Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist homemade chocolate cupcakes topped off with strawberry cream cheese frosting. A fun dessert for Valentine’s day or any day of the year!

Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Happy early Valentine’s Day! If there’s one thing you absolutely need to make for your special Valentine(s), or yourself, it’s chocolate. Specifically, these chocolate cupcakes. They’re rich and moist, topped off with sweet and tangy strawberry cream cheese frosting. It’s a perfect combination! A fun twist on a classic treat, and one the entire family can absolutely get behind! Let’s not forget how easy these are to whip up, making them a no brainer for dessert this week!

Make and enjoy for Valentine’s day or any day of the year. These chocolate cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting are guaranteed to be a hit!

Be sure to add them to your baking plans asap!

Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist homemade chocolate cupcakes topped off with strawberry cream cheese frosting. A fun dessert for Valentine's day or any day of the year!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cupcake, Strawberry
Servings: 9 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4C C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C milk

Frosting:

  • 3 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter softened
  • 3 Tb seedless strawberry jam
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp strawberry extract
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 drop Americolor red gel food color

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard cupcake pan with 9 liners. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by salt and baking soda. With mixer turned off, add in cocoa powder. Mix on low until fully combined. Scrape bowl as needed. Add in sour cream, followed by flour. Mix until just combined. With mixer running on low, slowly drizzle in milk. Mix until fully combined and no streaks remain. 
  • Divide batter equally between prepared liners using a large cookie scoop. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for several minutes or until easy to handle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • When cupcakes have cooled completely, prepare frosting. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy and well combined. Add jam, vanilla and strawberry extract, mixing until just combined. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until fully combined and desired consistency is reached.. Lastly, if desired, add 1 drop of red gel food color. Mix until no streaks remain. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fit with a piping tip. Frost and decorate as desired. 
  • Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to several days. 

Notes

A jumbo open star piping tip was used for this recipe.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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