Valentine’s Day Recipe: Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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.
  • 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
  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?


  • Reply brandi February 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    these look delicious!

  • Reply ~Appetite for Conversation~ February 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    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!

  • Reply livingthesweetlifeblog February 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

    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 ;))

  • Reply Robyn February 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Jen – These cupcakes look like perfection! And that photograph ~ swoon!!!

  • Reply Michelle @ Taste As You Go February 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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

  • Reply Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker February 25, 2012 at 1:00 am

    i just wanted to say that your photography is incredible!

  • Reply Arudhi February 25, 2012 at 2:27 am

    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!

  • Reply Lannie February 25, 2012 at 3:30 am

    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!

  • Reply Simply Tia February 25, 2012 at 3:51 am

    What gorgeous cupcake! Stunning photo as well.

  • Reply susan February 25, 2012 at 5:37 am

    this is such a gorgeous photo! love it!

  • Reply Annie February 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Very pretty picture! I love it.

  • Reply Kelsey {Itsy Bitsy Foodies} February 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Just discovered your blog. Beautiful pictures!!

  • Reply Alison Lewis April 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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

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