It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things sweet.
I’m particularly a fan of sweet things in cupcake form.
And because my husband can’t actually stomach a strawberry in it’s berry delicious form, I have to come up with new and clever ways if I want to make a sweet strawberry treat.
So for Sweetest Day a few weeks ago (yes, I’m a sap that celebrates this holiday, I always have and always will), I decided to turn chocolate-covered strawberries into a more edible delight for my husband.
And if you’re STILL not a fan of Chubby Vegan Mom on Facebook, then you missed out on some serious vegan cupcake food porn.
This recipe uses a combination of strawberry jelly (to ensure seed-free frosting) and strawberry puree to flavor the cupcakes!
The best part of this cupcake is how fancy schmancy it is. With the help of a quick chocolate mousse, vegan chocolate chips and a little vegetable oil, this recipe packs loads of strawberry with the perfect hints of chocolate.
They’re a wee-bit labor intensive, but I promise, they’re worth the TLC.
Vegan chocolate-covered strawberry cupcakes
(makes 24 cupcakes)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups cake flour
1 cup strawberries (pureed)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar (it’s a cupcake, I didn’t say it was healthy)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
2 tsps baking powder
Dash of salt
Optional 2-3 drops red food coloring (Our health food store sells a vegan, locally-sourced variety)
Chocolate mousse ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 vanilla coconut milk
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 sticks vegan butter, at room temperature, we used Earth Balance
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup strawberry jelly, melted(I used some made for us by friends this past summer!)
Optional 2-3 drops red food coloring
Chocolate «shell» drizzle ingredients:
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
2 TBS vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl mix together all your dry ingredients (all purpose and cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt). Take your one cup of strawberries and puree them in your high-power blender or food processor. Soften your vegan butter in the microwave (again, soften, not melt) and pour into a large bowl with the rest of the liquid ingredients (strawberry puree, applesauce, coconut milk, water and optional food coloring). Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients (about a cup at a time) and then blend with a mixer.
Line your muffin pan with cupcake wrappers and fill each a little over half full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, the edges will pull away from the pan some and you’ll be able to stick a toothpick into the middle and pull out out cleanly. Once they’re done set them aside to cool.
Now, for the frosting. In a large mixing bowl, blend together 1.5 sticks vegan butter (at room temperature), coconut milk, jelly and vanilla extract. (Add optional food coloring if you’d like). Blend in powdered sugar (about a cup at a time), until it’s all mixed together. Refrigerate until use.
For the chocolate mousse, puree the avocado and set aside. Mix together the cocoa powder and milk and add to the avocado. Stir in the sugar, and vanilla extract, blend well with a mixer. Store in the fridge until you’re ready.
Once your cupcakes have cooled, use your finger to make a small hole in the center of the cupcake. (It should be deep enough to fill, but not so deep that it goes to the bottom). Using a bakers bag (or a zip lock bag with the tip cut off) fill the center of the cupcakes with the chocolate mousse (it’s possible depending on the size of your strawberries that you may need more, make it as you need it).
Next, pipe on the frosting (I use a bakers bag and a really big tip, like the extra large ones, because they cover more ground and I’m a busy woman!).
Set cupcakes aside and in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Take out and stir until well combined. Using a fork, drizzle this chocolate all over the frosted cupcakes. Wait 10-15 minutes for the chocolate «shell» to set and then serve! (We kept these in the fridge for a couple days until they were all gone).
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