Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are packed full of rich chocolate, tangy strawberries, and creamy vanilla coconut buttercreamYou never need a reason for a cupcake, but, a birthday is a perfectly good one if you’re really looking for an excuse. We celebrated my mom’s birthday recently with a wonderful dinner at a new to me Indian restaurant, Indigma, which I highly recommend if you’re in or around the Baltimore area. They have a vegan and gluten free menu in addition to an extensive offering of traditional and modern Indian dishes.

Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are packed full of rich chocolate, tangy strawberries, and creamy vanilla coconut buttercreamDessert was, of course, cupcakes. More specifically, chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes. They are packed full of chocolate flavor with both cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Strawberry jam in mixed right into the batter, giving fruity flavor to every bite. The simple vanilla-spiked coconut oil buttercream rounds out these cupcakes, perfectly balancing the rich chocolate and tangy strawberry. Top with cacao nibs for a bit of crunch, or fresh strawberries for a lovely pop of color. Better yet, use both!

Strawberry jam, in addition to lending wonderful flavor and texture, takes place of a big portion of the oil that’s generally found in cupcake batter. Coconut oil makes for a beautiful looking, and even better tasting frosting. It is just as rich and creamy as a traditional buttercream. I promise nobody will miss the butter – in fact, they might be happier without it!

Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are packed full of rich chocolate, tangy strawberries, and creamy vanilla coconut buttercreamChocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

Cupcakes

1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/4 cup strawberry jam*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips
12 teaspoons strawberry jam, divided*

Cacao nibs (optional)
Fresh Strawberries (optional)

Coconut Buttercream

1 cup coconut oil at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond milk, plus more if needed

For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or line with paper muffin liners and standard 12-cup muffin tin.

Combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and set aside. In a medium bowl. combine coconut sugar, sunflower oil, strawberry jam, and vanilla extract. Pour in almond milk mixture and stir until incorporated.

In a large bowl, stir together whole wheat pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour in wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each muffin liner about 3/4 full. Drop a teaspoon of strawberry jam into the center of each muffin liner.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Buttercream

In a medium bowl, beat coconut oil with a hand mixer until it begins to get fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating well between additions. Add vanilla extract and almond milk and beat for another 3-5 minutes, until the buttercream is light and fluffy.

Once completely cooled, spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each cupcake. Garnish with cacao nibs or fresh strawberries, if desired.

Store in an airtight container, unrefrigerated (without strawberries), for up to 5 days.

*Notes:  Any flavor of jam or other fruit puree may be substituted for strawberry jam in an equal amount. Do not use Dutch processed cocoa powder, as the cupcakes will not rise properly.

Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are packed full of rich chocolate, tangy strawberries, and creamy vanilla coconut buttercream

Is cake a must for you on birthdays? I personally am not a cake fan (though frosting is a different story). I much prefer creamy, spoonable desserts like avocado chocolate mousse, or just a really good piece of chocolate. Clearly, chocolate is required. If cake isn’t for you, either, what are your favorite birthday treats?

Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are packed full of rich chocolate, tangy strawberries, and creamy vanilla coconut buttercream

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0 Responses to Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

  1. frugalfeeding 21 February 2013 at 13:18 #

    Gorgeous shot at the bottom! Really, really gorgeous!

  2. jacquie 21 February 2013 at 14:49 #

    so nice to find another cake “disliker” there doesn’t seem to many of us. or at least brave enough to admit it. so no cake is not required for birthday or any other celebration – no way. rather it should be the preference of whoever is celebrating – be it pie, or cookies or brownies or a good drink. my current choice would be a nice crisp topped with some ice cream…..

  3. Sinead 21 February 2013 at 15:28 #

    Such a good idea – these look amazing! Cake is a definite must for me on birthdays :-)

  4. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies 22 February 2013 at 13:39 #

    I love cake, but I actually don’t have it on my birthday. As much as I always wanted it growing up, my birthday was always celebrated on Thanksgiving (and has fallen directly on Thanksgiving a bunch of times) and there were already too many desserts, so birthday cake just didn’t make the cut :(

    These cupcakes look super fantastic! No cake on my bday means more cupcakes all year long, right??

  5. Herbivore Triathlete 22 February 2013 at 18:59 #

    I too am not a fan of cake! Give me pie any day of the week and I am a happy girl. I do like cupcakes though and this looks like a really fantastic recipe.

  6. lilivee 23 February 2013 at 05:00 #

    Wow! That surely looks AMAZING :) I am actually a fan of cake as long as it’s moist. Or Fudgy, or spongy, but I absolutely detest dry and sandy cakes or muffins or whatever. But I also adore soft and spoonable desserts like mousse and pudding. And chocolate of course.
    Ok to be honest: I can’t think of a dessert that I don’t like! :D
    Best wishes,
    Lara.

  7. Joanne 23 February 2013 at 10:21 #

    I do so love any excuse to infuse cupcakes into my life. These sound great!

  8. Hannah (BitterSweet) 24 February 2013 at 10:12 #

    Simple, fresh, and elegant- Your photos are so inviting, I wish I could just hop into one of those frames and make myself at home. The cupcakes are perfectly delicious subjects, of course!

  9. Allison @ thebakingyear 7 March 2013 at 09:52 #

    absolutely beautiful!!

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