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Strawberry Shortcake for One

Hi, my name is Kate.

I was born in London, I have long brown hair, and I have a younger sister.

Sadly, no prince charming… yet.

Despite the similarities between Kate Middleton and myself, I must confess I’ve not been keeping up with the royal wedding at all. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was so soon until yesterday, when #royalwedding tweets bombarded me on Twitter.

Always up for a “theme cooking” challenge, I scrambled to create a recipe for the occasion:

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Strawberries-n-cream cupcake, with Healthy Whipped Cream.

Or, rather, it would have been healthy cream if there’d been more time! With less than 24 hours to think up a recipe, make it, photograph it, and then blog about it, I had to take a few shortcuts (hence the soyatoo in the photo). Please don’t tell the queen! Winking smile

Having not lived in England since I was a baby, I was pretty clueless about British desserts (aside from a reference to Banoffi pie in one of my favorite movies, Love, Actually). I often think of berries and cream in association with my birthplace; normally with scones. However, time did not permit me to create a healthy scone recipe, since I’ve had no prior scone-making practice. Therefore, I turned to a recipe with which I do have previous experience—the single-lady cupcake!

Of course, married maidens (like Kate Middleton, as of today!) will need to double the recipe. Perhaps this single-lady cupcake is not truly traditional. But it is truly delicious.

For a more-traditional treat, do top with the above-linked healthy cream. Alternatively, this cupcake is sweet enough and flavorful enough that you can easily opt to eat it completely naked. (Interpret that statement however you wish.)

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Strawberries-n-Cream Cupcake

(Makes one cupcake, Single-Lady style!)

  • 3 tbsp flour (I used white-whole-wheat. You can use all-purpose, Bob’s gf, or even ww pastry)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • heaping 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 or 2 tbsp chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (You can sub a different oil; however the coconut oil gives it a rich flavor and fun texture. You can use applesauce for a fat-free version.)
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp milk of choice (Use less if using liquid sweetener.)
  • 1 tbsp sugar or 1 packet stevia (I omitted, but most people will want some sweetener)

Preheat oven to 330 degrees. Mix dry, then add wet. Mix until just combined (don’t overmix), and bake for 17 minutes or so. (Baking time will vary, depending on the flour and oil/applesauce you use.) Or, you can cook it in the microwave, in a mug or small dish.

See original single-lady post for Nutritional Information.

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Did you watch the Royal Wedding?
Have you been following the coverage at all?

I didn’t watch this morning, but I most definitely will be interested to see the photos (the gown! the cake!) in People magazine. I wish them well and really hope it lasts; they seem to have a strong bond, not rushing into anything. And I admire her courage. As handsome as Prince William is (and as nice as he seems), I don’t think I could handle all the media scrutiny that comes with being a princess!

P.S. I have another royal cupcake: Click to see!

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Published on April 29, 2011

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  1. Meg says

    With a face like yours, Prince Charming will be falling at your feet anyday now, “Kate” 😉 LOVE the recipe and not to mention is beautiful and colorful! So royal!

    Love you girl! Happy FRIDAY!

  2. Sarah C says

    I want to eat that first photo off my screen!!!!

    And on a semi-related note, did you know your Cookie Dough Dip photo not only made the foodgawker “most gawked past 7 days” list, but it’s currently the second photo on the entire site!

    Just in case you haven’t seen it yet: http://foodgawker.com/post/2011/04/25/101025/

    I was so excited when I saw your photo up there :).

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Wow, Sarah, thanks for telling me!!! OMG that is too cool!
      It says there are 213 pages of “most gawked,” so to be on the first page has pretty much made my day! And if you hadn’t told me, I would’ve never known! Thank u!

  3. Erika says

    Hahahahahahaha I think my favorite like was when you said “don’t tell the queen.” Although I also liked “married maidens (like Kate Middleton, as of today) will have to make two.” You’re so cute!
    And the first photo is incredible! Not that the others aren’t beautiful as well, just the first is my favorite.

  4. [email protected] says

    I had no idea the wedding was so soon either and I was not the least bit interested until I turned on the tv this morning and saw how gorgeous kate looks! Your little creation looks gorgeous as well 🙂

  5. Aimee says

    I watched. I set my alarm clock to go off at 4:30 am. Shhh don’t tell! 😉
    Your photos are off the hook gorgeous!

  6. Freya says

    I think it’ll last – they’ve been together SEVEN years which is promising!
    And yah I watched it 🙂 She didn’t get out of the car til 11am english time!
    I never knew you were born here- how cool! Are your parents english?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      No, my dad works in intl. insurance, so they lived in London. I only wish I had been older when I lived there! We went back once when I was five, but I wanna go back again!! I love everything about England (including you ;)).

