Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
Dutch process cocoa
good quality flour
Decorative paper baking cups
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
whipping cream ~ may need to add more as detailed below
of powdered sugar
can add more to taste up to 4 cups
Preheat oven to 350º. Combine cocoa and boiling water in a large heatproof bowl stirring until completely blended; allow to fully cool before proceeding to next step.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer beat butter until creamy. Gradually add the sugar beating until well blended.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating until fully blended after adding each egg.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and slowly add to butter mixture alternating with the cocoa mixture beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Beat at low speed until just blended (do not over mix). Stir in strawberry extract.
Place paper baking cups in muffin pans and spray with cooking spray. Fill baking cups 2/3 full.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from muffin pan and allow to completely cool on the wire racks.
Beat butter, cocoa, whipping cream and salt at medium speed until creamy.
Gradually add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. You may need to add a little more whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time if the frosting is too stiff.
Use a piping bag with a decorative tip to frost the cupcakes.
Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies and add fresh strawberries if desired.