Easy Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

The moist dark chocolate cake and fresh strawberry buttercream in this cupcake recipe is such a winning combination, you’ll want to eat a hundred of these. Plus, how pretty is the naturally dyed pink frosting? Bake a batch for a baby shower, Valentine’s Day or a regular old Monday.

(Image: Jamie Shields)

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Make the Cupcakes

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder 
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup boiling water 
(Image: Jamie Shields)

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenhiet.

Step 2

Line a cupcake tin with baking cups.

Step 3

Combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder in a large bowl.

Step 4

Beat in eggs one at a time. Add melted butter, milk and vanilla and stir until batter is smooth. Fold in boiling water. The batter will be thin.

Step 5

Fill cupcake tins ¾ full. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frost the Cupcakes

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 3 Tablespoons strawberry puree
(Image: Jamie Shields)

Step 1

While the cupcakes cool, prepare the frosting. In the bowl or a stand mixer, blend cream, butter and sugar.

Step 2

Add vanilla, salt and strawberry puree and mix until smooth. Keep the frosting refrigerated until the cupcakes are cool.

Step 3

Frost cupcakes. Serve and enjoy!


  • Garnish your cupcakes with chocolate cookie crumbles, sprinkles, shavings or chips!

(Image: Jamie Shields)
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