Valentine's Day Recipe: Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Hearts, flowers, chocolates, strawberries -- love is in the air and for someone who doesn't love the color pink, it's hard to escape the bright colors of February (aka the month of love). How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? As for me,  if you don't know by now, my husband and I aren't that big on Valentine's Day. Romantic dinners? Never. Flowers? Nada. Chocolates? No thanks. Teddy bears? Cute but I'll pass.

I've never been a fan of pink, I'm not into hearts, and I'm not a lovey dovey overly romantic person. Don't get me wrong, I love showering my husband with love -- he's my best friend, love of my life, and soul mate. I don't know where I would be without his love, support, confidence, and friendship. I love him to pieces more and more with each passing day and year. But, when it comes to Valentine's Day, we simply wish each other a "Happy Valentine's Day" and then go about our business like any other day...and I'm completely fine with that.

With all that being said, this year was a little different. Usually I shy away from all things hearts and pink treats. So, what did I do this year? I allowed the pink vibes of the month to creep into my kitchen...through the form of a strawberry, my favorite fruit. That's right, my love for strawberries resulted in a Valentine's Day treat. 

Am I destined to fall in love with Valentine's Day and all of its loveliness? Most likely not. However, if Valentine's Day treats call for strawberries, I will have no problem joining in on the fun...if only for a bite (or two) of a delicious cupcake.

So join in on the strawberry Valentine's Day fun with these Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not, one thing is for sure -- you will fall in love with these cupcakes and will love sharing them with your Valentine...if you're into that, of course.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day Recipe: Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Tip: If you're not into baking, simply buy box mix. The best part about box mix? You can easily add different candy and flavors into the mix (and frosting) in order to customize the taste and look.

Ingredients:
  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix (along with the additional ingredients listed on the box - e.g. oil, eggs, water, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 package of strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 container of classic frosting
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. 
  3. Reserve a few strawberries for garnish. Chop the rest of the strawberries and fold them and the chocolate chips into the cake batter. 
  4. Drop the cake batter into the liners until they're 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cupcakes from the oven, allow them to sit in the pan for 2 minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack. Let them cool completely before frosting.
  7. Frost the cupcakes. 
  8. Slice the reserved strawberries in half and garnish the top of each frosted cupcake with a halved strawberry.
What is your favorite way to spend Valentine's Day?

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13 comments

  1. My favorite way to spend Valentine's Day is eating goodies like these beautiful cupcakes. I hear what you're saying about Valentine's being overdone, but I have to admit I love an excuse to eat chocolate. And strawberries, for that matter!

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  2. THIS is how to celebrate valentines - -what more can you want than the love of cupcakes, chocolate and strawberries ... id take any of the above on valentines day... ( or any day ;))

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  3. Jen - These cupcakes look like perfection! And that photograph ~ swoon!!!

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  4. I am obsessed with your photograph of these cupcakes. Obsessed!

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  5. i just wanted to say that your photography is incredible!

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  6. Hi Jen, your cupcakes certainly look beautiful!! I love the kind of lighting and food styling you used here. Thanks for sharing and I`ll sure be following your posts!

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  7. wow so decadent this looks delicious! even without being a pink fan or v-day fan, letting some pink strawberry desserts creep in sounds like a perfect way to spend the day!

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  8. What gorgeous cupcake! Stunning photo as well.

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  9. this is such a gorgeous photo! love it!

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  10. Very pretty picture! I love it.

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  11. Just discovered your blog. Beautiful pictures!!

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  12. just shared on my facebook page! Miss you and love your baby photos

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