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
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


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • 3Add eggs, water, heavy cream, oil and vanilla. Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth.
  • 4Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each half full.
  • 5Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
  • 6FROSTING!!!!
    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.
  • 7Beat until fluffy and lightened in color.
  • 8Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Frost cupcakes.
  • 9Hollow 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.
  • 10Set 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

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts, Chocolate
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids