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Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes

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I try to keep my work life and my blog life pretty separate. It’s true that sometimes I want to talk about 84034 work things on this blog, whether it be management stuff or client stuff or project stuff. But I totally refrain because drawing lines is important and I don’t really feel like it’s appropriate for me to be blabbing on about work here on this public forum. But since it’s a huge part of my life and I’m at the office 50+ hours a week, sometimes I feel like I have absolutely nothing else to talk about besides work. Plus, I actually have some pretty cool clients who are doing awesome things. Also, my job is so closely related to the world of blogging (part of what I do is influencer relations) and there’s so much crossover that gets me all giddy. But I still keep things separate. However, occasionally the lines of my two lives cross… Like when I bring to work desserts that I’ve made for the blog. Orr when my boss tells my clients I have a blog and they casually mention bringing cupcakes to our next client meetings more than once. And that’s how I ended up making cupcakes for a work client meeting and am now blogging about them here. Worlds colliding.

It was a tough decision on what kind to make, so I went with a chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcake. Strawberry cake with chocolate ganache filling and topping and vanilla buttercream. The flavors reminded me of the perfect ice cream sundae, so I decided on an ice cream sundae style cupcake with lots of sprinkles, of course. The cake involved fresh strawberries and my favorite method of whipping egg whites into the batter.

Strawberry-Cupcake-Batter-Making

Chocolate ganache always seems to impress people, but it’s so, so easy… Just hot cream and chocolate blended together.

Chocolate-Ganache-Cupcakes

You’ll use a some of the chocolate to fill the cupcakes. A little surprise that makes these SO much more delicious.

Strawberry-Cupcakes-Filled

Along with a vanilla buttercream. You can use vanilla extract for the frosting, but I went with the Vanilla Custard flavoring from Wilton’s Treatology pack. Of course, it was necessary to drizzle more chocolate ganache over the top for an ice cream sundae feel. And lots of sprinkles!

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

Believe it or not, I really think these were some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. But you should just believe it. I wouldn’t lie about that. I think it was partly just because they included the best of all the worlds.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

And that chocolate ganache filling makes a world of difference! It’s always a very pleasant surprise when you bite into an innocent-looking cupcake and come into contact with a little chocolate.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

I don’t care what anyone says; sprinkles really do make every single thing in the world better. Maybe I subconsciously thought the sprinkles would help make the client like us even more. Hopefully it worked.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

In case you were curious, I decided to decorate these cupcakes like little ice cream sundaes because the flavors are classic ice cream flavors and I couldn’t imagine a better look.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

There are lots of cupcakes in this world that are actually made of ice cream. But almost all of the time, I’d rather have cake than ice cream. Or just eat ice cream out of a bowl. I don’t really need anything fancy when it comes to dessert.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

Really, these cupcakes are all the fancy I need in life. Just give me a little bit of this fancy everyday and I’ll be good.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

Do your work lives and personal lives collide often? And do either involve cupcakes?

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com
Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes
The classic flavors of ice cream turned into ice cream sundae cupcakes with strawberry cake, chocolate ganache filling, and vanilla buttercream. Topped with sprinkles, of course. For when you just can't decide what flavor you're in the mood for!
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
Strawberry Cupcakes:
  • 6 Tbsp butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 drops red food coloring if desired
  • Chocolate Ganache for filling and topping (recipe below)
  • Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe below
Chocolate Ganache Filling and Topping:
  • 3.5 oz. 70% dark chocolate chopped
  • 6 Tbsp cream
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter room temperature
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or 10 drops Wilton vanilla custard flavoring
Instructions
Strawberry Cupcakes:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk flour, baking flour, and salt together.
  4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture, alternating with milk. Add vanilla and mix until just blended. The batter will be thick.
  5. In a separate large bowl, whisk egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  6. Gently fold whipped egg whites, chopped strawberries, and red food coloring (if using) into the batter until just blended.
  7. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. After cooling in the pan for a few minutes, move cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a cupcake corer or small knife to remove the center of the cupcake.
  11. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of chocolate ganache into each cupcake. You should have enough ganache left to top cupcakes.
  12. Fill a pastry bag with buttercream icing and using a #2A pastry tip, pipe buttercream around cupcake.
  13. Drizzle the remaining chocolate ganache over the buttercream, letting it drip down the sides. If ganache has hardened, place back in microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals
  14. Sprinkle rainbow sprinkles over the top of each cupcake.
Chocolate Ganache Filling and Topping:
  1. Place chopped chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. When cream is very hot (but not boiling), pour over chocolate. Let sit for one minute and then stir gently until smooth.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before using.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
  2. With mixer on low, slowly blend in the confectioner's sugar, cup by cup until well-combined.
  3. Mix in milk and vanilla extract or flavoring.

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13 Responses to "Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes"

  1. I love the three different flavors in one cupcake and that you made strawberry cake from scratch (they are usually box mix…)!

  2. Adri says:

    I can absolutely believe that these are some of the best cup cakes you have ever made. They look beautiful, and with the real strawberry flavor, filling, frosting, and topping, they must be divine! Nice work!

  3. I immediately thought of hot fudge sundaes when I saw these! Since I, too, do social media for a living, I feel like my blogging/personal life is so hard not to mix with my work life. But I’m trying!

  4. Lexi says:

    So cute! If those cupcakes didn’t do anything for the client, then obviously they’re just a grouch! 😉 I’ve never folded egg whites into a cake/cupcake batter before – I would be interested to try it sometime!

  5. Justine says:

    Gorgeous little cakes! I really love how they look like little ice cream cones!

  6. I feel you girl, it’s hard to keep work and personal life separate… especially if those two things are so closely related. If I worked with you, I’d demand you bring cupcakes to work daily. 😉 Especially these cupcakes! So pretty and I love the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry combo here! Trifecta heaven! Cheers!

  7. You had me at the flavor combo, and THEN I see they’re filled with chocolate? Wow!

    I think it’s actually hard to decide what to cook for people when they find out that you have a blog. It’s so much pressure!

  8. Hey, when your client demands cupcakes, you have to give it to them, and boy am i sure they weren’t disappointed. These cupcakes are magical.

  9. OMG you have amazing flavors and textures here, the strawberries are such a nice addition and also these cupcakes look so so so so so cute!

  10. these look gorgeous and i LOVE the fresh strawberries! beautiful!

  11. These cupcakes are so adorable! I’ve been very low key with the blog and haven’t brought anything into work. Love all three flavors!

  12. Jeannette B says:

    I’m attempting to make these today for a cupcake extravaganza at work tomorrow.

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