These Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes are the perfect treat for chocolate and strawberry lovers, made with rich and decadent, moist chocolate cupcakes, sweet strawberry frosting, and a chocolate-covered strawberry on top! They're great for special events, parties, or to WOW at a bake sale!

If you love strawberries, you'll also love my Strawberry CakeFresh Strawberry CupcakesStrawberries and Cream Sheet Cake, and these Baked Strawberry Donuts!

Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes with a chocolate covered strawberry next to it.


Table of Contents
  1. What You'll Need
  2. How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
  3. Recipe FAQ's
  4. Tips for Success
  5. Valentine's Day Dessert Ideas
  6. More Cupcake Recipes
  7. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe Recipe

These chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting and a strawberry on top are one of my favorite recipes using strawberries because not only do you get a perfectly moist chocolate cupcake with a mound of homemade strawberry buttercream, but there is also a chocolate dipped strawberry on top of each cupcake!

Two desserts in one? Count me in.

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes are decadent desserts that look so impressive but are easier to make than you think. They are the perfect Valentine's Day cupcakes, perhaps as part of a Valentine's Day Dessert Board for a Valentine's Day party, but they are wonderful at any other time of the year as well, especially during the spring and summer when strawberries are in season.

One of my favorite things about making cupcakes is how fun it is to combine bits and pieces of other recipes to make fun new flavors! I made these cupcakes by combining my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, my homemade strawberry buttercream frosting, and chocolate covered strawberries.

What You'll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Flour - All-purpose flour works best for these cupcakes 
  • Granulated Sugar - Use white granulated sugar or your favorite granulated sweetener to sweeten the cupcakes.
  • Cocoa Powder - Use unsweetened natural cocoa powder. Rodelle and Ghiradelli are my favorite brands, but Hershey's is good too!
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda - Use both rising agents to help the cupcakes be light and fluffy. 
  • Salt - Enhances the flavor of the cupcakes.
  • Egg - To bind ingredients 
  • Buttermilk - Adds a bit of tang to balance flavors and helps lift the cupcakes.
  • Vegetable Oil - To help keep the cupcakes moist and fluffy.
  • Vanilla Extract - A baking essential to add a subtle, warm flavor to the cupcakes and the frosting.
  • Butter - Use salted butter for the frosting to enhance the flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar - For the base of the frosting.
  • Freeze-Dried Strawberries - Use these for the strawberry frosting for a great strawberry flavor and pink color. These are pretty easy to find at most grocery stores, Target, or Trader Joe's, but you can always order them online if you have any difficulty obtaining them.
  • Heavy Cream - To add substance and a creamy texture to the frosting.
  • Strawberries - Use medium-sized fresh strawberries for the top.
  • Melting Wafers - I've used Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers for a rich chocolate flavor coating for the strawberries on top.
Ingredients for chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes.

How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

  1. Combine cupcake ingredients. Combine the egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl and whisk together. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Make cupcake batter and bake. Whisk together until fully combined in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add hot water to the batter and mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, until combined. The batter will be thin. Fill cupcake liners only ½ full, then bake the cupcakes for 18-21 minutes. The tops will bounce back when you touch them with a finger, or a toothpick comes out with only a few moist crumbs when they're done. Cool completely before frosting.
  1. Mix butter, powdered sugar, and strawberries. To make the frosting, beat the softened butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy and light, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and freeze-dried strawberry powder.
  2. Add vanilla and cream. Mix on low speed until they start to combine. Add vanilla extract and heavy cream. Gradually increase the mixer speed and beat for 3-5 minutes until light and spreadable.
  1. Frost cupcakes. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe swirls of frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes.
  2. Add chocolate strawberries. Melt the chocolate melting wafers according to the package instructions. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate, then transfer the chocolate-covered strawberries to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to set up. Once set, decorate each cupcake with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Recipe FAQ's

Where can I get freeze-dried strawberries?

You should be able to get freeze-dried strawberries from your local grocery store in the dried fruit aisle, but don't mistake them for dried strawberries!

How do I store chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes?

Store your cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The frosting can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 7 days.

Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time and freeze them?

Freezing Cupcakes: Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Flash-freeze them on a baking tray, then put them in a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe container.
Freezing Frosting: Put the frosting in a freezer-safe container or in a Ziploc bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Tips for Success

  • You can double or triple this recipe if you need to make a larger batch of cupcakes.
  • You can make the cupcakes by hand or use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but you'll want the whisk attachment for making the frosting. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can use a hand-held electric mixer, a wooden spoon, or a rubber spatula.
Chocolate cupcakes decorated with tall swirls of piped strawberry frosting and chocolate covered strawberries.

Valentine's Day Dessert Ideas

This recipe makes the perfect cupcakes for Valentine's Day, but what about some other Valentine's Day-themed treats to sweeten your dessert table?

Of course, these sweet treats are perfect any time of year, but they'll look and taste amazing with these cupcakes for a Valentine's Day party.

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

Cupid Crunch Valentine's Chex Mix

​Red Velvet Cupcakes

Raspberry Chocolate Tart

Giant Heart Chocolate Chip Cookie

Red Velvet Earthquake Cake

Black Forest Cheesecake

Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A moist chocolate cupcake with strawberry buttercream frosting and a chocolate covered strawberry on top with a bite taken out of the whole thing.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cupcakes
These Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes are the perfect treat for chocolate and strawberry lovers, made with rich and decadent, moist chocolate cupcakes, sweet strawberry frosting, and a chocolate-covered strawberry on top! They're great for special events, parties, or to WOW at a bake sale!

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (141g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • ½ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (50g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup very hot water

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (1-ounce) bag freeze-dried strawberries
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • 14-16 medium-sized fresh strawberries
  • 1 package Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk together.
  • Combine the egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl and whisk together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until fully combined.
  • Add the hot water to the batter and mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, until combined. The batter will be thin.
  • Fill cupcake liners only ½ full, then bake the cupcakes for 18-21 minutes. The tops will bounce back when you touch them with a finger, or a toothpick will come out with only a few moist crumbs when they're done.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting, beat the softened butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy and light, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and freeze-dried strawberry powder. Mix on low speed until they start to combine. Add vanilla extract and heavy cream. Gradually increase the mixer speed and beat for 3-5 minutes until light and spreadable.
  • Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe swirls of frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes.
  • Melt the chocolate melting wafers according to the package instructions. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate, then transfer the chocolate-covered strawberries to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to set up.
  • Once set, decorate each cupcake with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Notes

Garnish with chocolate-covered strawberries, mini chocolate chips, chocolate ganache, sprinkles, fresh strawberries, etc.
Storage
  • Store: Store your assembled cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The frosting can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 7 days.
  • Freeze: Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Flash-freeze them on a baking tray, then put them in a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe container. Put the frosting in a freezer-safe container or in a Ziploc bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.
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  1. Beautiful cupcake! Can I put the chocolate covered strawberry on the cupcake the day before and refrigerate until served or will the berry leak and chocolate get ugly?