Strawberry Icing

Feb 20, 2022 | Food, Sweets

This is a re-post:  I’ve been asked to re-post this Strawberry Icing recipe and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time.  I do have some fun Valentine’s post’s coming up but this Strawberry Icing recipe is so yummy that after reading this post, you will be running to the store to get the ingredients :-).  I’ve made some updates and included a homemade vintage chocolate cake recipe that I published in my Sit, Stay, Eat 3 Cookbook!  This cookbook has some delicious dessert recipes that were handed down through generations of our families (Mr. TAL and I).  
Happy Monday everyone!  I promised a new Galentine’s Tablescape but decided to incorporate these very chocolate cupcakes with fresh, homemade Strawberry Icing with pieces of fresh strawberries in every bite into my table design!  This icing is rich with strawberry flavor, a punch of sugary sweetness, and is just the right compliment to these chocolate covered strawberries.
Strawberry Icing |
Strawberry Icing |
These cupcakes were first found at Queenslee Appetit and was the perfect dessert for my Galentine’s dinner.  I changed it up a bit but for the most part, it is the same.  I took a shortcut and bought a box of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix but made this icing and chocolate covered strawberries myself.  I reduced the number of steps and took out the chocolate ganache.
Looking for a great homemade vintage chocolate cake recipe, check out my third Sit, Stay, Eat cookbook packed full of sweet treats!  For only $5.00, you can get a digital download and a portion of the proceeds benefit Joey’s P.A.W.

Francis’ Chocolate Cake


¾ cup Crisco
2 cups sugar
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon lemon
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour sifted
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water


Make sour milk by mixing lemon and milk together and set aside
Cream Crisco and sugar together until creamy
Add eggs, sour milk, flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and cream together
Add boiling water and mix all ingredients together
Grease pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes


Strawberry Icing |
Strawberry Icing |
These cupcakes were a three step process.  While the cupcakes were baking in the oven, I made the strawberry sauce and icing.  Next came the chocolate covered strawberries which were so easy and fun.  I heated up a bag of Nestle milk chocolate morsels in 30 second intervals in the microwave and stirred until creamy.  I used a small appetizer fork to roll the berries into the chocolate, placed them on a sheet of wax paper and sprinkled them with sugared crystals. (Note:  make sure that if you are using any decorative sprinkles or candies, the chocolate is still warm. Once the chocolate hardens, the crystals won’t stick to the chocolate)
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This Strawberry Icing has such a fresh taste.  Well, you could always used frozen strawberries but why?  Fresh is always the best!  I combined a pack of strawberries (diced with stems removed), granulated sugar, water, and lemon juice in a pan and let boil down until the strawberries were breakable or Mashable depending on your preference. I decided to keep this sauce on the chunky side.
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In a large mixing bowl, I beat butter, shortening and salt until light and fluffy.  I slowly added powdered sugar and the strawberry sauce making a decadent light pink icing.  I also added a few drops of red food coloring because I wanted a bright pink color shade instead of a light pink to the icing. Mr. TAL got me an icing kit for Christmas which made icing these cupcakes a breeze.  The original recipe called for chocolate ganache which I decided to leave out but might try next time!
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The color combination of this dessert was a perfect accent to my table.  I chose a soft color palette of pink, cream, and a soft cheetah print dish with touches of red.  I chose this decor for February but after putting it all together, it could honestly pass for Mother’s Day and an Easter table. The tablecloth was Mr. TAL’s mother’s pink iridescent dishes from Home Goods, cheetah/dot dishes from Walmart, and these adorable heart shaped lid glasses were from Walmart.  To add a special touch to each place setting, I filled the glasses with Lindt chocolate truffles and placed a Valentine’s ornament for my friends.
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I wanted shimmer, candles, and flowers on the table.  I used these shimmery cloth napkins and crystal napkin holders all from Home Goods, gold shimmer runner from TJMaxx, silk flowers from Walmart, and candle sticks, candle holders and vase are all antiques from Mr. TAL’s mother.  I filled in the gaps with decorative dishes from Home Goods filled with chocolate/strawberry cupcakes.
Update:  I was just at the Dollar General today and they have some adorable Valentine’s Day decor.  I saw several packs of crystal hearts, wood signs, and heart shaped dinnerware if you are looking for a cost effective way to decorate for this fun holiday.  
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With all of the pink shades, I wanted wine glasses in black from Dollar General, silverware in gold from my parents, and flute glasses in a gold and black polka dot from Home Goods that I later filled in with a red velvet cake and cream cheese icing.  But my table wasn’t complete until I found these adorable plastic gnome glasses for my friends and added XOXO napkin packs!  My table was now complete!
Note:  Love serving dessert?  Make it fun by using a decorative crystal bowl, crystal wine glasses, or a large punch bowl that your guests would never expect :-).
Want another sweet recipe?  Try my Morning Glory Muffins Breakfast Muffins!  If you know me, I’d enjoy these strawberry cupcakes at dinner and wake up to these muffins for breakfast with a cup of coffee :-). 
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Strawberry Icing |

