Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes| Create for your guests the ultimate chocolate Fiesta cupcake! These semi homemade cupcakes are chalked full of chocolate flavor with a little fresh strawberry surprise center and the most wonderful Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting. You might of seen my Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes, since they are the MOST popular cupcakes on my site I decided to add a twist by switching up to chocolate and I AM SO GLAD I DID! With that being said I present to you the ever so delicious DARK CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES!
Once cupcakes are cooled, hollow out some of the center and submerge a small to medium FRESH strawberry in the center of each cooled cupcake.
Top with the light and creamy Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting!
For the Dark Chocolate Cupcakes:
- 2/3 cup hot water
- 2/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 (15.25 ounce) box dark fudge cake mix
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 24 small to medium fresh strawberries, cleaned with tops cut off
For the Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Whisk together the hot water and cocoa until smooth. In a large mixing bowl add the cake mix, espresso powder, oil, eggs, sour cream and cocoa mixture. Mix together until creamy. Using an ice cream scoop, fill liners 2/3 full. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely. With a paring knife hollow out some of the center of each cupcake, insert the prepared strawberries. Pipe on the Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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