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Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes

These Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes take the classic flavors of ice cream and turn them into ice cream sundae cupcakes with strawberry cake, chocolate ganache filling, and vanilla buttercream. Topped with more chocolate and sprinkles, of course!

Head-on view of a chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcake with chocolate ganache and sprinkles on a cupcake pedestal with a second cupcake in the background and recipe title at top

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. Or 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. Can you ever go wrong with the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry combination?

CHOCOLATE, VANILLA, AND STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES RECIPE

The flavors of these cupcakes 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 involves fresh strawberries and my favorite method of whipping egg whites into the batter. When you whip egg whites and then fold them into cupcake batter, the cake ends up ridiculously light and fluffy.

Just trust me on this and do it.

Collage showing process for making strawberry cupcakes, including egg whites and chopped strawberries being folded in, strawberry cupcake batter all mixed together, and strawberry cupcake batter in cupcake papers in tin

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

Collage showing process for making chocolate ganache, including hot cream poured over chopped chocolate in bowl and chocolate ganache smooth in bowl

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

I filled each of the strawberry cupcakes with the chocolate ganache.

Collage showing process for filling strawberry cupcakes with chocolate ganache, including strawberry cupcakes in tin just out of oven, strawberry cupcakes with centers hollowed out, and strawberry cupcakes filled with chocolate ganache

The vanilla buttercream is also necessary. You can definitely use vanilla extract for the frosting, but I went with the Vanilla Custard flavoring from Wilton’s Treatology pack (affiliate link). And of course, I also drizzled more chocolate ganache over the top of the buttercream for an ice cream sundae feel.

And I finished things off with lots of sprinkles!

Head-on view of a chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcake with chocolate ganache and sprinkles on a cupcake pedestal with a second cupcake in the background

 

Believe it or not, I really think these chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcakes are some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. But you should just believe it. I wouldn’t lie about that. I think it’s partly just because they include the best of all the worlds.

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.

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.

Landscape view of three chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcakes all on little cupcake pedestals in a pink container with rainbow sprinkles all around

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.

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.

Head-on close-up view of a chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cupcake with chocolate ganache drizzled on top and rainbow sprinkles.

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

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

If you’re looking for more fun cupcake recipes, check out my Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes or my Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. I also really, really want to try these Samoa Cupcakes from Oh, Sweet Basil!

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- These Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes take the classic flavors of ice cream and turn them into ice cream sundae cupcakes with strawberry cake, chocolate ganache filling, and vanilla buttercream. Topped with more chocolate and sprinkles, of course! | wearenotmartha.com
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Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes

These Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes take the classic flavors of ice cream and turn them into ice cream sundae cupcakes with strawberry cake, chocolate ganache filling, and vanilla buttercream. Topped with more chocolate and sprinkles, of course!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time58 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake Recipes, Ice Cream Cupcakes, Strawberry Cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Sues

Ingredients

Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated 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 large 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 unsalted 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

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk flour, baking flour, and salt together.
  • 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.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold whipped egg whites, chopped strawberries, and red food coloring (if using) into the batter until just blended.
  • Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • After cooling in the pan for a few minutes, move cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cupcakes are cooled, use a cupcake corer or small knife to remove the center of the cupcake.
  • Spoon about 2 teaspoons of chocolate ganache into each cupcake. You should have enough ganache left to top cupcakes.
  • Fill a pastry bag with buttercream icing and using a #2A pastry tip, pipe buttercream around cupcake.
  • 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
  • Sprinkle rainbow sprinkles over the top of each cupcake.

Chocolate Ganache Filling and Topping

  • Place chopped chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • When cream is very hot (but not boiling), pour over chocolate. Let sit for one minute and then stir gently until smooth.
  • Allow to cool slightly before using.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
  • With mixer on low, slowly blend in the confectioner's sugar, cup by cup until well-combined.
  • Mix in milk and vanilla extract or flavoring.
Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cupcakes -- Classic ice cream flavors in cupcake form | wearenotmartha.com

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

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    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. Michelle Lahey says:

    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. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    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. DessertForTwo says:

    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. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    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. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies says:

    5 stars
    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. Rachel {the avid appetite} says:

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

  11. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says:

    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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