Strawberry Puffcakes

Just in case you missed it yesterday I was over at Sweet Treats and More posting these Strawberry Puffcakes. My husband and I eat chocolate dipped strawberries every year for Valentine’s Day and I thought why not try to replicate that in cupcake form. These are chocolate cupcakes topped with a light strawberry frosting then dipped in melted chocolate. Seriously melt in your mouth yummy!

Just make your favorite chocolate cupcakes and then pipe this fresh strawberry frosting. I use the word frosting but it’s pretty light and almost like a whipped cream. I like to just use a Ziploc back with the tip cut off to pipe it on. If you pipe as much as I did you may have to double your frosting recipe. :)
 I did pipe a couple of big ones and a couple of smaller ones for my kids.
Melt chocolate chips with a little oil to make it a good consistency and then dip away. It almost looks like a dipped cone from Dairy Queen and come to think of it…it kind of tasted like one.
So pretty. I stuck some sliced strawberries in before chilling them.
Oops…there are a couple of missing cupcakes in the picture below.
Taste-testing casualties.
My husband likes them chilled straight out of the fridge. I prefer mine to sit for about 15 minutes then then strawberry cream is soft and heavenly.
Strawberry Puffcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (and eggs and oil package calls for)
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still slightly cold
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate Topping:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. For the Cupcakes: Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners and bake cupcakes according to package directions. Let cupcakes cool.
  2. For the Frosting: Place 1/2 cup of strawberries in a food processor or blender and process until pureed into liquid.
  3. Beat butter and salt until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar slowly until combined. It will be dry but be patient...it will come together.
  4. Add vanilla extract, and 4 Tablespoons of pureed strawberries. Mix until just blended.
  5. Frost cooled cupcakes using the tip below.
  6. Chill cupcakes in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the frosting so that they are easier to dip. Sometimes in stick mine in the freezer to speed up the process.
  7. Decorating Tip: An easy way to pipe frosting without using fancy decorating tips is to fill a Ziploc bag with some of the frosting and cut off one of the corners on the bottom of the bag to about the size of a nickel. Begin piping your frosting. I like to make a cone shape.
  8. For the chocolate topping: Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe boil and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted. Let cool slightly before dipping your cupcakes. You don't want to melt the frosting right off!
  9. Carefully dip the chilled cupcakes in the melted chocolate just once. At this point you can garnish with strawberry fans if desired. To make a strawberry fan just cut the stem off then make vertical slices starting from the bottom of the strawberry to the top, but not slicing all the way through. Then "fan" your strawberry and place on the cupcake.
  10. Once dipped, place the cupcakes in the refrigerator so that the chocolate can set up. Your pan of finished cupcakes will weigh about 20 pounds. Just warning you. Consider this your work out for the day.
  11. Serve chilled or pull them out of the fridge for about 15 minutes before serving (that's how I like them).

Notes

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  1. I love that strawberry frosting! I feel like it would go so well with a lot of desserts. Obviously the color is perfect for Valentine’s Day:-)

  2. Those look heavenly!! I love chocolate dipped strawberries they are so good!

  3. oh they look delicious!

  4. Wowza! Have not seen anything like these before. So neat! BTW, LOVE the design of your blog. Will be adding you to my reader :)

  5. Yummy! I am going to make these to bring to a dinner we are going to tomorrow. I am in charge of dessert.

  6. Mmmmm, these cupcakes look fantastic! Love that pink frosting! :) Totally perfect for valentine’s day.

  7. I have only 3 words in mind looking at your photos : I want mine !!!

  8. These sound yummy. I love your photos.

  9. I’m trying this as a cake tonight! With the chocolate drizzled over the top! I’m short on time or I’d dip the cupcakes. They look GREAT!

  10. I made these and there were delicious. Very, very delicious.

  11. oh my, I love this! :) looks überyummy AND beautiful. Will definitely try!

  12. Hi Christy! Love your blog! It seriously is my go to for food. Everything I’ve tried has been awesome and something I will make more than once. Made these the other day and everyone loved them! Just wanted to let you know!

  13. I love them so much I want to marry them.

    : )

    Julie M.

  14. I would just like to say THANK YOU :) I put on a bakesale last week and came upon the task of doing some gluten free baking. I made a promise that fell flat saying to my gluten free friends that there would be lots of options for them. As always, time fell short and all I had to offer my gluten free goddesses were boring chocolate cupcakes. That’s when I stumbled across this recipe. The strawberry mousse and chocolate dipped tops were the perfect solution. I had one girl come up to me almost in tears, thanking me for letting her fully enjoy dessert that day for the first time in a year. So in return, I’d like to thank YOU! Together, you and I put some much needed bliss into the lives of these beautiful gluten free ladies :)

  15. Oh mandylynn,
    That makes me so happy to hear!

  16. I made these for a pin party on Sunday. Success! I paired the icing/topping with cream cheese filled cupcakes, and I was worried it would be over the top. It was definitely decadent, but everything came together so nicely. I noticed everyone repinned after the party. Thank you.

  17. Maria Bennett says:

    Hi! I love everything on here I am so glad I get the chance to try them all! I am moving to Florida, hopefully Plant City or Lakeland, we are stll tryint o find a home to buy, it is so hard to do from Illinos! lol! I have heard f the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, do you live by there? My daughter lives in Lakeland, Fl. I ust love the Birthday Party with all you beautiful family and friends. Your daughter is simply beautiful!!

  18. Made these for a friend’s Mary-Kay party. They liked them so much I’ve been asked to make a mini version for a friend’s wedding shower! How and What tweaks can I make for mini’s? Thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I think the only thing you need to adjust is the baking time on the cupcakes but I’m not sure how long it would be. I would have to try it. I think a mini version would be great since a regular size is quite the mouthfull.

  19. So, I decided to make these for my coworkers on Valentine’s day. When I was making the frosting, I have to say I was jumping up and down with joy at how fluffy and light it was, screaming for my sister to come try it! My only mistake was when I added the strawberry puree I was still using my hand mixer. I should have folded it in to maintain the fluffiness. I ended up not being able to make the cone peak, but I still got some kind of swirled blob. They cooled so well in the freezer AND the fridge (Not enough room in the fridge. I doubled the recipe). When I finally dipped them into the chocolate the Heavenly strawberry fluff was barely visible. I’d have to say that it turned out to be an awesome thing! People were telling me it was a surprise when they expected all chocolate but got some kind of other-worldy pink puff frosting under it! This recipe got me so much attention I could blush for days! I give this recipe two thumbs and two big toes up! I wish I could add a picture! Right now, I’m going to frost some chocolate chip cookies with the strawberry frosting. Thank you SO much for the inspiration!