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Brownie Cupcakes with Strawberry Santa Hats

This month’s SABH is of course Christmas themed – Sweets for Santa! One of my favourite combinations is strawberry and chocolate (as seen here), and I loved the idea of individual brownie cupcakes decorated with strawberries, cream and white chocolate for the perfect Santa treat.

Brownie Cupcakes with Strawberry Santa Hats

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Swah



  • 190 g soft butter
  • 190 g dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 75 g chopped hazelnuts or nut of your choice
  • 75 g white chocolate chips


  • 12 Strawberries
  • 50 g white chocolate
  • 200 ml pouring cream


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a large saucepan or in short bursts in the microwave.
  • In a bowl beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla.
  • Sift the flour into another bowl and add the salt.
  • Let the chocolate mixture cool a bit before beating in the egg and sugar mixture, and then the nuts, white choc chips and flour.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full with mixture and bake for around 20 minutes.
  • When it’s ready the top should be dried to a pale brown but the middle still dark and slightly gooey.


  • Cut the base off each strawberry so they can sit upright.
  • Melt the white chocolate and spoon into a plastic zip lock bag. Snip a small corner off one end of the bag and carefully pipe a dot on the tip of each strawberry. Allow to cool and harden.
  • Pipe a dot about the size of a 10cm coin in the middle of each brownie and press a strawberry down on each cupcake. This acts like a tasty glue!
  • Beat the cream with electric beaters until firm peaks form. Spoon into a piping bag with a star nozzle attached and pipe little stars around the base of each strawberry.

Tada! Little Santa hats!

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  • Reply Jennifer Wickes December 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Delicious and simple. I love your creativity.

    • Reply Swah December 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! :)

  • Reply vegeTARAian December 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Oh my, how gorgeous! What an impressive display for the xmas table. I bet they taste amazing too

    • Reply Swah December 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      They tasted pretty damn good, I think I will have to bake them again for Christmas Day lunch!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking Crusade December 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    These are sooo cute Swah and sound absolutely delicious! So perfect for Christmas day nibblies or dessert!

    • Reply Swah December 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Christine! Will definitely have to bake again :D

  • Reply Erin @ she cooks, she gardens December 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    So cute!

    • Reply Swah December 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Cheers Erin :)

  • Reply Nic December 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    So cute! And great photos too!

    • Reply Swah December 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Nic! Managed to snap them before my lens died. It’s in camera hospital now, sniff :(

  • Reply Christina @ The Hungry Australian December 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Oh oh oh!!! They are so cute! I”m so making these festive cupcakes for my kids. Thanks for joining the hop, Swah.

    • Reply Swah December 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I think your kids would love them Christina!

  • Reply Li @ Words and Cake December 18, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I love the simplicity of these! Pity I’m not in Sydney for Christmas (where I am strawberry season is long over), otherwise I’d definitely try these!

    • Reply Swah December 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Li – a shame you are missing out on strawberry season, always my favourite! Have a great Christmas :)

  • Reply BakingMyselfHappy December 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    What a cute idea! Very creative and anything with chocolate and strawberries is definitely a winner.

    • Reply Swah December 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Thank you! And absolutely, if I need a really quick treat I just dunk strawberries in melted dark chocolate. Heaven :)

  • Reply JJ @ 84thand3rd December 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    heehee too cute and perfect for Christmas here since berries are actually in season!

    • Reply Swah December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Yes berries in Australian Christmas desserts are perfect for this time of year. Yum! :)

  • Reply K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo December 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Those strawberry hats are just lovely. I’m bookmarking this to try. Merry Xmas!

    • Reply Swah December 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I think I may have to recreate these for Christmas Day lunch :)

  • Reply Monica (@gastromony) December 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    That is so cute! :)) The cupcakes look delcious too. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Swah December 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Monica and Merry Christmas to you too!

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