Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries

Samantha Jacobs


not my recipe but SO elegant. Perfect for when I catered my best friends romantic valentines dinner for he and his girlfriend.

There were lot's of oooo's and squels of delight. I'd say it was a hit! They were tasty AND eye catching. Perfect for their special date.


★★★★★ 1 vote

about 20
20 Min
1 Hr



  • 3/4 c
    unsweeted cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 2
  • 3/4 c
    hot water
  • 3/4 c
    heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    vanilla extract

  • 2 stick
    butter, softened
  • 4 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsweeted cocoa powder, sifted

  • ·
    as many strawberries as you have cupcakes about 18-24
  • ·
    vodka, rum, or your choice of liquor 80 proof or higher (use bacardi 151 for fail-proof results).

How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, water, heavy cream, oil and vanilla. Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth.
  4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each half full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
  6. FROSTING!!!!
    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, cream together sugar, cocoa and butter; beginning on low speed then increase to high.
  7. Beat until fluffy and lightened in color.
  8. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Frost cupcakes.
  9. Hollow the strawberries carefully. If you pierce the side of the strawberry accidentally, start with a new one. Since you'll be setting the liquor aflame, it is important that the strawberry is leak-proof.
  10. Set one strawberry atop each frosted cupcake. Fill strawberries with liquor just before lighting (see tips). If you need to light them all at once, (say, for a party) use a turkey baster to quickly fill all the strawberries and a grill lighter in lieu of matches.

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About Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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