For the Cupcakes:

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 sticks
2 cups fresh whole strawberries pureed
3 large eggs room temperature
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
3-4 drops red food coloring optional

For the Buttercream:

3.5 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 sticks
1/4 cup pureed fresh strawberries
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
Pinch salt


For the Cupcakes:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two 12-well muffin pans with 20 to 24 cupcake liners.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the granulated sugar and butter and beat together on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes, until very pale yellow and fluffy.

Add the eggs 1 at a time to your stand mixer, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Reduce your mixer speed to low and mix in the strawberry puree.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add 1/2 of the flour mixture to your stand mixer. Mix on the lowest speed until combined.
In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and oil. Add to your stand mixer bowl.
Add the remaining flour mixture to your stand mixer bowl and mix on low speed until well incorporated. Be careful not to overbeat.
Add the vanilla and strawberry extracts and food coloring, if using. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

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