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Strawberry Red Velvet Love Cupcakes

By Charlotte on February 8, 2017 3:15 PM

By Carla Hall, from The Chew Approved cookbook

I am incredibly impressed by our viewers' ability to create really delicious desserts, season after season. It's funny to me because you often hear chefs say that they don't bake or that baking isn't their strong point. Michael and Mario say it all the time on the show. And I think it is amazing that our viewers thrive in the world of sweets.

Sneh Kadakia is a really talented home baker and cooking runs in her family. Her mother was a big influence on her. She would cook all of the meals in their house. Growing up in an Indian family, Sneh learned how to cook with really bold flavors and play around with a lot of spices, especially in her sweet treats. This recipe for red velvet cupcakes is filled with delicious and warm spices that spark your palate but don't overwhelm your senses. They are decadent enough for any Valentine's Day dessert. Nothing says love better than these adorable cakes.


Strawberry Red Velvet Love Cakes

Courtesy of Sneh Kadakia
Serves: 42 ; Prep Time: 45 minutes ; Cook Time: 10 minutes per batch

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FOR THE CUPCAKE BATTER:

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

FOR THE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES:

FOR THE CUPCAKE BATTER:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Line mini-cupcake tins with mini-cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract until combined. Next, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, spices, food dye, vinegar and cocoa powder. Add water if batter is too stiff. Whisk until smooth. Fold in the chopped strawberries.

Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake tins three-quarters of the way up. Place in the oven to bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before decorating.

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and sea salt. Whisk until smooth.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES:

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Add the cinnamon to the chocolate and stir to combine. Remove the chocolate from heat and let stand until slightly thickened.

Dry the strawberries with a paper napkin to remove any moisture. Dip the tips of the strawberries into the chocolate. Place to dry on parchment paper. Don't refrigerate to prevent sweating (if using same day).

TO DECORATE THE CUPCAKES:

Fill frosting piper or plastic zip-top bag with frosting. Starting from the outside of the cupcake, pipe the frosting in a swirl pattern, finishing at the center of the cupcake. Sprinkle white pearls onto the frosting. Stick half of a toothpick into the side of the chocolate covered strawberry. Stick the strawberry in the center of the cupcake and press the toothpick into the cupcake right before serving.

***

Recipe Excerpted from

The Chew Approved: The Most Popular Recipes from The Chew Viewers*

Authors: The hosts of ABC's lifestyle show, The Chew: Celebrity Chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon and Carla Hall; entertaining and fashion expert Clinton Kelly, and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz

TheChewApproved_cover  350.jpgAbout the Show: Appearing daily on ABC, The Chew is an innovative daytime series co-hosted by a group of food, lifestyle and entertaining experts. It serves up everything food -- from cooking and hosting to food trends, restaurants, holidays and more.

Other Works: The Chew: Food. Life. Fun, The Chew: What's for Dinner?, The Chew: A Year of Celebrations and The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining.

Publisher: Kingswell

Penned: Oct. 25, 2016

What's Inside: The most popular recipes from viewers of The Chew as well as recipes from the hosts. You'll find dozens of ideas that have earned The Chew's stamp of approval, including breakfast bonanzas, amazing appetizers, weeknight wonders, fabulous weekend feasts and sensational sweets. As a bonus, these specialties are sprinkled with tips and tricks from the show's hosts sure to simplify your life.  

Think Make-Ahead Mexican Strata to start your day, snacking on Crab Cakes and Veggie Slaw, and Baked Salmon with Honey Sesame Chili Teriyaki Sauce perfect for busy weeknights. Or try company-worthy Meaty Ziti followed by Fudgy Brownies with Raspberry Sauce. Great for both newbies and experienced cooks, this creative collection makes it easy to put mouthwatering homemade meals inspired by family and celebrity chefs on your table.

Time Out: 144 pages

Available: $16.99 where books are sold

         Paperback                       Digital

* Courtesy of The Chew Approved © 2016 Disney Enterprises Inc. Reprinted with publisher permission.

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