chocolate-strawberry cupcakes

May 6, 2013

in Cupcakes

Cupcakes are infinitely more fun with a surprise filling, don’t you agree? I layered my rich devil’s food chocolate batter with strawberry jam for a sweet and jammy center that evokes memories of carefree moments spent savoring life’s sweetness. Pink buttercream swirls make these chocolate-strawberry cupcakes almost too pretty to eat, though I suggest you indulge (and prepare to lick the buttercream off your fingers, if need be!).

Chocolate-Strawberry Cupcakes | Tutti Dolci

I’m sharing this recipe for the May Chocolate Party. This month’s theme is chocolate strawberry; scroll down below the recipe for more chocolate treats.

Chocolate-Strawberry Cupcakes | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate-Strawberry Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
6 Tbsp strawberry jam

Strawberry Buttercream
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
pinch of salt
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups. Whisk together boiling water and cocoa, then cool completely. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with cooled cocoa mixture (begin and end with flour mixture).

Divide half the batter evenly between cups; top with about 1 teaspoon strawberry jam. Spoon remaining batter evenly into cups and bake for 16 to 17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes for 2 minutes in pans on a wire rack, then carefully remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool completely.

To make buttercream, beat butter and salt in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beat well, scraping down bowl as needed. Add vanilla and jam; beat on medium-high speed until light and airy. Fit a pastry bag with a 2D tip and pipe a spiral onto each cupcake. Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Yield – 22 cupcakes
Calories – 242 (per cupcake)
Carbs – 37

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59 Comments

1 claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 6, 2013

I mean, could these be any more gorgeous??!

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2 The Café Sucre Farine May 6, 2013

What could be better than chocolate and strawberries? And these are gorgeous too!

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3 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar May 6, 2013

They’re lovely, Laura. This frosting is definetely better (and healthier) with strawberry jam than with some pink colouring…
This chocolate party is very tempting :-)

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4 Valerie May 6, 2013

These beautiful cupcakes would make an excellent Mother’s Day treat! (Love the photos – I can tell you’re having fun with that lens!) :D

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5 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 6, 2013

I’m totally with you on the surprise fillings! I love them personally and think that adding them would add so much moisture to the cupcake :)

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6 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) May 6, 2013

That is a great combination!

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7 Emily @ Life on Food May 6, 2013

Beautiful cupcakes. And yes, I love a good surprise filling in my cupcakes!

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8 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today May 6, 2013

I’m always prepared to lick a buttercream off my fingers :)

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9 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel May 6, 2013

I meeeean, these are GOOOORGEOUS. And I am loving that surprise strawberry filling for a little extra punch.

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10 sara May 6, 2013

Lovely! These cupcakes look wonderful! :)

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11 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 6, 2013

What delicious chocolate cupcakes with strawberry buttercream rosettes, Laura! Definitely, it is more fun to dig in knowing that there is strawberry jam in their center… Mmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!

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12 Cookie and Kate May 6, 2013

These cupcakes are beautiful, Laura! I wish I could eat one for a pre-lunch treat right now. :)

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13 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 6, 2013

Way too cute!! I need one so badly right now :D

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14 The Ninja Baker May 6, 2013

Swirly buttercream atop chocolate cake with strawberry jam centers may indeed be the definition of pink perfection! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes for the Chocolate Party, Laura.

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15 Laura @ Family Spice May 6, 2013

Oh, my! My afternoon chocolate craving has kicked in BIG TIME!!! Just gorgeous!

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16 Suzanne Perazzini May 6, 2013

There are some yummy lokking chocolate dishes in that lot. I love the way you pipe the icing. Mine never turns out as good.

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17 Liz May 6, 2013

Such marvelous cupcakes….from the strawberry surprise in the centers to the amazing strawberry buttercream! Beautiful, too!!!

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18 Patty May 6, 2013

So very pretty Laura! I just love this combination of chocolate and strawberry in cupcake form ;-)

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19 Kate@Diethood May 6, 2013

OMG this looks incredibly delish! I only eat cupcakes if they are filled with lots of good stuff! :-)

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20 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 6, 2013

These cupcakes — SWOON. I looooove chocolate and strawberries!

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21 Claire @ Claire K Creations May 6, 2013

Beautiful photos as always! Yes you’re quite right. Cupcakes are good but they’re even better with a surprise!

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22 Sockmonkeys Kitchen May 6, 2013

These cupcakes are so pretty!!
Love- Love-Love! =0)

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23 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking May 6, 2013

oh, yes! The surprise filling would definitely make me grab seconds! These cupcakes look so pretty Laura! Love that you added strawberry jam both to the cupcakes and the frosting.

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24 ashley - baker by nature May 6, 2013

I envy and adore how gorgeous every-single-recipe you make is!!! These cupcakes are no exception. Now… I’d like one please :)

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25 Maria@PinkPatisserie May 6, 2013

So sweet and lovely! I just love this combination and yes a treat in the middle is the best!

