Lizzie's Strawberry Cupcakes

  • For the Cupcakes
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 standard box plain white cake mix
  • One 3-ounce box strawberry-flavored gelatine
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
  • 4 large eggs
  • For the Icing
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
  • Special equipment: two 12-cup cupcake pans

For the cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray 2 cupcake pans with cooking spray.

2. With an electric mixer, beat the cake mix, gelatin, oil, strawberries and a 1/2 cup water until fully combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan, and then remove before icing.

For the icing:

1. In a blender or food processor, puree the butter, sugar and strawberries for the glaze until smooth; it may take a few minutes to come together. Poke holes in the cupcakes with a toothpick, then spoon the icing over, allowing some of it to seep into the cake. Store the cupcakes, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks.

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