Strawberry Cupcakes With Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

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For the Strawberry Cupcakes [Makes about 18 cupcakes]

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1.5 sticks unsalted butter[ at room temperature]
  • 3/4 cup pureed strawberries [frozen/fresh]
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-2 drops of red/pink food color depending on how pink you want your cupcakes

For the Chocolate Frosting  
  • 2.5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2  cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp of milk or as required to thin out the frosting.

[For the Cupcakes]
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.Line your cupcakes pan with cases or grease thoroughly.
  • I like to strain out the pureed strawberries through a sieve once.You can skip this step if you do not want to.
  • In a medium bowl sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the softened butter with the pureed strawberry until mixed.
  • Add the flour mix to the butter mix and blend until fluffy.The batter will be thick
  • In another bowl,beat egg whites, milk, vanilla extract and food color until light and fluffy.
  • Fold in the whisked egg whites into the batter, divided.Keep mixing gently until whole of it is incorporated.D
  • Using your cookie/ice-cream scoop, fill the cupcake pan about 3/4 full.
  •  Bake 18 – 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.Mine took 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the cupcakes to the rack for cooling.Let cool completely before frosting

Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting
On a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips.Mix the vanilla extract and let them cool to room temperature.Cream softened butter and sour cream until well blended.Blend in melted and cooled chocolate chips until smooth.Add confectioner’s sugar and beat well.Add a teaspoon of  milk at a time until desired, spreadable consistency is reached.

Enjoy and Thanks for stopping by!

65 thoughts on “Strawberry Cupcakes With Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

  1. OOO, these look SO good. The frosting looks so luscious…
    And I love the photographs…seriously, your photography is getting better and better by the post. Amazing…

  2. Congratulations on 100th post Tanvi! What a great recipe to celebrate it. Your pictures are all awesome! I’m glad to find your website and enjoy every post Tanvi. Keep it going and I can’t wait to see your 1 year anniversary post. Haha.

  3. Congratulations Tanvi. 100 posts is quite a feat. Maay there be many more. I’m so glad you decided to continue with blogging and that I stumbled across your blog. The cupcakes look moist and airy. Might have to try this version for M as she continues her love affair with strawberries.

  4. Love the recipe ! will def. try it ! Trying to think of a good mango dish ! maybe will try mango cake cuz its the alphonso season in the UAE 😀

  5. Wow I never would have guessed you posted 100 times, it seems like 1000 with how awesome the content is!! The sour cream frosting sounds so perfect for the cupcakes!!!

  6. YAY 100th post in 9th months is awsm 🙂 Go gurl.. keep rocking !! These cup cakes looks super super yummy and so neat . perfectly baked!

  7. Tanvi, first, congratulations on your 100th post, and second…I am glad that you kept going on…I enjoy visiting you every week. And this strawberry cupcake with chocolate frosting is one of the reason that I enjoy visiting you site…always great recipes and awesome pictures. Hope you have a great week ahead 🙂

  8. These are just delightful. They look beautiful and I’m sure they are delicious. Congratulations on the 100th post. It is a blogging milestone. I plan to be here for post 1000. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. Congrats on your100th Post dear. Loved the cup cakes. They look awesome. At this rate you can easily surpass 1000th delicious posts in a short span.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. That’s a milestone in some record time! Don’t ever ask me – I’m so so so so slow. Happy 100th post sweetheart. Those cupcakes look so lovely – I wish you could send some over! Specially the sour cream chocolate frosting – YUM!

  11. These sound so good! What a lovely recipe! I’ll bet tastes as good as it looks..simply love the frosting..
    Congrats on your 100th post..wish you many many more..keep blogging..

  12. I LOVE THOSE CUPCAKES! They really look wonderful and I am torn between looking at them or eating them! Great job 🙂 Congrats on your 100th post.

  13. your cupcakes are so pretty! i want one! and wooohoooooooo for 100 posts- way to go! looking forward to many many more post from you. 😀

  14. Tanvi! What an ode to Spring! The shapes, the colours, the artful design and placement of everything is absolutely beautiful. The light centre of the sliced berry matches the pink of the cake and the red papers with the red berries and the pointy tipped icing mirroring the pointy tipped berries – then the napkins. I am in awe! Clearly, I have missed so so so so much being “away”…I am truly, honestly, so sorry and so sad that I have missed reading your posts over the last two months. I would see them come into my e-mail, and delete them – with a heavy heart, daily. I didn’t at first, but it became apparent I could never catch up. I am thrilled to be participating in the planning of an important local slow food conference in our area which has taken up way more time than I ever imagined it would. Important work, but I really miss the relationships I have developed through blogging and know there will be a hole from what I have missed these past two months. I have published only three posts since February, so I am eager to cook, entertain, read, and write. Happy Easter and Spring to you and your wonderful clearly extremely fortunate (already knew that family!

  15. Congratulations on your 100th post! How exciting. The strawberry cupcakes look so moist and fluffy. The chocolate frosting looks amazingly rich and decadent. I have no doubt they will be a favorite around here once I bake them up. Thank you!

  16. Gorgeous! They look really great. I wanna try this and feed my husband who just doesn’t like strawberries (can u believe that?)…let me see if he can say no to this!

  17. Tanvi, I love your blog – I love the recipes & the way you weave the stories of your family into each post. 100 posts is a milestone for sure. Strawberry cupcakes are always a winner, your look & sound delicious 🙂

  18. Congratulations for your 100th post 🙂
    These cupcakes are the most beautiful I have seen in a long time: I love everything: the lovely pink colour, strawberries and OMG, the choco topping!!

