Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

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Its strawberry season which means that at the moment they taste extra sweet and juicy. They are also (not surprisingly) even more delicious dipped in chocolate. It was friend’s birthday last week so as a little post-dinner treat I thought I’d make a batch of white and dark chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate coated strawberries. Simple but the combination of white and dark chocolate strawberries works beautifully.

*Both cake recipes are from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

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Here’s how:

Vanilla Cupcakes (makes 12)

  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Sponge (makes 12) 

  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 vanilla extract

White Chocolate Icing:

  • 50g melted white chocolate
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 25ml whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Dark Chocolate Icing:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 40ml milk

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Chocolate Coated Strawberries:

  • 24 strawberries
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g white chocolate

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 170C (150C fan) and line two cupcake trays with paper cases. To make the vanilla and dark chocolate sponge mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and the sponge bounces back. Leave to cool.

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To make the white chocolate icing, mix together the sifted icing sugar, butter, vanilla and milk together until smooth. Then slowly pour in the melted chocolate. To make the dark chocolate icing mix all the ingredients together until smooth.

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For the chocolate coated strawberries, melt the white and dark chocolate separately in a clear bowl over simmering water. Keep stirring then dip each strawberry into the chocolate. On the vanilla sponge pipe a swirl of dark chocolate icing and pop a white chocolate strawberry on top. Do the same for the dark chocolate sponge but with white chocolate icing.

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