A box of strawberry cake mix and a little imagination equals "Gracie Cakes."
We are always experimenting with recipes at my house. We like to try different flavor combinations and textures. Cooking and baking together as a family is something that I have done with my children since they were toddlers. It is an activity that they thoroughly enjoy. Even when we are away from the kitchen they think about different recipes that we can try the next time we cook. Earlier this week, my daughter handed me a recipe that she came up with for strawberry cupcakes. Although her measurements were a bit off (2 TBS of salt makes for one salty cupcake!), her flavor combination – strawberry, orange, and vanilla- was quite remarkable. After a few tweaks to measurements and a few additions of healthier ingredients we devised a doable and tasty recipe that would be a great dessert for a 4th of July celebration.
Recipe for Gracie Cakes (Crumb-Topped Strawberry Cupcakes)
1 box of strawberry cake mix (reserve 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup unbleached whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup egg whites
1 TBS dried orange peel
1/2 TBS pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
1 cup water
1/3 cup reduced-fat or nonfat sour cream
crumb topping (recipe below)*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray mufiin tin wells with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Combine strawberry cake mix (minus 1/2 cup to be reserved for crumb topping), whole-wheat flour, baking powder, salt, orange peel, and flaxseed meal in large bowl. Add egg whites, sour cream, water, and vanilla. Blend on medium-low until combined. Fill muffin tin wells 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 TBS per well of crumb mixture on top of batter. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Yield: about 20 cupcakes.
*Crumb Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup strawberry cake mix
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 TBS sugar
1 TBS orange peel
1/3 cup trans-fat free margarine, melted
Crumb Topping Preparation:
In a small bowl, combine cake mix, graham cracker crumbs, orange peel, and sugar. Add melted margarine. Mix until margarine is incorporated. Mixture will be crumbly.
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