Whenever I think of Valentine’s Day I think of chocolate covered strawberries so I decided to make a cupcake based around this and voila!

The cupcake is chocolate flavoured and the buttercream is strawberry flavoured and of course it is decorated with a chocolate strawberry.

I thought these would be super easy to make in time for Valentine’s Day whether you would like to share them with your partner, friends or work colleagues.

I personally shared them with my colleagues and they absolutely loved them.

For the cupcake, I used Light Brown Sugar you can use Caster Sugar if you would prefer I just find the brown sugar gives it more of a caramelly taste which works well with chocolate cake.

For the buttercream, I used Strawberry flavouring and pink food colouring.

You could of course switch it round and have strawberry cupcakes and chocolate buttercream. If you would prefer to do this just don’t use the cocoa powder in the cupcakes and swap the light brown sugar for caster sugar and add 1tbsp of strawberry flavouring.

The Sprinkles I used on these cupcakes are Twinkle Sprinkle by Sweetapolita you can buy them here. These aren’t necessarily Valentines themed sprinkles but I thought they looked really pretty on these cupcakes and went well with the pink buttercream.

For the buttercream use 465g of icing sugar 35g of cocoa powder, 250g of unsalted butter and a teaspoon or two of milk to make it super creamy. If you have any questions you can send me an email at aspoonfulofvanilla@outlook.com or leave me a comment below.

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This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

Shopping List
For the Chocolate Covered Strawberries
200g Dark Chocolate
12 Strawberries 
For the Cupcakes
145g Unsalted Butter/Stork
145g Light Brown Sugar
145g Self-Raising Flour
35g Cocoa Powder
3 Medium Eggs
1tsp Baking Powder
For the Buttercream
500g Icing Sugar
250g Unsalted Butter
2tsp Strawberry Flavouring
Pink Food Colouring

To make the Chocolate covered Strawberries

  1. Cover a flat oven tray with greaseproof paper and leave to one side.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave on 20-second bursts, stirring in between until completely melted. If you don’t have a microwave you can place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and put over a pot of simmering water until completely melted.
  3. Wash the Strawberries and when the chocolate has melted dip the strawberries into the chocolate until they are completely covered put them on the oven tray from earlier and pop them into the fridge.

To make the Cupcakes

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C Fan (170C). Line a cupcake/muffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
  2. In a bowl mix together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, eggs and baking powder and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are completely cooked. You will know this because the top of the cupcake will spring back when touched or a skewer inserted into the middle of the cupcake will come out clean.
  4. Leave to one side to cool.

To make the Buttercream

  1. While the cupcakes are cooling you can make the buttercream. In a bowl mix together the icing sugar and butter until combined. Add in the strawberry flavouring and pink food colouring.
  2. If the mixture is quite thick you can add a teaspoon of milk to the buttercream until it is your desired consistency.
  3. Pipe the buttercream onto the top of the cupcake. I use a Wilton 1M piping tip.
  4. Decorate with some sprinkles and your chocolate strawberries from earlier.


Light Brown Sugar – I use Billingtons

Unsalted Butter/Stork – I use Stork in my cupcake batter and a block of unsalted butter, usually a supermarket own brand. You can use Stork in your buttercream if you would prefer but I tend to think that it makes the buttercream too soft.

Self-Rasing Flour – I use a supermarket own brand.

Cocoa Powder – I use a supermarket own brand.

Baking Powder – I use Dr Oetker

Icing Sugar – I use Silver Spoon.

Unsalted Butter – I used a supermarket own brand.

Strawberry Flavouring – I use a supermarket own brand

Food Colouring – I use pro gel which you can find here

Sprinkles – I couldn’t possibly forget the sprinkles I used these ones from Sweetapolita

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it please tag aspoonfulofvanilla on Instagram so I can see them. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Also you can leave me a comment at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think of this recipe.


  • allofbritnee

    7 February 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Omg these look delicious!!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 February 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you!

  • Zoey @ Anthropological Artistry

    8 February 2020 at 12:01 am

    These look so good and are absolutely adorable! 😍 Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 February 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you!

  • bournemouthgirl

    8 February 2020 at 9:08 pm

    These look and sounds really yummy!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      9 February 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kyra | lovekyra.co.uk

    8 February 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I love chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate cake so these look an absolute dream!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      9 February 2020 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you!

  • Brenda

    8 February 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Okay….so all I can say…is you had me at cupcake and then you threw in strawberries and chocolate. Be still my heart!! I can’t wait to try this!! 🙂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      9 February 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Chocolate strawberries are my absolute favourite and the only thing better than chocolate strawberries is chocolate strawberries on cupcakes!

  • solidparent

    9 February 2020 at 12:14 am

    These look and sound delicious! I think I will be making these for my family this valentines day!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      9 February 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you! They would be perfet to share with your family for Valentines Day!

  • Three Little Z’s

    9 February 2020 at 11:23 pm

    These look deeeelish 😍

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      10 February 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you!

  • Life Travel Soul

    10 February 2020 at 1:08 am

    My two favorite cupcakes in one! These look really delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      10 February 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you! These are definitely one of my favourite bakes!

