Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Don't these just scream Valentines? They are pretty romantic looking if you ask me. Mine are a little fat but you know I tend to overfill my tins. Oh well, they are sweet and delicious...yummy chocolate cupcakes, with a center of strawberry cream cheese and then topped off with a strawberry cream cheese frosting. 
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/4c sugar divided
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c veg oil
1 c water
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz cream cheese divided (room temp)
1 whole egg
3 tbsp + strawberry jam 
4 drops of food coloring
2 tbsp butter ( room temp)
4 oz strawberry cream cheese
2c confectioners sugar
strawberries, cut in half
Preheat oven to 350º and line cupcake tins with 18 paper liners.
In a large bowl sift together flour, 1c sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In small bowl, combine vegetable oil, water, vinegar and vanilla. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Stir mixture just until combined. Fill up the tins about 1/3 full with chocolate batter...yes I know I overfilled mine again :)
To make cream cheese filling: in a medium bowl combine 8oz  original cream cheese, 1/4 c of sugar, egg, strawberry jam and food coloring. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Distribute scoops evenly right on top of chocolate batter. Bake for 22 minutes until cream center is firm.
For your frosting: combine the remaining 4 oz of original cream cheese, butter and 4 oz of strawberry cream cheese. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add confectioners sugar and mix until desired consistency.
Spread frosting on top of cooled cupcakes and add a strawberry to finish it off. I melted some jam and glazed tops of berries for a little shine.


Today I am linking up with
http://hoosierhomemade.com/easy-valentine-cupcakes-cupcake-tuesday/Cupcake Tuesday at HoosierHomemade.com
and with Cole for
Lovely Yellow Ribbons
and over at Lisa's
Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

13 comments:

HoosierHomemade said...

Divine! Love the chocolate and strawberry together!
Thanks so much joining us on Cupcake Tuesday!
~Liz

Kristen said...

Yum Yum Yum! Those are so cute and I bet absolutely delicious.

Rhondi said...

My girls would LOVE these cupcakes! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just read your profile on your front page...I'm also a SAHM for 3 kids, have 2 crazy Labs, and call my hubby "Big Daddy". How funny is that! Great blog and I'm going to follow you.
Rhondi

Erin said...

Oh my gosh! Those look so darn fancy and festive! Beautiful!!!

Meg Johnston said...

These are adorable, I love strawberry and chocolate together!

Lisa said...

Wow, I love all those colors you've got going on in that cupcake. I never could resist anything with strawberries in it.

Just Cake Girl said...

They look fantastic :))

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmmm these look fabulous! Love the marbling and strawberries.

Sue said...

They look delish, Mickey!

Raina said...

These look beautiful, definitely perfect for Valentine's Day and they sound incredibly delicious:)

Mary said...

They really are gorgeous and perfect for Valentine's Day. Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Ali said...

Oo boy, these are fantastic. I love the chocolate and strawberry/cream cheese mixture. It sounds and looks amazing.

Megan said...

You had me at "strawberry cream cheese frosting!" Actually, I was sold once I saw the picture.