  7. Emily K says

    Hey Katie, I was just wondering if you’ve taken a photography class? Your photos are so much better now than they used to be. Not that they were bad before!!! That’s not what I meant.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Aww lol no I knew what you meant! Unfortunately, I still don’t consider myself as good of a photographer as I’d like to be… I’ve never taken a class, but I would love to do so, someday! If only there were more time in each day!

  8. Lisa Fine says

    I feel the same way. I looked at some stuff online this morning, but haven’t really been following the news about the Royal Wedding at all. But if I get to see a People magazine, I’d love to browse through the photos.

  9. Jennifer JCD says

    Love the cupcake! So pretty. Berries and creme are definitely British. The wedding was at a gnarly 3 AM local time, and I have to work today, so I didn’t get to watch it. I wish I could though. The whole royal wedding thing has been pretty exciting. I’m not usually one to follow celebrities, but royals are worth celebrating, especially in a Commonwealth country. 🙂 I wish them all the best.

    PS – You don’t need William; you’re already a princess!

  10. emma says

    I watched the wedding and Kate looked beautiful. She’s gonna be great 🙂 British desserts…..hmmm…..over here you see a lot of fruit crumbles, sticky toffee pudding, scones with clotted cream, Shortbread, good old carrot and choccie cake, spotted dick(!) , pavlova, apple pie and custard/cream…..the list goes on! i”l make scones and put them on my site to show you what it’s all about here in England 🙂

  11. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl says

    Love this recipe! I may make it tonight. I have been expecting ol’ prince charming to walk through the door any day now but alas, still single. So thank goodness your recipes exist. I also love your “Life in Cupcakes” post. So clever! I say you go for Prince Harry. I think he’s a cutie 😉

  12. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says

    Tasty-looking muffins. I really love that you make things in single servings. 🙂

    I got up and ran on the treadmill while I watching… it made me feel less silly for waking up two hours early to watch the wedding of someone I don’t know.

  13. Little Ballerina says

    i must say, your photography is improving post by post katie! you used to comment about how ”amature” your photography was, but now seriously? it looks professional. wanna share some tips?? what’d ya do? (and where did the fake flowers go? :P)

    lovely cupcakes!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Awwwwww thank u! But in truth I still really am NOT a good photographer :(. I’ve heard that a good photo is one where you hardly have to edit it at all… that is not the case with any of the photos I take. They need a lot of editing to look pretty! I’m just starting to learn more about my camera, and I finally took the plunge to not shoot on automatic all the time anymore! That was scary lol!

      So in summary, I can’t really offer any photography tips because I really am still learning! Now if you want photoshop tips… 😉

  14. Gen says

    yuuum! That cupcake looks deeelicious! 😀
    I haven’t followed the royal wedding at all…..but I did catch the end of it this morning! Her dress was gorgeous!!!!!

  15. Katherine says

    I haven’t been following the wedding at all, but I heard it was gorgeous!
    On a different note, this cupcake looks amazing!

    I was also going to ask you. Remember that controversial post you were going to post forever ago? Did you post it and I just missed it, or did you decide against posting it?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      No, I haven’t posted it yet :-?. I just haven’t been able to find the right way to word it without sounding offensive and… well, just having it come across in a way I don’t intend, if that makes any sense.
      And honestly I haven’t really had much time to look at what I wrote and even try to change my wording, due to school obligations. I still do hope to post it someday… I worked really hard to write it!

      • Katherine says

        I say just post it. People who follow you and have read your blog know that you would never mean to offend anyone, and so I think that won’t be a problem. Nobody will put you down for putting your honest opinion out there. Some people might disagree, but there is nothing wrong with that. You worked hard on it, and I am dying to read it, so I say post it and if worse comes to worse (which come on, have you seen how much your readers love you? that won’t happen) you can simple take it down or lock the comments.

  16. Rachelle says

    This is random, but could you come up with healthy cinnamon rolls? 🙂 I’m trying to myself, but I’m not sure where to start!

  17. Shannon says

    It’s so cute–it looks like one of those hats everyone was wearing.

    I definitely woke up super early, and enjoyed tea (and champagne and orange juice) with my Mum while we wore hats. It was definitely a gorgeous ceremony. Who doesn’t love a wedding!

