Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes

 

I get my baking inspiration from a huge range of sources, from a pin I see on Pinterest, to a dessert I try at a restaurant whilst abroad. This week’s inspiration was from a block of Lindt chocolate my mother gave me when I was feeling sick. “Chocolate is very therapeutic” she said (what a wise woman). The richly dark chocolate contrasted well with the sharp and fruity slivers of freeze dried strawberry. It was delicious and a flavour combo …

What you will need

1 cup plain flour

1 cup white sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 egg

½ cup milk

½ tbsp white vinegar

½ cup brewed coffee

¼ cup flavourless vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

½ punnet strawberries, finely chopped (around 1 cup)

Juice of ½ lemon

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp icing sugar (tailor this depending on how sweet your strawberries are)

120g butter, softened

4-6 cups icing sugar

½ cup milk, room temperature

1 tsp strawberry extract

Strawberries

Dark chocolate for dipping

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