Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + Minted. Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

by alexandra

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + a $100 Minted. #giveaway! |

Rose cupcakes and a Valentine’s Day Minted giveaway… I’d say Monday is off to a pretty sweet start, wouldn’t you?

There’s all kinds of good stuff going on here today: perfect chocolate-chocolate chip cupcakes, an incredible strawberry cream cheese frosting that will knock your socks off, and $100 towards Valentine’s Day cards from Minted.  because every Valentine needs a sweet treat and a cute card, right? Right.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + a $100 Minted. #giveaway! |

I actually have another chocolatey V-day treat to share with you guys sometime soon which I’m super excited about, but then I just couldn’t resist going the cutesy route too and swathing a dessert in pink frosting roses and little sugar pearls. I’m a sucker for pretty cakes and cupcakes; it’s true. :/ Plus, I definitely needed to have a continuation of the chocolate and strawberry thing I had going on last Valentine’s with that strawberry bundt cake. All this is another way of saying that my Sunday plans got buried somewhere under a bowl of rich chocolate cupcake batter, rosy swirls of strawberry frosting, and a heavy dusting of cloudy-white confectioner’s sugar covering my kitchen like sweet snow. It was worth it.

I have in fact made these chocolate cupcakes before, although it was back in the days of… umm.. my 10th blog post ever, when nobody knew this little space of the internet existed. I knew they were good, but I’d forgotten just how perfect they are until now. They somehow manage to be moist without being wet at all, and so tender that you can bite into them just as easily as you can sink your teeth into the frosting on top. And because I can’t leave well enough alone, I stirred chocolate chips into the batter. It had to be done.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + a $100 Minted. #giveaway! |

Must say though, what I’m loving about these cupcakes is that luscious Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. It may look innocent in all its blush-colored rose glory, but if anything was ever dangerously delicious, it’s this frosting. It’s got that sweet tang of cream cheese frosting laced with a pure, bright strawberry flavor. Plus, the fresh strawberry purée gives it a gorgeous pink hue without using any food coloring.  The roses are super easy to frost and a few sugar pearls sprinkled here and there complete the look in a snap.$100 Minted. Valentine's Day Giveaway for designer #valentinesday cards from @minted |

(Images c/o Minted.)

It goes without saying that these would be such a sweet treat to bake up for friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day, and they would no doubt be a huge hit at classroom Valentine’s Day parties  (those were the best in elementary school!). All you need is to win some gorgeous cards and you’ve got Valentine’s Day in the bag! I’ve been a big fan of Minted ever since I came across their designer paper products a year ago, and I’ve actually purchased business cards from them which I LOVE. I’m so excited that one of you will get a chance to own some of their products for free! One reader will win $100 credit for Minted. Valentine’s Day Cards with 3-day shipping included. You can use the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway, which is open until midnight PST on Wednesday, January 29th.  You can earn lots of entries for this giveaway, so go for it and good luck!

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + a $100 Minted. #giveaway! |

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Yield: 12 cupcakes


Double Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 1/8 ounces (1/3 cup) dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) hot coffee
  • 5 1/4 ounces (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 3 1/8 ounces (3/4 cup) bread flour, spoon and level
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 7/8 ounces (6 tablespoons) canola/vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces (1/2 cup) bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate chips, chopped

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 1/4 ounces (1 1/4 cups) chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 ounces (3 1/2 cups) confectioner’s (powdered) sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • pearl sprinkles, optional



