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Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes – We Should Cocoa #58

Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes | 21st June 2015 | By

When Kerry announced the theme for this month’s We Should Cocoa was going to be cupcakes, I was initially a little stumped. After all I have made many chocolate cupcakes in my time and was wondering what I could do that would be a little different.

A trip to our local co-op sorted me out. I spotted some British strawberries that were going at half price as they were a little past their best and the seed was sown. June is the strawberry season after all. Initially, I thought I’d have to pair them with white chocolate as the flavour might be lost in dark chocolate, but then I remembered the roasted strawberry ice-cream I made a couple of years ago. The roasted strawberries had a really intense flavour and I reckoned could easily stand up to the robust earthy notes of dark chocolate. How right I was.

Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes

With my super new red KitchenAid staring at me, I decided I’d try making Italian buttercream. As a stand mixer is needed for this  it hadn’t really been possible for me before. To make this type of buttercream you need to whip up egg whites, make a hot sugar syrup and slowly trickle this into the egg whites as they continue whipping. The butter is then added bit by bit to make a very light and silken buttercream – or so I’m told. I rather over ambitiously, for a first attempt, decided to add some of my roasted strawberries to give flavour and a bright pink colour. That’s where it all went sadly wrong. The mixture split and went watery and no amount of beating would bring it back together again. In the end I saved it by warming it slowly in a pan with some arrowroot and stirring until it came to a near boil. This was fine and tasted delicious, but it didn’t have the texture I’d been looking for and it certainly didn’t have the colour. So the recipe below is for the cakes only and I leave you to decide what you want to put on top – if anything!

Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Cakes
Yields 12
Individual chocolate cakes flavoured with intense roasted strawberry purée. Icing is optional, but one with roasted strawberry purée incorporated into it would be fantastic.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Strawberry Purée
  1. 300g ripe strawberries
  2. 1 tbsp cider vinegar
Cakes
  1. 125g unsalted butter
  2. 125g light brown muscovado sugar
  3. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  4. 150g flour (half wholemeal, half plain white)
  5. 50g 70% ground chocolate (I used Mortimer pure dark chocolate powder from Ecuador)
  6. 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  7. 3 tbsp strawberry purée
Strawberry Purée
  1. Wash and hull the strawberries.
  2. Place in a single layer in roasting dish with the cider vinegar and roast at 150°C in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool then blitz with a stick blender.
Cakes
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.
  2. Beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour if the mixture curdles.
  3. Sieve in the dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined along with the chocolate.
  4. Fold in the strawberry.
  5. Divide the mixture between 12 lined muffin moulds.
  6. Bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes, when the cakes should be well risen and firm to the touch.
  7. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Ice if desired.
Notes
  1. Cooking time does not include roasting the strawberries, which takes around 40 minutes.
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We Should CocoaThanks to Kerry over at Kerry Cooks for hosting We Should Cocoa and choosing cupcakes, thus enabling me to come up with these very tasty cakes. I may have to work on the icing, but the roasted strawberry cake itself needs no improvement.

 

Tea Time TreatsAs muffins, fairy cakes and cupcakes are the theme for Tea Time Treats this month over at Lavender and Lovage, I am sending these off to Karen’s ever groaning tea table. This event is co-hosted at The Hedge Combers.

 

Simply EggcellentAnything goes for Simply Eggcellent with the Dashing Dom over at Belleau Kitchen this month. So he’s getting the roasted strawberry cakes with defunct icing.

 

 

Love Cake LogoMidsummer Madness is the theme for Love Cake over at Jibber Jabber UK this month. Well I certainly got mad when I couldn’t get my Italian buttercream to work and as it was posted on Midsummer’s day and features midsummer roasted strawberries, I reckon these are eminently eligible.

 

Bake of the Week LogoAnd last but not least, these go off to Helen at Casa Costello for Bake of the Week.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    21st June 2015

    roast strawberries and chocolate sounds great – I feel a bit the same about cupcakes – esp as I am more into muffins than cupcakes – have made a few muffins lately but am struggling to find some cupcake space in my life (despite good intentions with the WSC theme). Shame your kitchen aid couldn’t help with the frosting but it does look beautiful in the photos

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      Choclette
      21st June 2015

      I don’t think I can blame the KitchenAid for my buttercream fail Johanna, it was me being too impatient – hey ho! You’ve still got a few days left for WSC, so you never know, you might find inspiration from somewhere.

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    the caked crusader
    21st June 2015

    Your kitchenaid is the same as mine!
    I am not a huge fan of fruit and chocolate together BUT, my fave pairing is either pear or strawberry with chocolate, so these would hit the spot with me!

