Feel the love in the air with these chocolate cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting~
Valentines Day is here, and I had a blast! I got some Valentines gifts, school was relaxed (for me) for a day, and also, I baked some treats for my friends! Strawberry and chocolate is a combo that is so obviously romantic, so I wanted to make a chocolate cupcake with fresh strawberry frosting. I tried out Robyn’s (from Add a Pinch) chocolate cupcakes, and topped it with Tattooed Martha’s strawberry frosting.
The chocolate cupcake… Honestly reminded me why I have been avoiding eating or making chocolate cupcakes for the longest time. It was rather dense, which I find most chocolate cupcakes to be, so for that to be eaten with frosting, I felt too full for my liking. I am not implying that this recipe isn’t great, just that chocolate cupcakes aren’t particularly my cup of tea. I tend to prefer lighter and airier cupcakes. I do have a chocolate cupcake recipe that is lighter with a twist, which I will try to share someday.
This recipe is easy. Whisk together the dry ingredients in the bowl of your stand-mixer. Embarrassingly, I forgot about the cocoa powder! It was only until the end where I was supposed to add the water, did I think “Wait a minute, isn’t this supposed to be a chocolate cupcake recipe?” Haha! I blame my addiction to baking vanilla treats.
I doubled the chocolate cupcake recipe here.
Then add milk, eggs, vanilla and oil. I suggest folding the batter slightly so that the dry ingredients don’t fly up to your face!
I would probably try this recipe again, since I feel as though I am lacking chocolate cupcake recipes. What bothers me though is that it was quite dense for a cupcake that uses oil as opposed to butter. So I will probably try to change some of the methodology, and experiment to see what I can do to fix this, perhaps for example, beat the wet ingredients first, then add the dry ingredients to prevent overbeating the batter. The ending does need to mix on high speed for a minute though, so perhaps I will experiment with this area too. Flavour-wise, I could not taste much as much cocoa in the baked cupcake, so I might add one-two more tablespoons of cocoa powder. Baking truly is a chemistry experiment.
Now for the strawberry frosting. It is quite funny that I was given strawberries as a Valentines day gift the day after I bought a packet to make the strawberries.
Beat the butter until light and fluffy, then add 1 cup icing sugar. Then add half of the strawberry puree. One more cup of icing sugar, then the rest of the strawberry puree. The recipe called for 3 1/2 cups, but honestly, 2 cups is enough.
So I tried to pipe roses on the cupcakes, and as you can see from the photo… I need more piping practice…
Thankfully my friends appeared to love these cupcakes more than I did. Maybe because they were being nice. Or I am being a critic. Probably both.
It is already over here in Singapore, but… Happy Valentines Day!