  1. To save time, start steps 1-3 of the frosting while baking and cooling the cupcakes. The strawberry purée should then be ready to use once the cupcakes have cooled and are ready for frosting.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Combine the cocoa powder and 3 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate in a large bowl. Pour the coffee on top and whisk together until smooth. Refrigerate until no longer warm (about 20 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin or line with cupcakes liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, bread flour, salt, and baking soda. Whisk in the chopped chocolate chips.
  4. Add the vegetable oil, eggs, white vinegar, and vanilla extract to the cooled coffee mixture and whisk together until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir together gently just until evenly combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups – each will be about 3/4 full or slightly more. Bake in the preheated oven for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean or with just a couple small crumbs.
  6. Cool cupcakes in pan for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the chopped strawberries in a bowl. Toss together and let sit for 1 hour to allow the sugar to pull out the juices from the strawberries.
  2. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan.
  3. Bring strawberry mixture to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally and reducing the heat as needed to maintain simmer. Once done, the mixture should have reduced substantially and be fairly thick. Allow to cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a bowl with a handheld electric mixer), cream together the butter and cooled strawberry purée until completely smooth, wiping down the bowl and beater as need. Add the cream cheese and continue to beat until smoothly incorporated, again wiping down bowl/beater as necessary.
  5. Add the confectioner’s sugar in parts, beating in on low speed until incorporated and then increasing speed to whip frosting until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and salt.
  6. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip (I used Ateco 846). Starting at the center of each cupcake, pipe in a spiral out towards the edge to create a rose. Top cupcakes with a few pearl sprinkles if desired.
  7. Store cupcakes in an airtight container. For short term storage (a few hours) they can be stored at room temperature, but for longer storage they should be kept in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Cupcakes Adapted From: Cook’s Illustrated, Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting is a Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker Original

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs January 27, 2014

These are some of the most adorable cupcakes I’ve ever seen! That frosting sounds utterly perfect, and the color is beautiful! I think I’ve fallen in love with these babies ;–)
Have a wonderful week! xx
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alexandra January 27, 2014

Aww thanks so much Consuelo – so sweet!
Have a fab week yourself. :)

Jess January 27, 2014

Omg, these look amazing! Love your photos- I really must try these! :)
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alexandra January 27, 2014

Thanks Jess! The frosting alone is worth trying – SO good!

Mary Frances January 27, 2014

The color of that frosting is gorgeous! Can I just eat that with a spoon??? Your photos are also beautiful; love the contrast of the dark cupcake and pink frosting. Seriously, your photos are so calming, with the colors and the cupcakes … and that is a little deep ;) Moving on! Love love love these cupcakes!
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alexandra January 27, 2014

Haha; the truth is, it’s super hard not to eat it with a spoon! Thank you so so much for the sweet compliments!

Jodee Weiland January 27, 2014

These cupcakes look absolutely delicious! I love chocolate and cream cheese frosting as well. I have to make these for Valentine’s Day as a gift to myself!
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Ashley January 27, 2014

These cupcakes sound awesome – love the sound of that cream cheese strawberry frosting! And those pretty doilies – just gorgeous in the photos!
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alexandra January 27, 2014

I remember that you made that strawberry frosting a while back, so I’m sure you would love this frosting! It’s the best part. :) Thanks Ashley!

Shannon Baas January 27, 2014

You’re a hit.

erin January 27, 2014

Those cupcakes look so good :) and I love minted cards!!

Shannon January 27, 2014

Love Day Foil Pressed is my favorite, what a treat!

Amy January 27, 2014

I’m a HUGE baseball fan, so the baseball card (“Valentine, you’re a hit!”) one melts my heart!
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Amy January 27, 2014

I needed to leave a separate comment (other than the entry to your fabulous giveaway) because OH MY GOODNESS I am in love with all of your props!! Your photos always look so classy and elegant. Where did you find your napkins, backdrops, and everything else you’ve ever used?? ;)
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alexandra January 27, 2014

Haha thanks Amy! I’ve made all of my backdrops and the napkins I have are from random places, mostly Sur la Table when they go on clearance, but also wherever I happen to see something I like. :) The one in the photo was actually something I have from my mom – not sure where it came from originally!