  • jenrosewrites

    10 February 2020 at 7:57 am

    These look gorgeous!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      10 February 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you!

  • Victoria

    10 February 2020 at 8:28 am

    Wow these look amazing and what a perfect idea for Valentine’s Day. They look so delicious, my belly is rumbling haha!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      10 February 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you! Whenever I think of Valentines Day one of the first things that pops into my head is Chocolate Strawberries! I am sorry I have made you hungry! haha

  • lindapurcell724gmailcom

    10 February 2020 at 7:00 pm

    They look so cute and yummy.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      10 February 2020 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you!

  • BeccaLois Blogs

    11 February 2020 at 1:19 pm

    These look delicious! I baked my boyfriend cakes for Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago and might bring the tradition back this year!

    Becca x | http://www.beccaloisblogs.co.uk

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      11 February 2020 at 9:06 pm

      What a lucky guy you shoudl definitely bring that tradition back! What kind of cakes did you make before for him?

      1. BeccaLois Blogs

        12 February 2020 at 1:48 pm

        Carrot cake – his favourite! Took me ages though!

        1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

          12 February 2020 at 8:33 pm

          Oh I like carrot cake too! These cupcakes shouldn’t take long, once you mix the ingredients they take just under 20min in the oven then you just need to decorate them!

  • Michelle

    12 February 2020 at 2:14 pm

    These sound delicious!!!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      12 February 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • Lellalee

    13 February 2020 at 10:27 pm

    These look totally delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe which I’ll definitely be trying out!!!xxx

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 February 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • I’m All Booked Up YA

    14 February 2020 at 1:33 am

    These are so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 February 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you!

  • nortoncharity

    15 February 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Oh my goodness these look devine! I need to use my chocolate covered strawberries I made yesterday and make these cupcakes to go with them!!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:33 pm

      That is such a great idea! Nothing goes better with chocolate covered Strawberries than cupcake!

  • Jaya Avendel

    15 February 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Ooh, these look delicious and well-themed for Valentine’s Day in their pretty cups with swirls and dollops of icing. I am sad I did not find them yesterday; I made a dutch baby and ate it with lemon whipped cream. 🙂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:34 pm

      Oh no what a shame you didn’t see them in time. What is a dutch baby? Lemon and whipped cream with any dessert sounds delicious!

      1. Jaya Avendel

        17 February 2020 at 8:50 pm

        A dutch baby is basically a giant Dutch popover. 🙂 The crust is kind of crunchy and buttery and the inside is soft and rich.

        1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

          18 February 2020 at 5:17 pm

          Oooh that sounds delicious!

  • That Travel Blogger

    16 February 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Wow! These look and sound so yummy! Thank you for the recipe! I love baking so will add this into my ‘to try’ list

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you! Let me know how you get on if you do make them!

  • Karalee

    21 February 2020 at 1:15 pm

    I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries so these cupcakes are right up my alley! My daughter would love them too b/c she loves chocolate & strawberries.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      22 February 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Chocolate covered Strawberries are my absolutle favourite these would be such a good recipe to make together!

  • mydreamality

    22 February 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Wonderful post, I love it! Your recipe and pics are stunning 🙂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      23 February 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you!

  • Chloe May Blogs

    18 April 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Ooo these look so good! Who doesn’t love a chocolate and strawberry combo!

  • Hannah Kay

    26 April 2020 at 10:39 am

    Mmmm I’ll have to try this

  • Leanne

    26 April 2020 at 12:24 pm

    These cupcakes look so yummy; I could easily eat a bowl of the strawberry buttercream. Thanks for sharing this!

    Leanne | Latte Leanne xx

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      30 April 2020 at 4:04 pm

      Strawberry Buttercream is so delicious isn’t it!

  • Fadima Mooneira

    26 April 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Yum! I love strawchos. These cupcakes look so pretty to eat. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      30 April 2020 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you!

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  • justthegameoflife

    5 May 2020 at 12:30 am

    These look so beautiful. I bet they taste even better!!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      5 May 2020 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you!

  • a Life on a Dime

    5 May 2020 at 4:45 pm

    These are beautiful little cupcakes, and they look so yummy!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 May 2020 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Becca

    6 May 2020 at 8:22 am

    Omg these look so yummy, definitely trying them ASAP!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 May 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you!

  • jupiterhadley

    6 May 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I love chocolate covered strawberries and these sound delicious year round.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 May 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Me too! They’re delicious especialy in the garden in the sunshine!

  • Emma

    6 May 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Saving these for when I can get all the baking ingredients! they look amazing!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 May 2020 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you! I hope you can get all the ingredients soon I hope you enjoy!

  • blockpartys

    6 May 2020 at 11:12 pm

    These look great…got to try the recipe

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 May 2020 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sarah

    8 May 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, these look fantastic! I haven’t made chocolate cupcakes in a long time. I think that means I need to make some soon. This recipe looks easy to whip up. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 May 2020 at 9:23 pm

      You should defienlty make some soon any kind of Chocolate cupcakes are the best! I hope you enjoy!

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