Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

These Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting are such a special treat. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just a good day to show some love, everyone is flattered by surprises – chocolate cupcakes with a strawberry heart surprise are a wonderful way to go!

As we all know, chocolate dipped strawberries are a classic treat for Valentine’s Day, but this year I’m changing it up. How about rich chocolate buttermilk and coffee cupcakes topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting and a sweet surprise?

Aren’t these cupcakes absolutely adorable? Are you wondering how the heck I baked a strawberry in the batter?

This is such a fun little magic trick. They look like average chocolate cupcakes, but once you cut them in half there is a strawberry inside the cupcake, and it’s shaped like a heart!

How did I make them, you ask? Watch this video to get the gist and read the recipe below, but basically all you do is stuff each cupcake after baked with a hulled strawberry, then hide it with cupcake crumbs and frosting. When you slice the cupcakes in half, the strawberries look like hearts..taadaa!

With beautiful and juicy strawberries displayed at markets this time of year, they’re all I really want to eat right now. The leafy tops are a convenient handle for eating, but for this recipe they just get in the way. Sure, you could chop the tops off, but you lose what’s often the sweetest part of the berry and the heart shape, so take the extra time and hull the strawberries.

It goes without saying that these would be such a sweet treat to bake up for loved ones on Valentine’s Day, and they will no doubt be a huge hit when I share these babies at my sons Valentine’s Day classroom party.

Moist and tender chocolate buttermilk and coffee cupcakes with homemade strawberry cream cheese frosting make Valentine’s Day extra sweet with California Strawberries.

4.8 from 13 reviews
Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 14-16 cupcakes
 
Moist and tender chocolate buttermilk and coffee cupcakes with homemade strawberry cream cheese frosting make Valentine's Day extra sweet with California Strawberries.
Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup fresh brewed coffee
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 14 - 16 strawberries, hulled
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (optional for a thicker and creamier frosting)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. In a bowl combine the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Using a paring knife, core out a well down into each cupcake, for your hulled strawberry to fit into. Stick the strawberry pointy side down into your cupcakes. Take the piece of the cupcake that you cut out, and place it on top of the strawberry, after you push it down into the cupcake.
  4. Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
  5. Beat cream cheese and butter, if using with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, until smooth. Add strawberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice and beat until well combined. Spread frosting on cupcakes with a spatula or use a piping bag.

 

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Quick & Easy Strawberry Toasts

After School Strawberry Toasts

Great for back-to-school time or summer rush, these six fresh strawberry toast recipes make perfect afternoon delights. These will surely please even your pickiest eater. Not only are these toasts great for little ones, but they’re pretty darn awesome for grown-ups too.

Strawberries are naturally sweet but low in sugar, which is a win-win for everyone. Strawberries are easy to prepare, available year-round, and deliver exceptional nutrition and health benefits.

The best part is that if you can work a toaster you can make these satisfying snacks for back-to-school or better yet, let your children make them themselves.

Watch this fun video to see all the creative ways you can improve your toast game.

Avocado + Strawberries + Queso Fresco + Olive Oil

This combo is my favorite – I can seriously eat avocado and strawberries with every meal. This toast is topped with slices of creamy avocados, sweet strawberries, salty crumbled queso fresco, and drizzled with olive oil.

Strawberry Toasts Recipe

 

Berries + Basil/Mint + Cream Cheese

Cream cheese, strawberry slices, and blackberries topped with basil or mint leaves is a lovely combo.

Strawberry Toast

 

Strawberries + Goat Cheese + Pomegranate + Balsamic

This one is my daughter’s favorite. She loves exotic flavors and the way the tangy, slightly salty goat cheese works with the balsamic-coated strawberries and pomegranate seeds on the crunchy, toasted bread is a thing of beauty.

Pomegranate Toast Recipe

Cottage Cheese + Strawberries + Walnuts + Honey

If you are not a fan of cottage cheese substitute with ricotta cheese. It’s a simple and satisfying combo and deliciously sweet with a drizzle of honey.

 

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Mango + Strawberries + Mozzarella + Tajin

I can’t have mango without a sprinkle of Tajin. This is my strawberry toast of choice when I’m feeling homesick.

 

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Strawberries + Almond Butter + Sesame Seeds

This one is my son’s favorite — a protein packed afterschool snack perfect before he heads to football practice. The almond butter will fill you up and keep you satisfied, loaded with vitamin C packed strawberry slices, and the sesame seeds are high in calcium.

