Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Beautiful and Delicious.

If you are a fan of chocolate covered strawberries then you are going to love these cupcakes.  The cupcakes are rich, moist, and delicious and the frosting tastes like a strawberry milkshake.  You really can't go wrong.  I decided to top half my cupcakes with strawberries that I dipped in melted dark chocolate.  Of course this is completely optional, but I thought it added a nice touch.   

In other news, I am still pregnant.  Less than two weeks until my due date and I am hoping this little guy decides to make his appearance before then.  

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from

Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Strawberry Buttercream
recipe from Baked Perfection

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup strawberry jam
pinch of salt
6 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Mix in strawberry jam and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.