Michigan Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes {Recipe Inside}

Dr. Angela Seabright
Ameerah Shakoor

| 2 min read

strawberry shortcake cupcakes
Summer is in full swing, and the heat is on! Summer not only brings good times, barbecues, and trips to the pool; it also brings tons of fresh, local produce, picked at the peak of harvest!
Michigan is an amazing place for buying local food. We grow many crops that are exported outside of the state including cherries, apples and strawberries. Eating local produce also has many benefits. Not only is it fresher, it helps support the local community. Many farms offer “U-Pick” options, where you can pick your own food and pay for it by weight. To see where the nearest U-Pick farm is to you, visit upickmichigan.com.
As Michigan strawberry season (June to July) quickly comes to a close, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes that reminds me a lot of my childhood. Because I’m still a little girl at heart, I immediately thought about my grandmother’s strawberry shortcake. This time however, I wanted to do it with a twist.
Michigan Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes (adapted from CupcakeProject.com)
This cupcake is slightly more, ahem, gourmet, than the shortcake from my childhood, but it brought me back the second I tasted it. It features a brown butter cupcake, filled with a fresh strawberry and orange compote, and topped with a vanilla whipped cream frosting (a little indulgence is okay from time to time). It’s heavenly.
Here’s a look at the step-by-step process for making your own at home!
Prepare your Michigan strawberries by cutting off the stems and slicing them into quarters.
In a large bowl, mix cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
For the filling you’ll mix orange juice, Michigan strawberries, a bit of sugar and orange zest.
In a large bowl, combine cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix until stiff.
Once cooled, scoop out the middle of each cupcake and fill with the strawberry orange mixture.
Frost your cupcakes and garnish with a Michigan strawberry to complete your treat.
Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan
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