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Strawberry Cream Cupcakes

This is a basic chocolate cupcake recipe with a strawberry cream centre to replicate a classic Strawberry Cream Chocolate.

Ingredients: for 12 chocolate cupcakes
150g soft butter or margarine
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
150g self raising flour
1 tablespoon good quality cocoa powder

For the strawberry coulis:
175g strawberries, washed and chopped
20g caster sugar

For the strawberry fondant icing:
250g fondant icing sugar
Strawberry coulis
Strawberry jam
12 fresh whole strawberries
200g dark chocolate – 55% cocoa solids or higher

  1.  Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, flour and cocoa and mix well.
  4. Split the mixture between 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Leave to cool.
  5. To make up the coulis: place the chopped strawberries and caster sugar in a small saucepan and set it over a low heat for 5-10 minutes until the fruit collapses and the juices run.  Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes.  Press the strawberries and juice through a sieve to create a thick juice, add a little water to the pan to rinse round the rest of the lovely juices and add to the thick juice.
  6. To make the strawberry fondant icing: mix the fondant icing sugar with a tablespoon of strawberry coulis, add more coulis to make a thick icing, if needed you can add a little water.
  7.  Once the cupcakes are cool use a teaspoon to scoop out the centre of the cake in a circle, drizzle with left over coulis, place a teaspoon of strawberry jam followed by a teaspoon of strawberry fondant, replace the cake lid.
  8.  Wash the whole strawberries leaving the stalk intact and place on a clean tea towel to dry. Break up the chocolate and melt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water then lay out a sheet of baking parchment and dunk the bottom of each strawberry into the chocolate, lay on the parchment and transfer to the fridge for 10 minutes to dry.
  9.  To finish the cupcakes drizzle over more strawberry fondant icing as well as some of the melted chocolate and top with a chocolate dunked strawberry.

This recipe first appeared in Cupcake Kids in 2012