Strawberry Cream Cheese Buttercream and Apron Giveaway!

The Story:
         A few weeks ago I entered In Katrina’s Kitchen’s Blog Giveaway, and guess what!  I WON!  So, I decided I needed to do a giveaway of my own to really celebrate and to say thank you to the blogger world. 

         I am working two jobs (over 60 hours a week) just to pay for rent and books and school… oh yeah, and food other than flour, sugar and butter.  So I do not have much to offer, but I made this apron from an old dress this week and wanted to give it to one of you lucky readers.  It has lace detailing, pockets and cute buttons down the front.  Perfect for any baker!
         Post a comment to enter telling me what your favorite dessert is, and post additional comments if you..
1.     Like/Follow Your Cup of Cake on Facebook
2.    Follow on YCC on Twitter

The Giveaway will close on Wednesday June 1, at midnight Mountain time!













I topped the White Chocolate Orange Cupcakes from a few days ago with Strawberry Cream Cheese Butter Cream….Enjoy!

 
Orange Cakes:
French Vanilla cake mix
1 tablespoons orange juice
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup sour cream
½ cup oil
3 eggs
1 egg white
Zest of one or two oranges
¼ cup flour
White Chocolate Ganache:
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Strawberry Cream Cheese Buttercream:
½ cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
                                                                               2 tablespoons strawberry puree
Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2.    In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine orange juice, buttermilk, sour cream and oil. 
3.    Add eggs and egg white one at a time, stirring well between each addition. 
4.    Slowly add cake mix and flour white stirring.
5.    Add orange zest and mix again.
6.   Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7.    Let cool on rack for 5 minutes, and then seal in airtight containers to lock in moisture. (If you live in a really humid place, then don’t worry about sealing them.)
8.   Ganache: On the stovetop or in the microwave, melt chocolate and heavy cream together.  Stir constantly if on the stovetop using low-medium heat, or take out every 15 seconds in the microwave to stir.  Be careful, white chocolate burns easily.
9.   When your cupcakes are nearly cooled, dip them in the ganache to coat the tops. 
10.Buttercream: Puree strawberries by placing 1 or 3 berries (fresh or thawed from the freezer) in the blender.
11.   Beat butter and cream cheese for 5 minutes.  Slowly add powdered sugar and strawberry puree.  Add food coloring if desired, and let beat for 4 more minutes. 
12.  Pipe into cooled cupcakes and top with a strawberry or another decoration.  

44 thoughts on “Strawberry Cream Cheese Buttercream and Apron Giveaway!

  1. 1
    Erin says:

    Mmm I really like the sound of orange and strawberry together in a cupcake!

  2. 2
    Ella says:

    My favorite dessert is banana pudding! We always make it on Thanksgiving!

    Ella,

  3. 3
    Ella says:

    I'm following you on Facebook.

    Ella,

  4. 4
    Splendid Things says:

    Cute apron!
    I LOVE dessert so it is too hard to choose 1 favorite! But I love cheesecakes and coffee flavored desserts~ Yummy!

  5. 5
    chaney says:

    I am beyond impressed that you made that apron! Not only are you clearly a talented baker (those cupcakes look delicious!), but you are also a talented crafts-woman? You're so incredible.

  6. 6
    chaney says:

    oh, and my favorite dessert is pretty much everything… but I have recently been getting really into cupcakes- which makes your blog a GREAT resource!

  7. 7
    More of Mom's Special Moments says:

    Just made a great carrot cake, but I have to say, that coconut cream pies hit the spot too!! LOVE your blog and thanks soooo much for sharing the recipes. . you're awesome!

  8. 8
    Ling Ling says:

    I loved making your simple banana cupcakes. They were delish and soooo easy to make! Instant hit in my apartment.

    whitney.landon@gmail.com

  9. 9
    Ling Ling says:

    I liked YCC on facebook!

    whitney.landon@gmail.com

  10. 10
    Lindsay Rae says:

    My favorite dessert is black walnut cake. Sounds weird, but it is so good! Yumm!

  11. 11
    Lindsay Rae says:

    Also, I like Your Cup of Cake on facebook!

  12. 12
    Krafty Keely says:

    I love cupcakes, all of them, it's almost impossible to go wrong with a cupcake. They are just so cute and individual and perfect. If I HAD to pick a flavor I would choose lemon cupcakes with raspberry filling and whipped cream frosting. YUM!

