It's not really strawberry shortcake...it's cupcakes.... sliced and filled with cream and berries if you follow the recipe. I didn't. I just used the cupcake recipe and tried to ice a few. I wanted to try out my decorating kit I bought eons ago.
I made some icing and from the descriptions tried to wield the specific tips and bag to practice a few things on a piece of plastic first..... hahahhahah.........what a laugh. Okay...it wasn't all that amusing...but, I did have to laugh at my own efforts after awhile. I don't think my icing was nearly stiff enough to do the job. But...I think I sort of got the hang of leaves.... but, only sort of...
It's a good thing our Mom used to say.."if you're not worth a laugh you're not worth very much." I'm not sure she meant it quite like this..but.. eh.... what the heck. It's worth a giggle.
Even just putting on a plain swirl was tricky... one needs a steady hand to get this looking right. Man...those guys on Cupcake Wars are a whiz in comparison! they ice hundreds in the time it took me to do 4... well, actually after 3 I gave up.
And, now for my question ... why would anybody want a cupcake with this much sickly sweet icing on it in the fist place? yecchhh!
I scraped off the huge amount of icing on the rest of them....and just spread a bit on instead... with a knife. However, if you like lots of sweet icing... please don't let me spoil your fun...feel free to ice them any way you like.
Interesting thing about this cupcake...no eggs. I couldn't for the life of me believe they would rise and be fluffy enough.... but, they rose nicely, are moist and a pretty darn great tasting little cupcake. This from somebody who doesn't usually make cupcakes.. because I prefer muffins. I used to think of cupcakes as ....well,... as cake. And I find store bought muffins are usually just cake being passed off as muffins. Dry, tasteless and crumbly. So, I never buy but always bake my own. To me muffins are more dense, less cake-like...more moist and sort of rustic.
However, I wanted to try cupcakes for Valentine's Day..so, without further ado, here is a recipe I found on the food network...
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup coconut milk (I used regular milk)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. instant espresso powder
Line 40 cups from mini cupcake pans or 16 cups from regular size muffin pans with paper cupcake liners.
Sift or whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. In separate bowl, mix the coconut milk, oil, vinegar, vanilla, and espresso powder until smooth. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix with a fork or small whisk.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners. The cups should be filled about 2/3 full, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 to 22 minutes for the mini cupcakes and about 25 minutes for the regular size cupcakes.
Cool the cupcakes in the pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Slice off the top 1/3 of each cupcake and slather with your favourite frosting and sliced strawberries. Place the top of the cupcake back on top and add an additional bit of frosting and sliced strawberries. Dust with confectioners sugar. Eat three immediately.
NB::: instead of the coconut milk.... use regular milk or buttermilk or add some lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk to make your own buttermilk.