Strawberry

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberry Cupcakes

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Happy Valentine’s Day from hollicakes!

One of the most popular desserts on this romantic day are chocolate cover strawberries. Two of my favorite things. So I combined them into one fabulous cupcake!

First we’ll start with the easiest, almost-foolproof chocolate cupcakes ever!

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin trays with paper liners. (I made 1 dozen regular cupcakes & 2 dozen minis with this recipe)
2. Mix all ingredients together using a stand mixer, or just simply by hand.
3. Distribute evenly into liners, filling about 2/3 full (they rise quite a bit). Bake for 20-24 minutes, or when tops spring back when touched.
4. Cool cupcakes, then frost!

The main ingredients.

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All mixed up. I gave my mixer the day off and mixed this by hand!!

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Cooling by the window. I always wonder if people walking by outside can smell them =]

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Beautiful strawberries!

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I used half of them for the frosting and the other half for decoration!

So I didn’t love this Strawberry Buttercream recipe as much as I thought I would. But it was still pretty good! Thick almost like ice cream. I think next time I’ll try for a Strawberry Swiss Meringue variation.

Strawberry Buttercream

4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
6 ounces strawberries, pureed
2-5 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium speed until fluffy. Turn down speed and slowly add in powdered sugar, and continue mixing until well blended.
2. Add vanilla, pureed strawberries and cream/milk. Once combined, beat on high speed until frosting is fluffy. Frost away! Garnish with a chocolate-dipped-strawberry.


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I also made red velvet cake balls, and dipped some cute little strawberry heart marshmallows in chocolate as well. Anything sweet dipped in chocolate is always better. =] Then combined all the elements in my hollicakes Valentine’s boxes!

See!


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Find the recipe for these yummy cake balls at one of my favorite sites, Bakerella!

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Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day!

<3hollicakes


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Valentine's Day Trio<3




As if I haven’t done enough baking in the past week, I decided to feature 3 different flavors for this Valentine’s Day weekend!


Bee My Cherry - Chocolate Cherry cake topped with Honey Swiss Meringue Buttercream, then drizzled with chocolate!




Strawberries and Champagne - Strawberry cake topped with Champagne-Strawberry Buttercream and a white chocolate heart!




Berry Red Velvet - Raspberry Red Velvet cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting





If anyone is interested in ordering some Valentine’s Day cupcakes, shoot me an email at hollirisvold@yahoo.com or give me a call at 714-425-9031!

These special cupcakes are going for $30 per dozen or $2.50 each! =]


Have an amazing weekend everyone!
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4th of July Fusion.



Last 4th of July I went with a flag cupcake cake, so I knew this year I’d have to step it up and not do the same thing. I started thinking about red and white stripes and fireworks....

I decided on layers of red and white cake, tinted blue buttercream topped with sprinkles, strawberries and cute firework toppers.



I made simple white cake and red velvet cake batters, put them into piping bags, then alternated thin layers of each until the liners were about 2/3 full.



Wana bite of this?




And if you had to work on the 4th of July like I did, I feel your pain. So I brought some of these cupcakes to work, and they were gone within an hour! =]




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Cookies are good too...!




Everyone knows I love cupcakes, but cookies come in a close 2nd. So when I saw this recipe for Strawberry Milk Chipsters on Picky-Palate.com I knew I had to make a batch. The recipe calls for Nesquik Strawberry Milk Powder ( YUM ) and white chocolate chips. Sounds like a perfect combination to me. They were so simple too! Find the recipe
HERE!

All mixed up.










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Neapolitan Cupcakes

Starting off my Valentine's Cupcakes, I have been waiting for the perfect occasion to break out these neapolitan cupcakes! I used a recipe from HowToEatACupcake.net, and instead of side by side I did chocolate on the bottom, vanilla in the middle, and strawberry frosting on top! Just like those little ice cream sandwiches I used to eat when I was little.

Enjoy! =]



Chocolate first, then vanilla!


Into the oven...


Are they done yet?



My makeshift double boiler makes the best frosting.



Finished =]



Cupcake Tower. (Thanks Lauren and Jason!)



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