 

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Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Buñuelo Berry Muffin Cups

Buñuelo Berry Cups Recipe

These festive and colorful Buñuelo Berry Muffin Cups are the perfect dessert recipe for  entertaining friends and family!

I love individually-portioned desserts and I wanted to highlight strawberries as well as blueberries and blackberries to make a festive Mother’s Day, Fourth of July or Christmas dessert – the possibilities are endless!

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California strawberries are produced year round and sweet any time of year, but peak season signals an abundance of strawberries just waiting to be added to your favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts. Did you know that one serving of eight medium strawberries is only 45 calories? Strawberries are easy to prepare, available year-round, and deliver exceptional nutrition and health benefits.

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These sweet dessert cups are made with flour tortillas that are cut with a 4-inch cookie cutter. I brushed them with olive oil and dusted each round with a sugar and cinnamon mixture, and placed them in a muffin pan.

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They are baked until slightly crispy, filled with a homemade Chantilly cream, and topped with fresh berries that are combined with sugar and vanilla and baked until bubbly to make a delicious roasted berry filling.

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These simple cups remind me of buñuelos that are traditionally made during Christmas. They are basically Mexican fritters but these are shaped in muffin cups rather than flat tortilla shapes, and baked instead of deep-fried – making the base for this dessert so simple. No dough or crust necessary.

These buñuelo cups would be a simple and great dessert to make with your children this Mother’s Day. See me and my son create them in the video below!

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Buñuelo Berry Muffin Cups
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Mexican fritter muffin cups filled with homemade Chantilly cream and topped with delicious roasted berries.
Ingredients
Buñuelo Cups
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 large flour tortillas
Coating:
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Roasted Berries
  • 1 lb strawberries cut in half lengthwise
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 6 oz blackberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • Vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
Chantilly Cream
  • 1 cup whipping heavy cream
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp fine granulated sugar
Instructions
To make Buñuelo Cups:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut tortillas into 8 4-inch rounds.
  3. Brush rounds with olive oil.
  4. Dust with sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  5. Place rounds in muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Remove buñuelo cups to cool.
To make Roasted Berries:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in a baking dish and toss with sugar and vanilla bean and seeds.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.
To make Chantilly Cream:
  1. Place cream, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer and beat until soft peaks begin to form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
To assemble:
  1. Plate a buñuelo cup, fill with Chantilly cream, add roasted berries over the Chantilly cream, and garnish with a mint leaf and lemon zest.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 313 kcal Fat: 18 g Saturated fat: 8 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 35 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 246 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 34 mg

 


Strawberry Passion Caipirinha

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

I have a love affair with a perfectly muddled mojito and the first time I ever tasted a caipirinha it was love at first sip. Pronounced ky-pee-REE-nya, the name makes me wanna shake my tail feathers at carnaval. This Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha Cocktail is a must try!

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

 

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

A mojito and a caipirinha are very similar. A mojito includes mint leaves and instead of rum the classic Brazilian caipirinha is made with cachaça. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice and is the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

A traditional caipirinha is made with limes without mint, but because I love tropical flavors and mint this caipirinha is made with strawberries, passion fruit, mint leaves, and limes. I also added coconut juice, which is slightly sweet and very refreshing. Topped with club soda this cocktail is fun to make and easy to drink.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

You might want to serve a spoon with this cocktail so you can eat the remaining cachaça soaked fruit. Although strawberries are available year-round, peak season for California strawberries starts in March and ends in late fall, making this drink perfect for a sultry summer fiesta.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

If you haven’t tasted a passion fruit beverage or cocktail, you’re missing out. Passion fruit seeds make a great base in cocktails. They have a sweet and aromatic taste and are delicious paired with strawberries.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

 

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Strawberry and Passion Fruit Caipirinha
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Serves: Makes 2 drinks
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 10 strawberries, sliced
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut juice
  • 1 passion fruit, halved
  • 3 oz cachaça
  • 4 oz club soda, chilled
  • Crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Divide lime wedges, strawberries, mint leaves, and sugar between 2 glasses and muddle.
  2. Add coconut juice and scoop the passion fruit pulp with seeds into the glasses. Add cachaça and top off with club soda, ice, and stir.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 drink Calories: 170 kcal Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 39 g Sugar: 31 g Sodium: 43 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg