Make chocolate covered strawberries even better by using them to top delicious chocolate cupcakes! These chocolate strawberry cupcakes are great to make for your sweetie and they taste especially delightful when paired with your favorite sweet sparkling rosé! These cupcakes are a chocolate lover's dream come true and a tasty way to cap off your Valentine’s Day dinner!
AMOUNT: About 24 cupcakes
INGREDIENTS | CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sour cream
INGREDIENTS | FROSTING INGREDIENTS
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
INGREDIENTS | DECORATING INGREDIENTS
6 oz. Dark Cocoa Candy Melts
24 fresh strawberries (for dipping)
White nonpareil sprinkles
Gold Sugar Pearl Sprinkles, 4.8 oz.
Valentine's Day cupcake liners
2 cupcake pans
PREPARATION | CUPCAKE
Preheat the oven 350°F. Prepare muffin pans with baking cups.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream, mixing until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared pans, filling each cavity about 1/2 full.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in their pans for 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling grid and cool completely.
PREPARATION | FROSTING
For frosting, puree the sliced strawberries in a food processor. Strain puree, discarding seeds (1/2 cup puree should remain). Discard solids.
In a large bowl, beat the shortening and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on a medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, frosting will appear dry.
Slowly add the strawberry puree. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
PREPARATION | CHOCOLATE -DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
For garnish, melt Candy Melts according to package directions.
Dip 24 strawberries and place on parchment paper. Drizzle dipped strawberries with the remaining melted candy and chill until the candy sets.
Top cupcakes with dipped strawberries immediately before serving.
Strawberry decorations: Drizzle different colors of Candy Melts onto your strawberries for a fun contrast in colors. You can also cover your strawberries in sprinkles or crushed nuts by sprinkling your chosen decoration immediately after dipping each strawberry.
All ingredients are available at CBS Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.