella — it’ll help mask the taste of the butter a little without being overpoweringly sweet. You should definitely taste the frosting as you go to see if you need to add more of anything. Hope that helps!

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