- Cooking Time: 18-20
- Servings: 24
- Preparation Time: 15
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup baking cocoa (Scharffen Berger preferred)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups fresh strawberries pureed
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Champagne Frosting:
- ½ Cup Butter – Room Temperature
- 8oz Cream Cheese - Room Temperature
- ¼ cup (or more) Champagne
- Dash of Salt
- 3 to 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees (F).
- Place 24 liners in cupcake pan.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and whisk to blend.
- In a third small bowl, combine buttermilk and water together and set aside.
- Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk mixture (be sure not to overbeat after flour is added).
- Fill paper lined cupcake pan with large ice cream scoop.
- Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 18 to 20 minutes.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
- Place on wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
- Filling: Place small sauce pan on stovetop and put on medium heat, add strawberries and sugar, bring to slight boil.
- In a separate small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until no lumps. Add cornstarch mixture to pan and keep on medium low heat for about a minute. Cool completely before use.
- Champagne Frosting: With paddle attachment, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add salt and 2 cups powdered sugar. Slowly beat in until smooth, add champagne and mix. Add remaining sugar until smooth. Adjust sugar for consistency variances depending on desired outcome of frosting. Frost.
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NotesThis recipe idea came to me by taking the three most tantalizing tastes that remind me of love. What is better than chocolate, strawberry's and champagne? So I took all three and thought of a creative way to make this into one of our most flavorful cupcakes.
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