(Enough for 18 cupcakes)
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, divided
Place strawberries in a blender; puree until smooth. Transfer strawberry puree to a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring often, until puree is reduced by at least half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Beat butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat 1 cup confectioners' sugar into butter until just blended. Beat 2 tablespoons strawberry puree and vanilla extract into butter mixture until just blended. Repeat with 1 cup confectioners' sugar, followed by 2 tablespoons strawberry puree two more times. Beat last 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into mixture until just blended.
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