  18. Stephanie says

    Hi Katie! Perfect timing on your recipe – I just bought strawberries last night! This will be a perfect single-lady sunday-afternoon treat for me this weekend. Am looking forward to it!
    Also, since this is my first time posting, I wanted to say thanks so much for all the amazing recipes you’ve put up here. I stumbled upon your blog the other day when searching for “dairy-free blogs” (I’m allergic!) and have already tried four of them! I’m not vegan but I really love vegan food – especially desserts – and your site has been so good to me. You’re absolutely amazing and I can’t thank you enough for letting us all into your life and for posting so often!
    … and I think banoffee pie should be your next experiment – I’d give my right arm to see a good vegan version!!

  19. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    “interpret that statement the way you wish” — that is hilarious.

    I watched some of the procession after the ceremony — I didn’t get up early enough to watch the actual wedding. Kate looked beautiful!

  20. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    Still can’t get over the fact that Will married THAT Kate and not YOU!! I guess its a good thing for Middleton that Will never got to meet you, or we’d be celebrating a different wedding right now…! 🙂

    I seriously have my fingers crossed, because I *think* I have some strawberries in my fridge…if you do, you know what I’m making!! 😀

    • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

      P.S. You don’t have Banoffee pie in America?!?! WHAT?! That’s MADNESS you guys are missing OUT!! 😛

        • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

          Hehe I was just Googling a recipe for a vegan version, with not much success!! I’m sure you’ll come up with an amazing CCK version at some point though, and I’ll be all over it then!! 😀

  21. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    I watched the two proceed from the church and the great kiss on the balcony, but I didn’t get up at 4 am to see it all! I watched the highlights 😉 But Kate was absolutely gorgeous! I wish her and William the best of luck. Kate especially, though, because she gave up a lot to marry William. I’m sure she will be a wonderful queen, though!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Haha I saw the first kiss, because my friend had it on… but I went away and apparently there was another (better) one. It must be so awkward for those two to have to share a kiss in front of so many other people! I felt bad for them LOL!

  22. lisa says

    I barely followed the royal wedding either! Don’t worry, I don’t have my prince charming yet either, but I’m sure he’ll come ;-). And your food pictures ALWAYS look amazing. They almost look too pretty to be real food!

  23. Megan @oatmealwithsprinkles says

    YUM! Looks amazing, as always. I totally watched them walk in and out, but I had to get ready for school so I missed most of it. And Kate Middleton and I have the same middle name and birthday…does that count? 😀

    Megan

  24. McKella says

    I feel like a traitor to my gender. I haven’t followed the coverage at all and I didn’t watch the wedding. It’s a nice event, I’m just not into it.

  25. pawsitivelife says

    Wait so it wasn’t you getting married today? Weird.This is my fisrt peek at your blog and everything looks fab! I cannot wait to try the healthy whipped cream

  26. Jess says

    ha! clever katie; i might even try this tonight, although i was thinking about the cookies, or some ice cream. i just love dessert so much…which reminds me, do i even have strawberries? lol

  27. Corey @ the runner's cookie says

    Looks like a delicious royal breakfast! I am so excited strawberries are finally back in season! I was surprised how much I enjoyed watching the wedding…everything about it was fascinating! (And of course the bride was gorrrgeous!) Hope you have a great weekend, Katie!

  28. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    I didn’t know you were born in London! You sure have been around! 😉

    I loved the wedding – it was gorgeous!

  29. Gemma says

    I have the perfect scone recipe – veganized from my granny’s traditional Scottish recipe.

    4 cups flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    2 tbsp sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    about 1/2 cup vegan margarine
    1 handful of sultanas
    Enough soy milk to make the mixture come together

    Mix margarine into flour with your fingertips. Add sugar, salt and baking powder. Add sultanas and soya milk. Roll until about 3/4 inch thick and cut out with scone cutter. Bake in oven at 180 degrees for around 15-20 mins.

  30. Mimi (Gingersnaps) says

    I was there! It was cute. I’d rather have Harry though. My friends made a funfetti “wedding cake.”

  31. Albizia says

    Mmm… a strawberry cupcake would be the perfect addition to my wedding ceremony evening. I watched the whole ceremony but I had coconut crackers instead (Any idea if I can find coconut oil or butter in Japan?)

    As for the wedding, Kate was sooo beautiful! I’m glad I watched it. The dress, the hair, the make up, the flowers – everything was perfect. My romantic side was on seventh heaven 🙂 .

  32. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Great looking cupcakes!!