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      Choclette
      21st June 2015

      Hey CC, you’re back. Lovely to hear from you. I’m glad you approve of the cakes AND the KitchenAid 🙂

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      Choclette
      22nd June 2015

      Thank you Angie, raspberries and white chocolate make for a good combination to be sure, but possibly not one to be indulged in too often 🙂

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      Choclette
      22nd June 2015

      Well that’s three of us. Maybe we should form the red KA club. Roasting the strawberries, really brings out their flavour and is particularly good for those that are a bit insipid.

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    Kath
    22nd June 2015

    Ooh roasted strawberries and chocolate. How lovely. I have always avoided Italian meringue fearing it might be a step too far. Maybe I am right. x

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      Choclette
      22nd June 2015

      The trick Kath, is not to follow in my footsteps and actually stick to a trusted recipe. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for next time I try.

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    Nayna Kanabar
    22nd June 2015

    I have never thought to roast strawberries, a totally new concept. I may try it as it sounds unusual.

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      Choclette
      22nd June 2015

      It really brings out the flavour Nayna and is especially good for those that don’t have a great deal. You can always add a little sweetener to it too.

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    Dom
    23rd June 2015

    oh I adore roasted strawberries! There’s something about that gentle roasting that brings out the strawberry flavour even more. These cupcakes are just too cute and a lovely and a fab entry for Simply Eggcellent for which I thank you!

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      Choclette
      23rd June 2015

      Things like roasted strawberries is what makes this blogging malarkey so worthwhile Dom.

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      Choclette
      23rd June 2015

      Ah yes Emma, cherries and chocolate are a classic that I’ve rather surprisingly not dipped into much.

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    Claire @foodiequine
    23rd June 2015

    Fab recipe but I’m more excited by your RED Kitchen Aid. So please that you got to choose the colour after all.

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      Choclette
      24th June 2015

      Thanks Claire. Yes it was a complete surprise when a RED one arrived – love it 😀

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    Camilla
    24th June 2015

    Love these cupcakes they look utterly divine and I bet they taste out of this world too:-)

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      Choclette
      24th June 2015

      Thank you Camilla, that’s very kind of you. They may not have looked quite as I’d imagined, but they tasted great.

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      Choclette
      24th June 2015

      I found it quite an exciting concept when I first came across it Vicki. And thank you for being kind about my icing 😉

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    24th June 2015

    Oh yes do pass me one Choclette. Chocolate and strawberries are great together. Stumbled, tweeted and pinned.

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    Janie
    24th June 2015

    Sad for you that the buttercream split, although I’d never heard of the Italian variety before. Do give me a shout next time you give it a go 😉
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      25th June 2015

      Haha Janie, I can see you dashing towards me on your white charger, whisk in hand – great pic 🙂

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    24th June 2015

    Oh wow, I’m drooling at the mere thought of roasted strawberries! They disappear quickly enough in this house – I’m going to have to but triple the amount! Sorry your frosting didn’t work – happens to us all. Thanks once again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

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      Choclette
      25th June 2015

      Roasting strawberries is quite a revelation Helen. I think I only ever had them cooked in jam before. As for the icing, I will just have to pick my spoon up and try again.

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    Jo
    25th June 2015

    Roasted strawberries and chocolate – yummy!!

    Sorry to hear about the italian buttercream though. If it makes you feel any better, the last (and only) time I made italian buttercream I accidently used salted butter instead of unsalted and it tasted VILE! So oily and salty. Glad to hear you managed to rescue your icing!

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      Choclette
      25th June 2015

      Hmm, maybe we both need to try it again Jo. Not sure I like the idea of oily, but I keep hearing such good things about it.

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    Kerry @ Kerry Cooks
    25th June 2015

    Ooh roasted strawberries – how interesting! Will definitely have to give this a go! Thanks for entering #weshouldcocoa 🙂

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      Choclette
      25th June 2015

      Roasted strawberries must be tried at least once and then of course you’ll want to do it again Kerry 😉

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    Ness
    25th June 2015

    I often wonder what to do over ripe strawberries. I have a lot in the garden at the moment so we just pick and eat them but the shop bought ones turn so quickly. Strawberries and chocolate is always a great combination.

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      Choclette
      26th June 2015

      Ooh I am so envious of your lots in the garden Ness. I had 8 this year! And you’re right, the best thing to do with homegrown strawberries is to just eat them 🙂

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    28th June 2015

    I love roasted strawberries….. Every year I make and freeze plenty to get me through the winter.
    Your cupcakes sound delicious! Nice use for them……
    I managed to run out of time for We Should Cocoa this month! Never mind….. there is always July!

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      Choclette
      29th June 2015

      Oh yes Kate, what a good idea to roast strawberries and freeze them for the winter months. Next batch is going in the freezer. And I look forward to your July We Should Cocoa entry, although I still haven’t decided what it’s going to be!

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    Krystle
    10th July 2015

    Love chocolate and strawberries together. These look amazing!

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      Choclette
      10th July 2015

      Thank you Krystie. I agree, chocolate and strawberries together are gorgeous.

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