Are you a fan of strawberry desserts but find it difficult to make them at home? Well, fear not! I have an easy recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends and family. However, if you’re like me, you might find the instructions that come with the recipe to be a bit unclear. So, let me break it down for you in more detail.
The main ingredient for these cupcakes is a box of white cake mix, along with all the ingredients listed on the box. While some people might prefer to make their cakes from scratch, using a mix can save time and effort without sacrificing taste.
Easy Strawberry Cupcakes
What sets these cupcakes apart is the addition of freeze-dried strawberries. These can be found in most grocery stores and are made by removing the moisture from fresh strawberries, leaving behind a concentrated powder. When added to the cake mix, they infuse the cupcakes with a sweet, tangy, and slightly tart flavor that perfectly complements the vanilla cake.
Next up, we have the frosting. While you can use any frosting you like, I highly recommend white cloud icing. This frosting is light, fluffy, and not too sweet, making it the perfect partner for the strawberry flavor. You can pipe it onto the cupcakes with a pastry bag or simply spread it on with a knife – it’s up to you.
Finally, we have the pièce de résistance: chocolate melting wafers. These are small discs of chocolate that can be melted down and drizzled over the cupcakes for a decadent finish. You can find them in most baking aisles or online. I prefer to use dark chocolate wafers for a slightly bitter contrast to the sweetness of the cupcakes, but you can use milk chocolate or even white chocolate if that’s your preference.
- White cake mix
- Freeze dried strawberries
- Vanilla frosting – I used white cloud icing
- Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers
- First things first, preheat your oven to the temperature listed on the cake mix box. Then, grab your muffin tin and line it with some cute cupcake liners. You can find these at your local grocery store or online.
- It’s time to add some strawberry goodness to your cupcakes. Grab your food processor and pulse the freeze-dried strawberries until they’re as fine as you can get them. This is going to give your cupcakes a delicious strawberry flavor without adding any extra moisture that could ruin the texture of the cake.
- Now it’s time to get the cake mix ready. Follow the instructions on the box, adding in water, oil, and eggs as necessary. Each brand might have slightly different instructions, so make sure you read carefully.
- Once your cake mix is ready, it’s time to add the strawberry powder. Mix it in thoroughly and watch as the batter turns a lovely shade of pink. You’ll know you’ve added enough strawberry powder when you can smell the sweet aroma wafting from the bowl.
- Finally, it’s time to bake those cupcakes! Pour the batter into your prepared cupcake liners, filling them about ⅔ full. Pop them in the oven and bake according to the package directions, typically around 15-20 minutes. Once they’re done, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely before frosting them with your favorite frosting. I recommend white cloud icing to really bring out the strawberry flavor. Then, melt some chocolate melting wafers and drizzle them over the top of each cupcake for an extra bit of decadence.
Frequently Asked Questions
While you could certainly use fresh strawberries, they’ll add extra moisture to the batter that could affect the texture of the cupcakes. Freeze-dried strawberries are a better choice because they give you all the flavor without the added moisture.
Absolutely! You can use any frosting you like, whether it’s store-bought or homemade. Just keep in mind that some frostings might overpower the strawberry flavor, so you may want to stick with something simple and light.
The package directions should give you a good idea of how long to bake the cupcakes, but it’s always a good idea to check them with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. If there’s batter stuck to the toothpick, they need more time in the oven.
If you have any leftover cupcakes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. They should still be tasty, but the texture might not be as good as when they were freshly baked.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
- 15 ounce white cake mix
- 1 ounce freeze dried strawberries
- ½ cup oil
- 1 cup water
- 3 eggs
- 16 ounce Frosting I used white cloud icing
- 10 ounces Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Preheat your oven according to the directions on the cake mix box. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
- In a food processor, pulse the freeze-dried strawberries until they are a fine powder.
- In a mixing bowl, prepare the cake mix according to the package directions.
- Add the powdered strawberries to the batter and mix well.
- Pour the batter into the lined muffin tin, filling each cup about ⅔ full.
- Bake the cupcakes according to the package directions or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
- Once the cupcakes are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
- While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare your frosting. You can use your favorite frosting recipe or store-bought frosting. I used white cloud icing.
- Once the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe a generous amount of frosting onto each cupcake using a piping bag or a ziplock bag with a corner snipped off.
- Melt the chocolate melting wafers according to the package instructions.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over the frosting on each cupcake.
- Let the chocolate set before serving the cupcakes. You can speed up the process by placing the cupcakes in the fridge for a few minutes.
And there you have it! Easy, delicious, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes that are sure to impress. Just remember to read the instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings and decorations. Happy baking!