  19. That’s what i call, pure indulgence….looks drool worthy…love to lick that frosting before digging into moist cup cake…love the color and flavour too….Congrats on milestone post….keep rocking…

  20. Congratulations, Tanvi! I only recently discovered your blog, but I am totally hooked. Your beautiful photos always me make drool over your food, as do your recipes. I hope you have banned all thoughts of discontinuing your blog from your mind for good! Oh, and I wish I could have been at that block party, because these cupcakes look phenomenal. 🙂

  21. Oh what a lovely post. Congratulations on your 100th post! It is a great community here, isn’t it? I am glad to be following your blog, you have great recipes and great stories. To Many 100ths! 🙂 Love, ilke

  22. I am SO glad you decided to keep blogging because I always love coming here and seeing what beautiful food you’ve created! These cupcakes look delicious…certainly the perfect way to celebrate!

    And I’m so excited, I just posted a mango-infused dessert so I can enter the smackdown! yay!

  23. Congrats on your 100th! As always, pictures are GREAT and so drool worthy. I really want to try this but make the cupcakes mini for a party I am going to host in few weeks.

  24. congrats girlie…u are def one of the good photographers ive come across…may u have many more awesome milestones and i must say the cakes have come out beautifully and the frosting even yummier..slurrrp

  25. These are some delightful pictures as always. I can visit your blog just to look at the pictures! Everything looks so mindblowingly exotic and yet you make it sound all so simple!

  26. I saw your photo on foodgawker and wanted to say congrats on the 100 posts!! These cupcakes are a sinfully delicious way to celebrate, what a wonderful idea to combine the strawberry cupcake with the chocolate frosting, who doesn’t like chocolate dipped strawberries?? Congrats again on your 100. Your photos are simply beautiful!

  27. Hi Tanvi, Congratulations for ur 100th post. A lovely way to celebrate the event full day with these gorgeous strawbery cupcakes. This is looking absolutely delightful. Have a great day …Regards, Sonia !!!

  28. Yay! Congrats on hitting 100! I’m glad you kept the blog going, you’d be sorely missed! These cupcakes look so good. Oh how I love strawberry season because we’re blessed with beautiful creations such as this one!

  29. Wow! How gorgeous are those.
    I love chocolate and strawberries and I can’t believe I never thought of making cupcakes like this. It won’t last long though…I’m sure these will be coming out of my oven this weekend!

  30. Oh Tanvi :). I have this huge smile on my face because you know I adore your cupcakes and these strawberry cupcakes look divine. I sooooo want sweets now. See what you did lol. Enjoy the movies this weekend girl.

  31. This recipe has me thinking about all the fun girly things I could be doing while eating these! Watching Marie Antoinette, perhaps?

  32. Thank you so much for this recipe, they taste amazing… Sadly however mine cracked on top… These were my very first batch of cupcakes, and although I have advanced skills in the kitchen, I am very amateur when it comes to baking 🙁 Please, are there any tips you can give me that will ensure that my cupcakes are smooth on top like yours are in your photos??? I made them for my 4 year olds ‘fairy themed’ birthday party and I wanted to make something other than a boring cake! But i’m a bit of a perfectionist and they haven’t turned out as pretty as yours. What is your secret?? Please help??? Sarah from New Zealand <3 XX

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for trying out.Arent they tasty? 🙂 Thats sad that the batch you baked for your son’s party cracked.Frankly, I have never faced that sort of a problem of tops cracking up.Normally,it is when the cupcake rises too fast while baking and is unable to support itself on the sides of the pan.Did you use foil liners or greased the pan instead of using liners? Both foil and the metal pan heat up quickly leading to fast baking on the outer sides.Second reason could be that there were pieces in the puree that you made?.Sometimes overmixing/beating the batter could lead to batter being too wet and not able to hold shape.I also suggest next time you try to bake with a lower temp like 325F.You will agree that each one of us had different oven settings,it might be a case that your oven was too hot.
      I hope this helps.I have tried my best to think of possible reasons.I m no expert in baking either 🙂 Thank you so much again.

  33. Hey congrats on your 100th post!!! Looking fwd to many more to come! I’ve also recently reached the 100 mark (altho only noticed it when i reached 101th post lol). this strawberry + choc is quite a combo but i never imagined it in cupcake form! this is pretty awesome and i love the cross section photo!!

  34. Thanks Tanvi…

    I think my oven was too hot, i’m going to make another batch in the morning and put it on a lower heat… We use celsius ovens in NZ, I did do the conversion but obv my fan forced oven was too hot.. They taste great however the icing I made was far too runny so I made a buttercream instead 🙂 Thanks for answering my question 😀 Ihave bookmarked your blog so will def be back for more.. Take care 🙂

  35. Congrats on your 100th post! I’m fairly new to the food blogging world, but it is so much fun, I look forward to my 100th post! These cupcakes look so awesome, and the pictures are lovely! I’m becoming addicted to baking cupcakes, and love all the wonderful variations I’m finding online!

  36. The cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous little cupcakes! I made these for my family and they turned out as good as yours. Very delicious indeed!! Great recipe and congrats on your 100th post!!!! Those beautiful cupcakes are the best, absolutely pure indulgence!!

  37. I’m wondering how well the frosting keeps its shape, does it get a little runny if not refrigerated? I just need to make some cupcakes and take them somewhere where they will just be sitting at room temperature for 3-4 hours. Will the frosting start melting? Thank you!

    1. Hi Trimble,
      This frosting does get runny after about 1 hour so I would not recommend keeping the cupcakes unrefrigerated.

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