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Strawberry cream cheese frosting (and cupcakes galore!)

This is a recipe for frosting fanatics. Mix and match this strawberry cream cheese frosting with your favorite cupcakes.

By Eat. Run. Read. / September 20, 2013

Find that last carton of strawberries on sale at the market and make this strawberry cream cheese frosting.

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I know that for most of you out there frosting is your favorite part of the cake eating experience. And though I'm more of a cake girl myself (I value a reasonable frosting-to-cake ratio), I bake for friends, so I know what's up. More frosting is always appreciated.

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Mollie Zapata lives in Boston, where she is a graduate student by day and bakes for her friends, roommates, and classmates by night. She balances her decadent baking creations with healthy "real" meals, and loves creative flavor combinations, epic layer cakes, and exploring new ingredients.  Mollie blogs at www.eatrunread.com.

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This strawberry cream cheese frosting is delightful. You know when you stick your finger into something you've made for a taste and immediately think (or say) wow? That is this frosting. It has fresh strawberries and jam, so take advantage of those end-of-summer berries while you can! Pretty soon we're going to be all pumpkin all the time.

I used this frosting on these vegan chocolate cupcakes (my favorite chocolate cake recipe). I imagine it would also go well with a white cake, or lemon cake. This recipe makes enough for one cake (two to three layers), or for a batch of cupcakes. You could also adapt it for any fresh berry/jam combo like blueberries or raspberries.

*Editor's Note: Looking for cupcake ideas to go with this frosting? Here are a few of our favorites from Mollie and others:

Easy, moist (vegan) chocolate cupcakes

King Cake Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling

Cream-filled vanilla cupcakes

Raspberry cupcakes

Strawberry cream cheese frosting

1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature

6 fresh strawberries, very finely chopped

3 tablespoons strawberry jam or jelly

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk, as needed

1. Beat the cream cheese, butter, fresh strawberries, and jam with a hand mixer or stand mixer until fairly smooth, (the fresh strawberries will be a little chunky).

2. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla.

3. Add milk if the frosting is too thick.

4. Spread on everything!

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