This Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe is a twist on one of my favorite treats, chocolate covered strawberries. A moist, strawberry flavored cupcake smothered in the creamiest chocolate buttercream.
I am a major planner. For example, Trevor and I booked our trip to Mexico nine months in advance. The count down for that trip began at t-minus six months and the menu for each restaurant at the resort had been memorized weeks before we actually got there. 😉 Ok. Maybe not memorized, but . . . you get the idea.
I like to plan.
That’s why, today, I’m prepping (myself and you) for Valentine’s Day with these Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes.
If you’re thinking it’s a tad too early to start thinking of Valentine’s Day, have no fear, because it’s never too early to start thinking about cupcakes, my friend.
Especially these cupcakes. These are moist, fluffy, strawberry cupcakes with the creamiest, fluffiest, chocolate buttercream frosting.
Like I said, it’s never too early to start thinking about cupcakes. Amiright?
I know I’m right.
Let’s break these cupcakes down, shall we?
It starts with a strawberry cupcake base.
It has all your standard cupcake ingredients: sugar, butter, eggs, flour, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
But to that, I add a package of strawberry flavored Jello (whaaat?), whole milk, whipped egg whites, cornstarch, and strawberry puree.
Let me explain.
The first time I recipe tested this chocolate strawberry cupcakes recipe, I just used strawberry puree…while they were delicious, they weren’t quite as strawberry-y as I would have liked them to be. Plus, they turned the cupcake a horribly ugly grey color.
The fix? A package of strawberry flavored Jello! It adds a great strawberry flavor and amazing pink color to the cupcakes.
I also use whole milk in this recipe. I highly recommend you use whole milk. I know it’s kind of a pain, because you might not keep it on hand (I know I don’t!), but it really makes for a super moist cupcake.
Next, I use whipped egg whites and cornstarch. This combo makes for a really fluffy cupcake.
Lastly, I use strawberry puree…because what’s a chocolate strawberry cupcake without real strawberries?
This strawberry cupcake is tender, moist, fluffy, perfectly strawberry-y, and the best pink color I’ve ever seen. Seriously. It’s kind of awesome.
Now for the frosting: a chocolate buttercream frosting.
Ridiculously easy, ridiculously thick, ridiculously fluffy, ridiculously…
Ok I’ll stop. You get it. 😉
All you need to do is beat butter until it’s fluffy, then beat in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, vanilla, and whole milk.
Try not to eat it all straight out of the bowl. It’s tempting, but trust me…the strawberry cupcakes go from amazing –> ridiculous with the addition of the buttercream.
You guys. I’m telling you, whether you make these for Valentine’s Day or any other day, you will not be disappointed.
A fun play on chocolate covered strawberries, these chocolate strawberry cupcakes will surely impress!
PS – These go really well with champagne. Just saying. 😉
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