Eton’s Mess Cupcakes - Yellow Cake with Cream, Meringue, and Strawberries

CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup milk

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add vanilla and eggs. Add milk and flour mixture alternately while still mixing. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

TOPPING
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt

whipped cream
chopped strawberries

Beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks.  Gradually add sugar and vanilla and beat until mixture is stiff and glossy.  Using knife or pastry bag, make meringue shapes on parchment or aluminum foil.  Bake at 225 until shapes are crisp and firm.  Frost cupcakes with whipped cream, and pile with strawberries and meringue