It’s not a secret around here that I love cupcakes. So this week, I wanted to make my Grandmother’s classic pound cake in a cupcake form. A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me to make cupcakes for her son’s second birthday party. This was the perfect opportunity for Strawberry Pound Cake Cupcakes. California is also in the height of strawberry season, so I am trying to enjoy every last minute of it.
I started with my basic pound cake recipe. For this, I knew I had to fill my cupcake liners mostly full because these wouldn’t rise as much as normal cupcakes. I topped it off with a Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream. This is one of my favorite frostings because it has the fresh strawberries mixed right into the frosting and there isn’t an over powering sweetness from confectionary sugar- because there is none!
I told you yesterday about my random visit to the Ghirardelli outlet store. While we were there, my boyfriend spotted the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook and bought it for me for Valentines day. I know, I know, it’s early for gift giving, but neither one of us are very good at waiting to give gifts to the other. Well I am (editor’s note: she isn’t.), but he isn’t and that just works for me, because I simply can’t stand waiting for them either.
I had to make the chocolate cupcakes immediately. I really appreciate a good vanilla cupcake, but man, I love chocolate. Today I am pulling out all the stops. This chocolate cupcake is topped with TWO frostings: Ghirardelli Chocolate ganache and Strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream. Add a chocolate covered strawberry and call it a day. I think this is by far my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe I have tried (from scratch). It has a very cake like texture, it’s very moist and has a very rich chocolate taste. Continue reading