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Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes

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I get my baking inspiration from a huge range of sources, from a pin I see on Pinterest, to a dessert I try at a restaurant whilst abroad. This week’s inspiration was from a block of Lindt chocolate my mother gave me when I was feeling sick. “Chocolate is very therapeutic” she said (what a wise woman).

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The richly dark chocolate contrasted well with the sharp and fruity slivers of freeze dried strawberry. It was delicious and a flavour combo I wanted to convert into cupcake form.

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Strawberries are used 3 ways in this recipe, firstly as a fresh strawberry cupcake filling, next as a strawberry buttercream and finally as an eye catching and delicious chocolate-dipped decoration.

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Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 18
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup flavourless vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Fresh Strawberry Filling
  • ½ punnet strawberries, finely chopped (around 1 cup)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar (tailor this depending on how sweet your strawberries are)
Strawberry Buttercream
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 4-6 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
Decoration
  • Strawberries
  • Dark chocolate for dipping
Instructions
Fresh Strawberry Filling
  1. Finely chop strawberries and place in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add in lemon juice, cornstarch and icing sugar and let bubble over the heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool, if it’s still a bit chunky then squash with a potato masher.
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine the milk, vinegar, coffee, oil and vanilla extract in another bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.
  4. With the mixer on low, carefully add in the dry ingredients. Mix until combined (the batter will be very thin).
  5. Fill cupcake liners about ⅔ full with mixture.
  6. Place a teaspoon of fresh strawberry filling into the middle of each cupcake.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Strawberry Buttercream
  1. Place the softened butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  2. Gradually add in 4 cups of sugar, then the milk and strawberry extract (adding gradually prevents the icing from going grainy).
  3. Beat for around 3-5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Gradually add the remaining sugar until it is thick enough to ice the cupcakes (you may not need all the sugar).
  5. Spoon the mixture into an icing bag with a nozzle attached and ice the cupcakes.
Decoration
  1. Wash and try the strawberries.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a bowl in short bursts in the microwave until smooth.
  3. Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate until well covered, letting excess chocolate drip off into the bowl.
  4. Place on a baking paper lined tray to dry.
  5. Repeat the process until all strawberries are done, then adorn each cupcake with a strawberry.

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I ran out of chocolate dipped strawberries, but fortunately these cupcakes also look beautiful as little pink  roses!

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I deliberately reduced the sugar in these cupcakes and increased the liquid ratio (from milk, coffee and oil) and it produced the most darkly rich and moist cupcake I have created to date.

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If I was to create another cupcake inspired by a chocolate bar, what would you suggest?

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