    I didnt watch it, dont care. I am reading about it on blogs…sort of like the Cliff’s Notes of The Wedding. Saves me time and I get to see and hear about just the highlights. I know, I am the only one who didnt watch it tho probably 🙂

  33. Tara says

    I wish I saw this when I had breakfast! Instead I gobbled down tons of strawberrys with cream and a scone. Oh and my english breakfast tea in my gryffindor mug. I would have loved to try this!
    I have to say I wasn’t very interested (except my theme breakfast!) but I got downstairs just in time to see her get out of the car in her dress. It was gorgeous!

  34. Reka says

    Me! Me! Me! I’m a princess too! And now I’ll even have a cute little royal cupcake to prove it 😉
    I love strawberries, and love cupcakes! So, great combo I say!!! 🙂

  35. kaila @ healthy helper! says

    Aww you’ll find a Prince Charming girl!!!! Just you wait! Those cupcakes look delicious…..they remind me of strawberry shortcake but in cupcake form of course!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Me too! I wanted to make a true strawberry shortcake recipe, which is why I didn’t call them “strawberry shortcake for one” in the first place… but with all the other recipes I want to post about, I might just scrap my shortcake plans and simply go with this one!

  36. shannonmarie says

    I watched the royal wedding. It brought back memories of watching Charles and Di get married when I was a child. Oops, now I’m showing my age.

    Anyway, love the cupcake. It looks scrumptious (my all-time favorite word).

  37. Lisa says

    sadly, i havent followed the wedding 🙁 and while its amazing to have all that publicity and gorgeous gowns and fans,
    honestly Id be so happy just to marry a man who loves me and who I love. thats all I need to be happy 🙂

  38. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    What an adorable little cupcake!!!! I still haven’t tried your single-lady cupcakes yet – I REALLY need to fix that 😉

    Even though you not have a prince charming, you sure are beautiful enough to be a princess! 😀 I didn’t see the wedding either, but like you, I really want to see pictures of Kate’s dress and cake 🙂

    And I made your oatmeal pudding!!!! Ahhhh what would I do without you??? I know, my taste buds would be very unhappy 😉 Thank you for amazing recipes and your amazing personality!! 😀

    <3 <3

  39. Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) says

    As much obsessed as I am with ALL THINGS England, I have not kept up with the wedding either!
    It’s weird, because it’s TOTALLY something I would be into, but I’ve been so busy with other things! I do hope to read/watch some recaps of the wedding when I get the chance though!
    I always think strawberries + cream are a perfect “royal” treat!

  40. Kellie says

    i know this is a tall order for a vegan recipe, since marshmallows have gelatin, and graham crackers have honey, but do you have any ideas for s’mores-flavored desserts? i love s’mores so much!

  41. Dalai Lina says

    I did and was fascinated….can you imagine how crazy her life will be for the rest of her life? Oh, she married a prince but she gave up a lot!

  42. Mihika says

    Prince William isn’t nice, Katie! He hunts! And so does Kate 🙁 Foxes and stags and just about everything that moves.
    Why oh why oh why? Shame on them.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Ugh, I guess that figures, since it’s a traditional “sport.” I am with you… I just don’t understand how you can call shooting at an innocent, unarmed animal “sport.” I mean, if you took a shot (or punch) at an unarmed man, it’d be considered “UNsportsmanlike”! Now give the foxes a gun, teach them to defend themselves, and then you’d have a fair fight (not that it’d make me hate hunting any less)!

  43. Heather @ kissmybroccoli says

    I didn’t really care much about the royal wedding, but I did see a recap on Fox News yesterday while at the gym. Seeing all those CRAZY hats was just the distraction I needed from my 45 minutes on the elliptical! Haha!

  44. sheila @ Elements says

    Yum!!!! I love cake recipes for one or two, and this is one you can bet I’ll make!! Looks scrumptious!! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  45. liz says

    Can I sub raw honey for the sweetener in this/and also the deep dish cookie??? Do you think it would make it too runny? also what about using coconut flour??? any luck with that?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I’ve not tried it, so you’ll have to experiment… if you use liquid sweetener in this recipe, just add a little less other liquid :). I wouldn’t use coconut flour, though. It has a crumbly texture and doesn’t hold up well when used alone in baked goods. It’s best mixed with other flours. Unless you WANT a super-crumbly muffin… that’s not always a bad thing!