Amy January 28, 2014

Those little inherited pieces are the best! What wood did you use for creating your backdrops? I’m having difficulties finding lighter pieces that are easier to work with. Do you have any tutorials too? Thanks so much for your help Alexandra! :)
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alexandra January 29, 2014

For the board in these photos and a couple of others I have, I think I used strips of 1/4″ thick pine. I double-sided it though, so it ends up being 1/2″ thick. For those I followed this tutorial from Love and Olive Oil which was super helpful. I’ve also bought a 3/4″ thick solid wood board like you can see in these photos and these and I basically followed the same painting technique as with the others.I like making them larger because it allows more space for photos at different angles, so they aren’t exactly a breeze to move around, but it’s not a biggie.

Tracie Trump January 27, 2014

Love Valentine Your a Hit!, my fb is T Michelle Trump, my twitter is @tmt121172 and my pinterest is Tracie Trump

Paula Michele Hafner January 27, 2014

I like the Puppy Love Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards.

LaCindaB January 27, 2014

I like the Sunset Valentine’s card. And I love your recipe and photos, so pretty!

Rosanne January 27, 2014

I like Striped Love Valentine’s Day cards

Mere January 27, 2014

Here is my fav
“sealed with a kiss”
I love that it is simple and had foil. so cute!

Fran B January 28, 2014

Looks delicious!

Tari Lawson January 28, 2014

I like the heart and arrow classroom card.

Stephen Saunders January 28, 2014

I like the modern hearts card. Great looking recipe btw!

Cindy H January 28, 2014

I really like the Red Big XO cards!

robyn donnelly January 28, 2014

I love all the holiday cards. They are so adorable.

Cheryl B. January 28, 2014

I like the Puppy love Valentines.

sandra January 28, 2014

i like the Complete Love Valentine’s Day Cards

Kimberly Morgan January 28, 2014

I lurve Minted!! The Hearts a Flutter card is my fave – so sweet and simple!

Jason Vaughn January 28, 2014

The Puppy Love Classroom card is my favorite.
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Lisa P. January 28, 2014

I like the Purrfect Kitties Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards.
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Amanda Kinder January 28, 2014

I really like the Gone Dotty Valentine’s Day Cards. It’s pretty!

sathya priya January 28, 2014

Oh Ur clicks are taking me away .def this cake is worth the try …hmm i can smell something …Its the cake ?
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Tammie Venne January 28, 2014

heart snapshot mix

sathya priya January 28, 2014

I love cat cards ..
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Jenna M Osborne January 28, 2014

I like the Love is In The Air card

ELIZABETH C. January 28, 2014

I love the…..You make me smile Classroom Valentine’s Day Card. So cute !!

beth January 28, 2014

the purrfect kitties one

susan smoaks January 28, 2014

i would love to get the moving announcements.

PAIGE CHANDLER January 28, 2014

I like the Work of Art Valentines Card

Samantha January 28, 2014

I love the Sealed with a Kiss Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Cards!

Deb January 28, 2014

I like the “Off the Chart” card.

dina January 28, 2014

they look lovely!
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susan wiener January 28, 2014

luv their val. baseball card.

Kelly January 28, 2014

I like the happy love day postcards
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R.c. January 28, 2014
Rachel H. January 28, 2014

I love the Floral Love-Foiled pressed Valentine’s Day card design! So pretty.

Jacob LaFountaine January 28, 2014

I like the look of the happy valentine’s day foil-pressed valentine’s day cards. Not too fancy but not so boring to throw it out immediately

Jacqueline Weiskopff January 28, 2014

I love the personalized Valentine Day Cards. The Indie-Designed Valentine Photo cards are beautifully done.

Kia January 28, 2014

I love the XOXOXOX card with the picture of the little girl. Since I just had a new baby 2 weeks ago, I think my baby girl Paija will look precious on this.

Kia January 28, 2014

I love the Sealed with a kiss card. Since I just had a new baby 2 weeks ago, I think my baby girl Paija will look precious on this.

Katie Roch January 28, 2014

I really like the Sunset Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Cards from Minted.

Brittney House January 28, 2014

The sunset valentines day card is super cute.

