Strawberry Filled Heart Cupcakes
These Chocolate Strawberry Filled Heart Cupcakes are rich and moist, sure to please anyone who receives one! This recipe is great for making during your child’s nap time, since you will use boxed cake mix and frosting. Great year round!
* 1 box of chocolate cake mix (and everything you need to add to the mix like eggs and oil)
* 1 to 2 containers of premade chocolate frosting (I used 2, but I applied the frosting very thick)
* 2 cartons of fresh (room temperature) strawberries
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 24 cupcake liners
* sprinkles (optional)
Step 1: Following the instructions on the cake mix, bake 24 chocolate cupcakes in your cupcake liners and let cool (you can leave them in the cupcake pans for now).
Step 2: Wash the strawberries and pick out at least 12 of the prettiest to make strawberry hearts that will top the cupcakes (you need at least 24). To make the hearts, cut a v-shape at the top of the strawberry that will hull it. Then cut the strawberry in half lengthwise. You now have heart shaped strawberry pieces. You can trim a little off the pointy tops of the heart shape if you want to make more rounded. Place these aside.
Step 3: Hull and chop the remaining strawberries, place in a bowl, and mix 1/4 cup of white sugar with them.
Step 4: Cut cone shaped pieces out of the middle of each of the cupcakes that go about half way down, remove, and place them in a bowl to use later.
Step 5: Spoon out strawberries and sugar, being careful to drain any juice in the mixture. You don’t want your cupcakes too moist or they will fall apart. Place the spoonfuls of strawberries in the cupcakes.
Step 6: Take out the cone shaped pieces of the cupcakes you previously cut out. Keeping the smooth top intact, break the rest of the piece off to create a little top to cover back up the holes filled with strawberries in each cupcake.
Step 7: If you left your cupcakes in the pan, now is the time to remove and frost. I used a frosting applicator with a star-shaped tip.
Step 8: Add sprinkles and a heart shaped strawberry piece to each cupcake. It is important that the strawberries be room temperature, or else as they condensate they will slide off the frosting. Alternatively, you can make the cupcakes with cold strawberries and place the frosted and decorated cupcakes into a refrigerator until it is time to serve.