chocolate strawberry shortcake cupcakes


whenever i have a weekday off i bake all day. today i made chocolate strawberry shortcake cupcakes, among a few other things (including mexican chocolate cake, but i'll save that for another post!)

for the cupcakes:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup hershey's cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 1/2 cup boiling water, reserved

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp. powdered sugar

preheat oven to 350ยบ F. combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. stir in the egg, milk, and oil and mix well. once mixed, add the boiling water and mix again. the batter will be very runny. pour into a cupcake tin lined with paper cups 3/4 full and bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

once cooled, cut the top from the cupcake and set aside.

mix the whipping cream and powdered sugar in a cold bowl (you can set in the freezer beforehand) until stiff peaks form. spoon a dollop on the top of each cupcake, add a few sliced strawberries, add the cupcake top, and then another spoonful of whipped cream and a small strawberry to top it off.

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