Peggy Mays January 28, 2014

I love For Her…Beyond Measure Valentine Card

Stephanie Galbraith January 28, 2014

I like the love bandit classroom valentine’s day cards

Sky Evans January 28, 2014

I like Greenery Joy!

Stephanie Larison January 28, 2014

I like the Live, Laugh, Love Valentine’s Day Greeting Card

Angela P January 28, 2014

I love the classroom valentines. They would be cute for my daughter to hand out in school. And the personalized photo cards are pretty great too.

Michelle Fosnaugh January 28, 2014

I love minted! My mom uses them often, my favorite card was The Lovely type. Beautiful!

Keli January 28, 2014

My favorite Valentines day card is the Favorite Infographic Valentine’s Day Card. It would be perfect for my honey.

Jaime Cummings January 28, 2014

I really like Doodle Words Valentine’s Day Cards!

Sarah January 28, 2014

I love the Kisses and Hugs Valentine’s Day Card!
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Bena Wilbern January 28, 2014

I am a sucker for anything pink, so I would have to go with Handmade Love Valentine’s Day Cards by Annie Clark!

Penny Snyder January 29, 2014

Love the Happy Love Day Valentine’s Day Postcards
by b.wise papers

Jan Hammersmith January 29, 2014

sealed with a kiss card

Judith R. January 29, 2014

My favourite is the Bold XOXO Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Card featuring the little girl on the front.

Cristi January 29, 2014

I like the Sealed with a Kiss foil cards.

lisa bolduc January 29, 2014

I like the Lil Baby Love Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Cards

Julie bolduc January 29, 2014

I really like thr Schooner by BusyNothings

Ella Brooks January 29, 2014

Sunset Foil Pressed Valentines Card

Mihaela Day January 29, 2014

I love the Sunset Valentine cards :)

Chelsie Howsare January 29, 2014
Tara January 29, 2014

Tiny Hearts Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards is my favorite.

Stephanie January 29, 2014
Melanie Montgomery January 29, 2014

I like the Floral Love Valentines day postcards

Sarah Chaney January 29, 2014

The floral love card is so pretty

Ashley Fryer January 29, 2014

I love the Mermaid Classroom Valentine card

Sandi Tymchuk January 29, 2014

Love is in the Air Valentine’s Day card (a boy and his dog) would be loved by my husband!

H.E. DeLuna January 29, 2014

I like the initial heart journal cards.

Lauren-Olivia Wood January 29, 2014

I want the Love Bandit Valentine’s Day Cards!

brian scott January 29, 2014

Lovely Type Card

Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux January 29, 2014

The Love Bandit Classroom Valentine’s Day are so adorable

Wanda Bergman January 29, 2014

My favourite is: Love Day Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Card at

Helisa Duplassie January 29, 2014

Doodle Words Valentines Day cards :)

Kim January 29, 2014

i love the Doodle Words Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Cards

VICKIE H. January 29, 2014


Allison January 29, 2014

Valentine you’re a hit! That’s my favorite I think.

Jerome Royce January 29, 2014

I like the Floral Love Valentine’s Day Greeting Card.

michael parish January 29, 2014

i love those cupcakes

alexandra January 29, 2014

Thanks Michael!

liz l January 29, 2014

heart party valentine’s day greeting cards is my fav

tina reynolds January 29, 2014

I really like the kittie cat classroom ones for my daughter to give to friends

Wendi Carroll Shifflette January 29, 2014

I like the Short and Sweet Valentines Day card.

Emily Morelli January 29, 2014

My favorite cards are the Purrfect Kitties Classroom Valentine’s Day.

Beverly searles January 29, 2014

The mermaid for me classroom cards would be great for my childrens classes.

Beverly Metcalf January 29, 2014

I like the hugs, kisses and love Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day card. Thanks for having this contest.

alexandra January 29, 2014

You’re welcome!

Carl White January 29, 2014

I like the You’re A Hit baseball theme.

