This month's theme is Valentines Day, naturally! To see Meg's Valentines muffins, click on the Cupkins logo at the bottom of this post!
(left) Joanne's Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes and (right) Meg's Strawberry & Chocolate Champagne Muffins
Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
(strawberry filled chocolate cupcakes with sweet strawberry frosting)
To begin, bake your favorite chocolate cupcakes. My favorite recipe is Martha's one bowl chocolate cupcakes, but if you're stretched for time you can go the easy route as well. I used these cute cupcake liners by Wilton for my cupcakes...
Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, grab your Wilton tip 230 and some strawberry jam. Fill up a piping bag. Insert the tip into the top of your cupcake and give it a good squeeze to fill it.
Yum! Filled cupcake goodness! Set them aside while you work on the frosting.
I used the basic buttercream recipe from the book Hello, Cupcake! with a few tweaks. Whisk one 13oz container of marshmallow fluff, then add 3 sticks of softened butter gradually, and beat until well combined. Next, add 1tbsp of strawberry extract, your food coloring and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy and set aside.
Next it's time to pipe your chocolate... a la Martha's valentine filagree hearts per her February issue of Living. I used wax paper to pipe my chocolate on, and then key is to pipe out of the smallest hole possible. Pipe into hearts... or whatever you like!
Put your chocolate in the freezer for fifteen minutes to set. Then assemble your cupcakes!
And there you have it, a beautiful and delicious Valentines treat! Don't they look gorgeous on my new cupcake stand?
Happy (early) Valentines Day, friends! Now click on the Cupkins logo to head over to Meg's place!