Light Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

"This recipe borrows heavily from Martha Stewart's excellent recipe, but substitutes healthier alternatives for some of the ingredients. I also found that the cook time in her recipe was longer than needed, so I adjusted accordingly. The recipe also works for other fruit, so I've included a picture of a blackberry and raspberry topping."
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photo by Late Night Gourmet
photo by Late Night Gourmet photo by Late Night Gourmet
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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly between each addition, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with sour cream and beating until just incorporated.
  • Divide batter evenly among the tins using an ice cream scoop. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
  • Combine the chopped strawberries with the strawberry jam. Fill with enough strawberry filling to cover the top of the cupcake. Top with whipped cream and a slice of strawberry. Serve immediately.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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