Liz Neal January 29, 2014

I like the Heart Party Valentine’s Day greeting card.

Sue J. January 29, 2014

I love the Purrfect Kitties Valentine’s Day Card!

Melissa L. January 29, 2014

I really like the layered heart classroom Valentine. So cute. Thanks for the giveaway1

JANET January 29, 2014

I like the floral LOVE valentine:)

Dawn S. January 29, 2014

I love the “Beyond Measure” cards!

May January 29, 2014

I love the Heart Party Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards!

Buddy Garrett January 29, 2014

The Little Dreamer is my favorite.

Gianna January 29, 2014

Sealed with a Kiss Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Cards.

Sasi February 5, 2014

I tried your recipe and it was a hit with my husband & kids.. Thanks a bunch for the detailed recipe! Your pictures are amazing!!!
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alexandra February 6, 2014

I’m so glad! Thanks you Sasi!

Bianca March 6, 2014

How much does the frosting make? Does it make enough for 20 servings at least ?

alexandra March 6, 2014

The frosting should make just about the amount needed for the cupcakes, if not a bit more. There wouldn’t be enough for 20 cupcakes.

april April 24, 2014

Frosting question…. do you discard the liquid from the strawberries after you let the sugar sit on them?

alexandra April 30, 2014

Nope! The idea is just to macerate them so they soften up before blending.

Joy April 26, 2014

This frosting will not firm up for me. But these did turn out super delicious!

alexandra April 30, 2014

Did you add the full amount of powdered sugar? If you did, and if you cooked the strawberry mixture until it was thick, I’m not sure why you would have a problem with the frosting setting. I’m glad you liked them anyway, though!

Marika September 7, 2014

Hi! Can I use strawberry preserve instead of fresh strawberries? Fresh ones are hard to come by this time of the year.
If I wanna make the strawberry cream cheese frosting ahead of time, how long will they keep in the fridge? I come from a tropical country. Will the frosting melt immediately after leaving the fridge? Psst there any way to make it more stable? :) Thanks in advance!

alexandra September 7, 2014

You definitely could make a frosting with strawberry preserves and leave out the fresh strawberries and granulated sugar. You might need more/less confectioner’s sugar depending on the consistency of the frosting as you make it. More confectioner’s sugar will yield a thicker and more stable frosting, but also a sweeter frosting. For that reason, I would suggest that you use a strawberry preserve that isn’t too sweet. The frosting won’t melt when you take it out of the fridge unless it’s in very warm temperatures for a long period of time. BUT, I would pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes right away, because frosting pipes best when it is fresh. Hope that helps!

Ramisa December 8, 2014

Can i make this into a cake? What different do i have to do for it? Please let me know asap :)
Thank youu, and these cupcakes look delicious.

alexandra December 8, 2014

I haven’t tried it myself, but if you were to try the recipe as a cake, I would at least double it to make two 8″-9″ layers, and you’ll also need to extend the baking time. It’s hard to say exactly how long it would need to bake (maybe 25-35 minutes), but the toothpick test will tell you whether the cake is done.

VickyVickyVicky May 24, 2016

Hello, The recipe looks fabulous!

I am attempting to make them and wondered if you could clarify about the “bread flour” called for in the cake batter? See, I also bake breads with many different kinds of milled flours… So do you mean unbleached white flour? Or do you mean self rising flour, which has leaveners in it? Or something else?

Any info helps. Thank you!


alexandra May 24, 2016

Bread flour is labeled as bread flour, it’s pretty common and is usually available in most grocery stores. It’s not the same as regular unbleached white or self-rising. It has a higher protein content than regular flour, which helps create more gluten, typically best for baking yeast breads. You do occasionally find it in other types of recipes though, like in these cupcakes.

Allison July 12, 2016

Any recommendations if strawberries are put of season? I was thinking of using a good thick jam or preserves. They’re in season right now but it’s for a future project.

Allison July 12, 2016

Nevermind….i didn’t read enough comments!

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