Perfect Party Cupcakes

I made these Marbled Cupcakes for a birthday party about a week ago, and to say they were a hit is an understatement! The vanilla and chocolate blend was perfect and the strawberry frosting gave the cupcakes a nice fruity touch (without being too sugary). I used a 1M tip to decorate them, but feel free to get creative and experiment!

Ingredients for Cupcakes (modified from The Steamy Kitchen ) :

  • 4 oz. chocolate chips
  • 8 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Ingredients for Frosting (modified from All Recipes  ):

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:

First melt together the chocolate chips and 2 tbsp. of the canola oil; set aside. Combine the rest of the oil, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture into the liquid mixture, mixing well.

Separate the mixture into two halves. In one half pour the chocolate mixture and stir until combined.

In cupcake liners, spoon the mixture into each liner, alternating between the vanilla and chocolate mixture. Take a toothpick and gently stir to make the cupcakes marbled. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.

To make the frosting, place the strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the strawberry puree into a saucepan and, stirring often, bring to a boil over medium heat. Once the puree has been reduced by half, remove from the heat and cool.

While the puree is cooling, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add about 1 cup of the powdered sugar and blend together. Then add 2-3 tbsp. of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract and beat until combine. Add the rest of the sugar and, depending on the consistency you want, you may need to add more of the puree. Refrigerate until use.

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost them in anyway you desire!

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