If you’re looking to impress your significant other, or just want a sweet treat for yourself, this cupcake recipe is definitely for you! It’s a fun twist on the Valentine’s Day classic, chocolate covered strawberries. These cupcakes are beautiful and, of course, delicious, and you just can’t go wrong with chocolate covered strawberries or cupcakes.
I started by making a simple white cake batter for the cupcakes. I’ve reduced the recipe so that it would make only 12 cupcakes. Preheat your oven to 350. Place 8 oz of cream cheese and 1/2 a cup of butter on your counter so that it can soften.
Melt half a cup of butter and set it side to cool while you start gathering your dry ingredients. Combine 3/4 of a cup sugar, 1 3/4 cup of cake flour, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Now add the cooled butter, 3/4 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract, and three large egg whites, and mix just until combined.
Line a cupcake pan with cup papers and fill them no more than 2/3 of the way full. I got exactly 12 cupcakes, you may get a little more, but if you get any less you have filled your papers too much. Trust me, this is key to having pretty cupcakes. If you fill them too much they will spill over and you won’t get those perfect bakery cupcakes.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
Let your cupcakes cool completely before frosting them. If you’re impatient, like me, you can pop your cupcakes in the freezer to help them cool off quicker.
While your cupcakes cool, get started on the frosting,
Beat cream cheese and butter on high for 1 minute. Then add 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Beat for another minute until combined. If your frosting isn’t thick enough add more powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time.
Spoon frosting into a large frosting bag with a star tip (closed or open will both work.) Starting in the middle make a swirl working to the outside. Remember those swirly designs you always use to draw in middle school? Like that.