Strawberries & Chocolate Cupcakes

I’d been doing some volunteer work and on my last day, I decided to make cupcakes for everyone. It was like, a mini-lunch-party thing.

And since I had both strawberry cake mix and chocolate cake mix, I figured it would be a nice combination instead of just plain-chocolate and plain-strawberry.

Since it’s from a cake mix, these are extremely easy to make!

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Also, ziploc bags are a genius invention. I’m sure lots of you already know this cool trick but I really, really, really like it because well . . . it slashes the AJ kitchen mess in half. (Yay me!) It also keeps my cupcake pans looking cleaner when they get out of the oven. (no spilling cake mix on the sides! Yay again!)

All I do is fill my cake mix into a ziploc bag. One for strawberry, one for chocolate. Snip off a small piece at one of the ends of the bag. And fill up the cupcake cups! Sooo easy.

Normally, when I’m just making one flavor of cupcakes, I don’t bother to do this but when it’s two or three flavors together, it makes everything simpler.

For the icing, I used a basic vanilla buttercream:

  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tbsp milk (sometimes I use heavy cream too)
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar (I just add and mix until it reaches the consistency I want)

I didn’t add color to it this time (I liked the way it looked without color, and it looked pretty on the cupcakes). To do the icing, I used the extremely popular Wilton 1M. It’s a very cute swirl!

For the toppings, I just used some red and green sugar sprinkles, and chocolate sprinkles.

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And . . . all done!

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Peppermint Party Chocolate Cupcakes

I would just like to say one thing: the person who came up with the whole mint-and-chocolate combination was a genius!

It’s always great to mix different flavors and see how it works out, and my absolute favorite flavor combination is Peppermint & Chocolate.

It is magically delicious, and what better way to experience it than in a cupcake?

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For this cupcake, I followed recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Café and Sally’s Baking Addiction.

The cake:

Now, I’ve always been a bit scared of made-from-scratch chocolate cake. There are some that you bite into excitedly, only to find that it is severely lacking in that rich, chocolately flavor.

And then there’s the chocolate cake that my Aunty Dawn makes from scratch. A parade of yummy, chocolate-ness in your mouth that makes you want to eat the entire cake! (I’m yet to ask her how she made it!)

So I took the safe road and made a chocolate cake from a box. I’d found recipes on Mel’s Kitchen Café and Sally’s Baking Addiction.

But my Aunty Dawn has been baking cakes for me for as long as I can remember. And I thought I’d like to try it her way the first time I decide to make a chocolate cake from scratch.

Making it from a box is also really easy if you’re not too comfy with making cakes from scratch, and it’s also faster and a lot less work. (A lot less things to wash too!)

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The Filling:

I followed this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Café to make a chocolate filling to add into my cupcakes.

(Again, I was missing chocolate chips… but plain Hershey’s kisses worked as a fine substitute).

Let me tell you, it tastes amazing! I could’ve eaten the entire bowl of filling just like that!

 

The Frosting:

I didn’t follow the mint buttercream recipe on Mel’s Kitchen Café. I didn’t have cream cheese in my refrigerator, and I also didn’t feel like using it anyway. So I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Except, I didn’t put in chocolate chips. I thought that was really cute, but I wanted something fancier-looking. So I made the plain frosting, and then frosted the cupcakes. (I also couldn’t find the frosting tip I wanted, so I had to use another, sadly).

I didn’t use the Andes mint either. I just stuck in a piece of chocolate (don’t remember what kind). Then I added a drizzle of the chocolate filling (following from the recipe on Mel’s Kitchen Café.

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These were probably the most loved cupcakes I’d ever made. Everyone loved them, and I did too! Well, I loved how they tasted! I really think they could’ve looked better, so I’ll have to try them again some time. The flavor is fabulous, and so, so yummy!

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