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26 Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen May 6, 2013

You had me at surprise filling! MY FAV!

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27 Suzanne May 6, 2013

These are beautiful and I know have got to be delicious too. I love chocolate and strawberries together.

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28 Anne@FromMySweetHeart May 6, 2013

Laura….these are beautiful! The cupcakes look so rich and chocolatey and the icing….so pretty! : )

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29 Carol | a cup of mascarpone May 6, 2013

These look amazing, Laura…and your photos are beautiful!! I love the chocolate party ingredients this month…they go so well together!

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30 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings May 6, 2013

Gorgeous-looking cupcakes! I’ve been so busy lately that just looking at your goodies calm me right down. I’m now imagining I have a piece in my hand :)

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31 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 6, 2013

What a simply pretty little cupcake! Love the combination of strawberry and chocolate. I am sooooo happy strawberries are in season!!! Hope you have a great week Laura!

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32 Abbe@This is How I Cook May 6, 2013

So perfectly simple. So perfectly pretty. So perfect!

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33 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 6, 2013

Nice change from choc raspberry which is also good, just sayin’. But these look delishy.

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34 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 6, 2013

Gorgeous cupcakes and I love the strawberry part.

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35 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 6, 2013

These cupcakes are so gorgeous! And that pretty pink – LOVE IT!

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36 Kankana May 6, 2013

If only I could pipe such pretty swirls I would bake more cupcakes. Hopefully some day and until then I have to stick to muffins!

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37 marissa @ the boot May 6, 2013

chocolate + strawberry, my most favorite combination! delicious and beautiful!

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38 Jen @ Savory Simple May 7, 2013

These are beautiful, Laura!

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39 Mercedes May 7, 2013

I think I could be happy with the batter alone on these cupcakes Laura! Gorgeous photos as always!

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40 Jennie @themessybakerblog May 7, 2013

Filling=awesome cupcakes. These look so good!

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41 Tracy | peanut butter and onions May 7, 2013

Hmmm stawberry and chocolate… what an neat combo… must try

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42 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 7, 2013

Laura, I saw these gorgeous photos earlier and I still think of them. They look perfect and delicious! Sometimes words can’t describe to express how delighted when I saw these cupcakes. Strawberry buttercream might be a life changing frosting that I’ve never had in my life yet… I haven’t made my first cupcake (I know, you can laugh! hehehe), and this is tempting me…

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43 Deb May 7, 2013

Strawberry Buttercream? You have my attention! Swirling atop a jammy filled chocolate cupcake, just divine Laura!

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44 Kate @ Kate from Scratch May 7, 2013

These look lovely! The perfect combination.

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45 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 7, 2013

I have been searching for a good, solid chocolate cupcake recipe. Everyone seems to have a different take on them. Even without the jam filling, do you love-love-love this recipe? Cupcakes are so finnicky & prone to dryness so just checking if you think they’re great even without filling. Pinned!

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46 Tutti Dolci May 7, 2013

This is my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe! I’ve made endless variations and never had a problem with them being dry. Let me know if you try it out!

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47 Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs May 7, 2013

These look awesome- love the combo of strawberries and chocolate!

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48 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories May 7, 2013

Laura, just gorgeous. Some day I will have those piping (and photography) skills. Wow. wow. wow.

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49 Karen (Back Road Journal) May 8, 2013

The cupcakes sound terrific, especially with the surprise filling.

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50 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 8, 2013

What delicious looking cupcakes! I really love the sound of the strawberry filling and the strawberry buttercream looks gorgeous!

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51 Rosa May 8, 2013

Beautiful cupcakes! They look extremely delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

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52 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts May 8, 2013

I love the strawberry jam filling, it sounds incredible! I would definitely be licking my fingers for this frosting :)

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53 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 9, 2013

I love that you said jammy. I want to create something with jam just so I can use the word jammy!

And I agree… these are way more fun than normal old cupcakes! Super pretty and the piping is beautiful (and so are the pictures!) :)

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54 Laura May 9, 2013

These cupcakes look delicious!

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55 Lora @cakeduchess May 9, 2013

chocolate and strawberries together are a glorious match. This frosting is so creamy and lovely. The color is so delicate…

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56 Charles May 15, 2013

Totally agree about the hidden surprise – I just made some cupcakes with berries in the bottom. Definitely makes something already delicious even more alluring. These look great Laura – very rich and tasty!

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57 Spencer May 15, 2013

Looks amazing. I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes fantastic.

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58 Laura@bakinginpyjamas May 27, 2013

These are so pretty, I love the soft pink of the buttercream against the darkness of the cake.

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59 Melissa June 14, 2013

Baking these right now for Father’s Day weekend! My husband chose them for his first Father’s Day! Thanks for recipe!

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