Strawberry Cupcakes Make Sweet Memories


I love fresh strawberries.  The natural growing season is April to June; pretty short, although with modern growing practices, we can enjoy good berries practically year round.  At the first hint of spring, I am ready for that burst of unmistakable flavor that brings me so much joy.

ATOP has launched A Taste of Paris Goes PINK, turning the site PINK for the month of March in celebration of our all-female culinary trip to Paris in April 2019.

My Strawberry Cupcakes are delightfully pink and simple to make.

strawberry cupcake

Most of you know I am a recent empty nester.

Thinking back on my fondest memories of school days with my kids under foot, cupcakes come to mind.  I remember the children running in the door, their shrieks of joy and those tiny faces filled with excitement because I had baked something yummy. These memories are priceless and a reminder that the most precious things in life, are often the simplest.

I know we live in a busy world and sometimes struggle to keep up.   My suggestion to stop and bake cupcakes is not meant to make you feel guilty but to give you permission to prioritize your day for the sweet faces than mean the most to you.

You will find my no-fail Strawberry Cupcake recipe below; it yields a beautiful batch in the prettiest shade of PINK.  The recipe starts with a boxed mix and calls for frozen berries making it easy to whip up, start to finish in less than 1 hour. I have also added a couple of my favorite time saving kitchen baking utensils.

A scoop for dishing batter, mess free, and…

OXO Cookie Scoop

… one batch cupcake pans that allow you to maneuver and clean up only one pan instead of two. There are two sizes, 24 count for standard cupcakes and 48 count for mini cupcakes.

Wilton 24 Count Pan
Wilton 48 Count Pan

Time goes so fast and in the blink of an eye everything changes.  If you don’t have an hour; order cookies online or swing by your local bakery.  Put the treats on a pretty plate and you will get the same results, a shriek of joy as your loved ones come through the door.

I don’t know about you but I live for those moments!

strawberry cupcake

Strawberry Cupcake



1 white cake mix

1 cup frozen strawberries thawed

1/3 cup oil

4 egg whites
½ cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into 24 cupcake tins lined with paper wrappers and bake for 19-23 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

1½ sticks butter, at room temperature

6 cups of powdered sugar

1 cup frozen strawberries thawed

1-6 tablespoons cream

In a medium bowl, mix butter and fruit with an electric mixer until combined.  Add sugar slowly whipping to incorporate.  If frosting gets to stiff, add cream a little at a time until desired consistency is achieved.  Continue to beat frosting for a few minutes to make it fluffy.



Want to win this set of PINK kitchen utensils?  Send me email addresses for friends that might enjoy my blog, cooking classes or a culinary trip to France!  Each email address is an entry for your friend and for YOU! Winner will be announced on March 31!


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PINK Giveaway!

ATOP has launched A Taste of Paris Goes PINK, turning the site PINK for the month of March in celebration of our all-female culinary trip to Paris in April 2019.  Check out this amazing trip including all of the very best culinary gems, Paris has to offer.


To keep the PINK ball in-the-air, I am hosting an all-PINK GIVEAWAY!!!

This amazing prize includes: a big beautiful PINK Mason Cash Bowl, a PINK 5 speed Cuisinart hand mixer, a set of two Kate Spade kitchen towels and a set of 3 PINK rubber spatulas.

A value of $150.00!!


Can you imagine yourself baking treats in your kitchen with these delightful accessories?

Register TODAY!!!

All you have to do is send me email addresses for anyone that you think might be interested in A Taste of Paris; the blog, travel to France or cooking classes!

Each email address is an entry.  Enter as many times as you want!

Click HERE and get started or simply email me at

Gift will be awarded on March 30th! GOOD LUCK!


A Taste of Paris Goes PINK!
April 7th – 13th, 2019

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Besties
Reserve your seats TODAY

For this all girls trip of a lifetime!
Be treated like royalty at the  Ecole Ritz Escoffier with a Special French Market Class

French Desserts Technique class developed especially for ATOP at the famed Lenotre

French Cheese and Wine Pairing  class taught in a 400 year old cave will awaken your senses and ignite your palate

Entertaining Champagne Tasting including bottle sabering!!

Enjoy high tea at famous salon

Macaroons and Chocolate Tasting

Soufflé Dinner and ATOP original Hotel Picnic

River Cruise on the Seine

The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin

Notre Dame and La Madeleine

Concert at Sainte-Chapelle

Arc de Triomphe, Place Concorde, Flower Market

Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Garden

Culinary shopping trip and Visit the best Flea Market in Paris

6 Nights Stay at 4 Star hotel with fabulous address
VIP no waiting in lines at museums and sites

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YOUR Last Day to Enter to WIN!

Enter to win a French Soiree for TWO!

I have partnered with Mercedes Benz of McKinney to bring you an evening of Luxury! Each winner will enjoy a festive evening for two including cocktails, a sensational 3 course French menu followed by wine and cheese pairings AND a mini floral and chocolate lesson that will yield darling take home treats.


By Facebook go to facebook A Taste Of Paris Trips, like this page and tag friends to the contest post, each tag is an entry

By Instagram, follow me @atasteofparis and tag friends to the contest post.  Each name is an entry

Enter as many times as you like!

5 winners will be announced on April 5th!

Event, Thursday, May 25th 6:00-8:00 at Mercedes Benz of Mckinney

Good Luck!


Fleur de Lis Martini Kit GIVEAWAY!

Who would you like to take to Paris if you could jet off tomorrow?

Registration for A Taste of Paris Trips remains OPEN!  To celebrate, I am doing a giveaway for my famous Fleur de Lis Martini Kit!  This sophisticated concoction is my favorite way to French up any girls night in.

For your chance to win this beautiful martini kit, log on Facebook, like my atasteofparistrips page and simply enter as many names as you want.  Enter on Instagram too by first following me @ atasteofparis and tag as many names as you like.  Each name is an entry! And you could be the lucky winner of this pretty box on Friday!


I am currently taking bookings for:

A Taste Of Paris April 2018

ONLY 1 Seat OPEN for 2017 travel

A Taste of Paris April 2017

A Taste of Paris/ Champagne September 2017

Win this Fleur de Lis Martini Kit! Win this Fleur de Lis Martini Kit!