Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

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These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes are made with a moist chocolate cupcake recipe, fresh strawberry frosting and delicious chocolate covered strawberries.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes - easy to make and perfect for Valentine's Day!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes on stand close up

I can’t believe that I’m already talking about Valentine’s Day. It feels like I’ve barely moved on from Christmas and New Year’s. But alas, it’s just around the corner and I’m here to help with a fun and tasty treat.

These cupcakes are like having two delicious treats in one! Between the chocolate covered strawberries and the cupcakes themselves, I’m not sure which I’m most excited about. I’ve always been a big fan of strawberries, so it comes as no surprise to me that the chocolate covered strawberries barely made it onto the tops of the cupcakes. I intentionally made extras but between the hubs and I, we could’ve eaten them all.

And when you add them to the top of these cupcakes, they really are the perfect treat. I don’t make chocolate covered strawberries at home often, but after making these, I definitely need to. Not hard at all to make and quite quick. Not to mention that they are much less expensive than buying them already made.

I decorated them with some drizzled pink chocolate, but sprinkles would also be a fun addition.

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The cupcakes themselves start with my favorite chocolate cupcakes. The batter is the easiest to put together and the cupcake is super moist and so chocolatey. Don’t be alarmed by the thin batter – that’s how it’s supposed to be. They bake at a lower temperature than normal and turn out amazing.

The strawberry frosting is made with fresh strawberries. Toss the strawberries into a food processor to create the puree, then strain it through a fine mess sieve to remove the seeds and pulp. You don’t have to strain it, but it gives a more uniform look to the frosting if you do.

One thing to keep in mind about the frosting is that in order to get a good strawberry flavor, you need strawberries with good flavor. Not all strawberries are created equal. The better their flavor, the better the frosting. If you find the flavor isn’t quite as strong as you like, you can always add a little more puree, you just don’t want to thin out the frosting too much. You could also add a little strawberry extract to beef up the flavor without thinning it out too much, if needed.

The final cupcake is super moist, full of flavor and two treats in one! It’s the perfect way to spoil your love on Valentine’s Day. 🙂

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes made with moist chocolate cupcake, strawberry frosting & chocolate covered strawberries! A Valentines Day recipe win!





  • 1 cup (130g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cups (207g) sugar
  • 6 tbsp (43g) Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) hot water


  • 3/4 cup (149g) chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • Pink/red gel icing color, optional


1. To make the chocolate covered strawberries, place the dark chocolate melting wafers into a small bowl and melt according to package instructions.
2. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, shaking off the excess chocolate, then place on parchment paper to dry.
3. Place the white chocolate melting wafers into a small bowl and melt according to package instructions. 4. Add some pink or red gel icing color and stir to combine. Add a small amount at a time until you have your desired shade of pink.
5. Drizzle the pink chocolate over the chocolate covered strawberries and allow to dry. Refrigerate strawberries until ready to use.
6. To make the cupcakes, preheat oven to 300°F (148°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
7. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
8. Combine the egg, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla in another medium sized bowl.
9. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
10. Add the water to the batter and mix until well combined. Batter will be thin.
11. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
12. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
13. To make the frosting, add the chopped strawberries to a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the strawberry puree through a fine mesh sieve. Set puree aside.
14. Beat the butter and shortening together in a large mixer bowl until well combined and smooth.
15. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
16. Add 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree and mix until well combined
17. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
18. Add the remaining strawberry puree as needed to get the right consistency of frosting and flavor.
19. Add pink or red gel icing color until you have your desired shade of pink frosting.
20. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. I used Ateco tip 844.
21. Top each cupcake with a chocolate covered strawberry

* I used Ghirardelli chocolate wafers, but you can also use Wilton candy melts, Candiquick or whatever your preference.

Keywords: valentines day dessert recipe, valentines day cupcakes, strawberry frosting, strawberry dessert recipe, easy strawberry dessert, chocolate cupcakes, easy chocolate cupcakes, romantic dessert idea


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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes - easy to make and perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  1. Lynn M.

    OMGosh…you never fail to make me drool! Love beautiful! A must try for me for Valentine’s day treat. Family will enjoy this one for sure!

  2. Dinene

    Hi, can an extra half cup of butter be used in place of the shortening. Or is it important to use the shortening to get better results? Thanks so much. I love your blog and always look forward to the next recipe or story.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, you can definitely use all butter. If you’re curious about why I use the shortening, you can read about it here. 🙂 So glad to hear you enjoy the site – thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m sorry, it’s been fixed. I’ve actually used both regular milk and buttermilk in this recipe, so either would be fine.

    2. Lauralyn

      Oh my, I made these as an end-of-year treat for my preschool students, and they turned out fabulous! The cupcake was soooo moist, and the strawberry frosting is the perfect pairing. Delicious!

  3. Kathleen Sacoman

    Oh my goodness these look delicious!  I stumbled across your blog looking for cupcake recipes on Pinterest and am so glad I did! I’ve always been hesitant to use shortening in frosting but did after I read your post about it and now I’m hooked.  And I know what you mean about the chocolate covered strawberries.  I don’t think many would have made it on the cupcakes for me, either.  Beautiful job!

      1. Amanda

        These were delicious! My two boys loved the cupcakes, even without the strawberry buttercream! If I wanted to use this recipe to make a cake, what suggestions would you make as far as oven temp and baking time?

  4. Jan A Bissonette

    Hi Lyndsay,
    How are you and the babes doing? Have you been regulated to bed rest? I haven’t heard or read any updates. Hope all is well.
    I just put your cupcakes in the oven a nd now I am going to make the frosting. I know these will be great. The batter was thin like you said but I’ve made cake with thin batter and it turned out okay.
    Thanks for a really great recipe.
    Jan Bissonette

    1. Lindsay

      Hi Jan, the last full update was on Christmas. 🙂 Since then, things have been fine. The babies are still doing well and progressing. We start with two doctors appointments a week this week to keep a close eye on them as we near the end. Scheduled delivery is February 8, assuming things continue looking good and I don’t go into early labor.
      In the home stretch!

      I hope you enjoy the cupcakes! 🙂

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