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Celebrate Summer with Strawberry Pocky Cupcakes

strawberry pocky 2.jpgEvery summer we eagerly anticipate the arrival of strawberries. Now that we can find them in the produce section, it's time to put the berries to work. But we're sick of shortcake. This time, we sweeten the strawberry with our favorite Japanese snack -- Strawberry Pocky.

Strawberries are a cute fruit, hence their popularity in those Hello Kitty snacks. The only thing more adorable than a strawberry? A Strawberry Pocky cupcake! Here's how to make 12 Strawberry Pocky cupcakes for your next barbecue or birthday party.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 tablespoons butter, room
    temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh
    strawberries, drained
  • Strawberry frosting
  • 12 fresh strawberries for decoration
  • Strawberry Pocky (Original Strawberry Pocky, Strawberry Pocky Bits, or Giant Strawberry Pocky)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325
    degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease 12 cupcake pan cups or line with paper
    liners.
     
  2. In a large bowl, cream
    together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one
    at a time, then stir in the strawberry extract. Combine the self-rising
    flour and salt; stir into the batter just until blended. Fold in the strawberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups and divide evenly.

  3. Bake until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in
    the pan set over a wire rack. When the cupcakes are cool, frost with desired strawberry frosting.

  4. When cupcakes are ready to serve, slice the strawberries and fan them over the cupcake as shown. Then,  break one Strawberry Pocky stick in half and poke each stick into the cupcake.

Thumbnail image for strawberry pocky cupcakes.jpgNow it's time to get creative with your cupcakes. Sprinkle coconut flakes or red candy over the top. Strawberry addicts can wash these cupcakes down with a bottle of Strawberry Ramune soda. If you don't have time to make these Pocky cupcakes, satisfy your sweet tooth with Japanese snacks and candy available at Asianfoodgrocer.com.

Pocky Cupcake Photo Credit to: cupcakeninja.net

5 thoughts on “Celebrate Summer with Strawberry Pocky Cupcakes”

  • Jesse

    Thats my brithday

    Reply
  • Kristina

    Hi,
    does anyone know how to make orange flavor pocky cake? My boyfriend loves orange flavor pocky. I mean really..he wants an orange pocky flavor for his birthday. Or if not, maybe orange pocky flavor cupcakes is okay too.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  • Asian Food Grocer

    Hi Kristina,
    I think you would need to get a little experimental with your idea. I did a quick google search for Orange Flavored Cake, and came up with this recipe:
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Orange-Cream-Cake-III/Detail.aspx
    I think if you were to make this cake, you would be safe, however, to make it pockyfied you should grind up some Orange Pocky and add it to the batter, and then when you're finished with the topping sprinkle some more all across the top for extra flavor and flare :D
    Good luck, and let us know how it turns out; maybe we'll add it to our recipe section.
    -Web Master

    Reply
  • Sprinkles

    Hi there, I was so surprised to see a cupcake post on your blog and so have included it in our summer cupcake feature on www.partycupcakeideas.com Thanks!

    Reply
  • bakeware

    I love strawberry cakes, this is a nice recipe, i will try it,thank you.

    Reply
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