    Also, that apron is adorable!

    And! I officially liked YCC on Facebook :)

  13. 13
    Kelsi says:

    my favorite is definitely the mexican hot chocolate cupcakes! muy delicioso! keep up the good work.

    i liked YCC on facebook:)

  14. 14
    Leigh Anne @Yourhomebasedmom says:

    My favorite dessert – there are so many, how could I ever pick?!?!?! But I am sure one of your cupcakes is at the top of my list!!

  15. 15
    Jan says:

    creme brulee- YUM!!

  16. 16
    Clark says:

    Breyers mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  17. 17
    Kelly says:

    I'm a sucker for brownies!! I will be trying your Lemon Cupcakes this week!! Can't wait!!

  18. 18
    Kelly says:

    I liked you on FB!!

  19. 19
    vocello says:

    Any and all homemade puddings (including creme brulee and tapioca)… Of course, a dark chocolate mousse would be the ultimate delight!

  20. 20
    xiaoxisworld says:

    I love brownie with ice cream.

  21. 21
    xiaoxisworld says:

    I liked you on facebook.

  22. 22
    Ie Ling Gail says:

    I absolutely adore creme brulee.

  23. 23
    Ie Ling Gail says:

    I like YCC on Facebook

  24. 24
    Ie Ling Gail says:

    I follow YCC tweets

  25. 25
    Chaffy says:

    Pretty much anything chocolate is my favorite dessert! I say I can't go a day without chocolate. A piece of chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate cupcake, anything really that includes choc does it for me. I love your recipes and your excitement for cupcakes. They really are the perfect little yummy treat and you make yours so yummy sounding and beautiful all at the same time. I love your blog, and your apron is very cute, it would be a special treat to win!

    What are you planning on doing once you are out of school? Are you going to get into the cupcake world and open up your own place or is this just more of a hobby for you?

  26. 26
    TaylorAnn says:

    Ok, that is absolutely darling Lizzy!

  27. 27
    TaylorAnn says:

    Oh, and I like you on Facebook too :)

  28. 28
    Sabrina says:

    LOVE your apron!!! YOU MADE IT???? It would be something I would totally buy!!

    Great recipe! looks absolutely delicious!

    like you on facebook, and follow you on twitter!

  29. 29
    Everyday Gourmet says:

    I love anything lemon for dessert, and I just love plain New York Cheesecake!

  30. 30
    Everyday Gourmet says:

    forgot to mention…I follow you on facebook!!! xo

  31. 31
    Carolyn Black says:

    I LOVE to make and eat cheesecake! I LOVE your blog. You have such fabulous recipes and you are an amazing photographer. I made your pineapple inside out cupcakes for a shower and they were the favorite of all the food there. Thanks!

  32. 32
    Jess says:

    Mud Pie is my all time favorite dessert, unfortunately I rarely ever have it. :( Your blog is great and your recipes are mouth watering!

  33. 33
    Jess says:

    I liked YCC on Facebook :)

  34. 34
    Jess says:

    And I follow YCC on Twitter… can you tell I really want that awesome apron?!? Great giveaway!

  35. 35
    Amie says:

    One of my favorite desserts is vanilla ice cream because you can "dress it up" in so many different ways. One of my favorite toppings is chocolate rice cereal and bananas. Yum! Sounds strange but it's so good.

  36. 36
    Amie says:

    I'm also following you on facebook!

  37. 37
    Katie says:

    I love all desserts! I love to try new recipes! Makes things interesting!

  38. 38
    Katie says:

    I'm a follwer on facebook!

  39. 39
    Ms. Lollipop says:

    Chocolate cake with mocha mousseline buttercream! You can find the recipe at bakeblogging.blogspot.com

    catharine.ellie [at] gmail [dot] com

  40. 40
    Alexis says:

    My new favorite dessert is one my husband makes. A dessert crepe filled with a honey whipped cream and topped with a delicious warm blueberry sauce. Oooh, just thinking of it makes my tummy hum!

  41. 41
    Lynn Lipchak says:

    My favorite dessert is simple: yellow moist cake with chocolate whipped cream
    icing! Yum! But there are so many runner-ups and many are yours! ☺
    Lynn

  42. 42

    That cake like a princess with a strawberry…

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