  46. Michaela says

    My mother was slightly obsessed with following the wedding (good grief). But i must admit, when the coverage was on all day, I COULDN’T LOOK AWAY. I was completely addicted =). Also, the hats were completely fantabulous!!!
    But i was wondering if you could sub peanut or almond butter for the coconut oil, or would that make the batter too dense? Or maybe that could be alleviated by mixing it with a little milk or water?? Hmmmm…. but either way this looks fantastic and i cant wait to try it!!!! Thanks for the recipe

  47. Vogelstar says

    I went strawberry picking with my mom today and whatever didn’t make it into my mouth will go into this recipe

  48. Manda says

    This tasted great! I found that just half the amount of stevia was fine but then again, I might be like you and not be fully attuned to our sweet tastebuds. I tried it with whole wheat flour and found that it still tasted alright as long as you don’t mind a denser muffin which is actually the kind I like!

  49. Milica says

    Tried theese now. I used ww flour, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp milk, ½tsp honey and 3 small strawberries. I put it in mini muffin forms, so I got like 3 mini muffins. I only had them in the oven in 7 minutes. They were kind of gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside. DELICIOUS! Thanks for this recipe 🙂

  50. Sarah says

    Just tried the microwave version with 1t strawberry jam instead of fresh strawberries, some orange zest and a tiny bit of sweetener. Delicious! 🙂

  51. Kplan says

    I may have put just a tad too much strawberry — one large strawberry, one smaller one — as I got a lot of mushed strawberry in one of the two I made. That aside, I liked these even more than the banana muffuns! (BTW: I used one tbs wheat flour and 2 tbs all-purpose)

  52. Doree says

    I made this recipe for Valentine’s Day, and it came out perfect! They were absolutely delicious. I used applesauce and soymilk… they were unbelievably good. Thanks for making healthy stuff taste “sinful.”

  53. Anonymous says

    Hey Katie! Over the past couple months I’ve made around 10 of your recipes, some more than once already! I absolutely love your ideas, and I think it’s awesome how they have been trending on other blogs as well. I’ve become a little obsessed 🙂

    But I was wondering if you had any recipe measurements for a regular sized batch of your single lady muffins? As a college student these could be a good thing to freeze and thaw for a quick breakfast or snack

    Thanks!

  54. Hannah says

    DELICIOUS! You have succeeded once again. I’ve only been a vegan for about 4 months now, but your recipes have saved my sweet tooth for sure! I trippled this recipe and managed to get 4 decent sized muffins which I shared with my friends. They LOVED them!

  55. mary w says

    so, let’s say i want to make this as a standard size batch of cupcakes…can you convert the recipe for me?

  56. Lisa says

    OMG…This HAS to be the best healthy cupcake EVER!! Thank you for sharing!! ((btw, I used white flour, coconut oil and I topped it with more strawberries and SF Whipped Cream!! YUM!!!

  57. Krysti says

    What are the measurement conversions for a full batch of cupcakes like this? (enough to fill a 6 muffin pan)

  58. Kristin says

    I wanted to make this using the microwave, how long should i cook it for in there? I’m so excited to try this recipe, your desserts are the best!!!

  59. Whitni Vasquez says

    Do you have the measurements to make a dozen of these? Math is not my forte, and I would really mess up your pretty recipe!

  60. Sandy says

    Just delicious Katie! Thanks so much. I used the microwave and it took approximately 45 seconds for perfection! Your “Single Serve Recipes” are a god-send. Im not a single lady, Im married with a bub and one on the way, and for the past week have been making your “one minute chocolate single serve cake”, every night for dessert (hubby doesn’t do desserts). I guess next weeks desserts are sorted now! Thanks for sharing your passion and talent with us!

  61. CHRISTINA says

    I saw this recipes and sounds good – I need to make like 40 of these ?? How do I measure everything out ? please advice

  62. Maria says

    I just made your strawberry shortcake for one to see if that should be the treat I make for everyone on Valentine’s day and I loved it! I can’t wait to share a tasty and non-guilty sweet treat for those extra special and deserving people who surround me. This is a great treat for anyone and on any occasion!

    Thank you very much for your expertise on making a just right mini-explosion bite of goodness!

  63. Courtney says

    So I’m terrible with measurements and I’ve made this cupcake before an loved it but I want to make about 12 for a school group so what would the recipe measurements look like for that?

  64. Bronwyn says

    Hi Katie,

    I have only just come across your website; I made two of these last night for my boyfriend and I for dessert – and they were incredible!!!! He couldn’t believe how good they were either. I didn’t have any cream for them which was fine, I just put icing sugar over the top. So amazing! The photo is on my instagram page if you want to see, bronwyn_plantfit . Thanks for these amazing recipes! Love from Sydney, Aus

  65. Debi says

    I love your mug cakes and single serve recipes. Any chance of ever doing a cookbook just for single servings?

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