Thursday, February 9, 2012

Strawberry Balsamic Cupcake

Looking for a sweet treat for your Valentine?  This is the perfect cupcake that will wow and woo. Besides, how can you go wrong with chocolate, strawberries and balsamic married together into a cupcake!  For this recipe I used a cupcake corer, but it's not necessary.  But before I get into that, let's get to the ingredients.  For this recipe you'll need...
  • Chocolate Cake Mix (plus ingredients to make the cake...usually eggs, oil, and water)
  • Milk (to replace the water your recipe calls for)
  • 2 ounces of Unsweetened Chocolate (melted)
  • 2 cups of Fresh Strawberries (cut in quarters length wise)
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar (reduced)
  • Pinch of Pepper (optional)
  • Store bought White Icing
  • Butter (room temperate...around 1/2 cup....but it's up to you)
  • Icing Sugar (optional)
Alright, here's the recipe...

Step 1: For the most part, follow the direction of your Chocolate Cake Mix - preheat your oven and add in your eggs and oil, but replace the water with Milk.  Melt down the 2 ounces of Unsweetened Chocolate - but be careful not to overheat or burn the chocolate.  Mix the melted chocolate into your batter until fully incorporated.

Step 2: Spoon the batter into your cupcake liners and bake as directed on package. Once done, cool completely before icing

Step 3: On to the Strawberry and Balsamic combo - YUM!  Pour 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar in a saucepan and reduce on a low-med heat.  Once it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat and add a pinch (or more) or pepper if you'd like and stir well. Let cool.

Step 4: Using a cupcake corer or small spoon, make a small hole in the centre of your cooled cupcakes.  If you're using a spoon, you may want to use a knife first to create a small circle and use a spoon to scoop it out.  Make sure you don't go too far down into the centre of your cupcake or your filling will fall out from the bottom when you unwrap it.

Step 5: Lightly toss your Strawberries in the lukewarm Balsamic reduction.  Spoon the Balsamic coated Strawberries into the centre of your cupcakes and SAVE the remaining Balsamic reduction for your icing!

Step 6: Mix together your White Icing, butter and remaining Balsamic reduction on high until smooth. Give it a taste and if it's too buttery for your taste or needs to be thickened, add some icing sugar.Pipe your icing on around the outside of your cupcake so that you can still see the Balsamic Strawberries and that's it!  If you aren't eating them right away, you'll need to refrigerate them.

Happy Faking!


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