Strawberry Icing

Deliciously sweet pink icing with chunks of fresh strawberry in every bite.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate cupcake, strawberry icing, strawberries
Author: Two Adorable Labs


Chocolate cupcakes

  • 1 box Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix by Betty Crocker

Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 small pack of fresh strawberries Stems removed and diced
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Strawberry Buttercream

  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar The original recipe called for 6 cups but I used 3
  • strawberry sauce mixture
  • red food coloring (if you want the buttercream to look more pink I used 3 drops

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

  • 1 8 oz bag Nestle milk chocolate morsels
  • strawberries, stem cut off, washed, dried


Strawberry Sauce

  • Wash, cut stems, and dice strawberries
  • In a small pan on medium heat, mix strawberries, granulated sugar, water, and lemon juice and let boil
  • As the strawberries start to boil, they will soften so that you can mash or break them just a bit. I chose to leave small chunks but you can mash to your liking or not at all. This will take approximately 8 minutes
  • Take off heat and let cool in the refrigerator while cupcakes are baking and you start to make the frosting

Strawberry Buttercream

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, shortening and salt until light and fluffy
  • Add half of powdered sugar and mix on low
  • Slowly add your strawberry sauce and rest of powdered sugar and mix well
  • If your frosting isn't pink enough, add your food coloring

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • De-stem, wash, and pat dry the appropriate number of strawberries. You want your strawberries to be fully dry as the chocolate will not stick to a wet strawberry
  • Lay out a pice of wax paper
  • In a small bowl, melt your chocolate morsels (I used Nestle milk chocolate) at 30 second intervals so your chocolate does not burn
  • Stir well. With a toothpick or small fork, dip your strawberries into the chocolate mixture and roll around until almost covered
  • Lay on wax paper, top with your favorite topping if you like and let cool. Place in refrigerator to speed up cooling process

Assemle Cupcakes

  • When cupcakes are cool, use a decorative piping bag and topper to ice your cupcake
  • Add your chocolate covered strawberry to each cupcake. If you want to use ganache or another syrup, decorate the top and serve on a decorative platter

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  1. Carla D Evans

    What a fun night! Everything looked beautiful and the cupcakes were delicious along with everything else you made as usual ❤

    • Bobbi

      Thank you so much! I forgot to include our menu which was stuffed tilapia with crab meat and pasta with vodka cream sauce! I also made a side of rice incase friends didn’t like the pasta sauce.

  2. Sandy Benick

    Oh my! Those cupcakes look so decadent! And to top it off with those scrumptious looking chocolate covered strawberries was just amazing! I loved the tablescape also! Loved the cream and pink together eithe gold ! Very elegant and tasteful! You are so so talented!

    • Bobbi

      Thank you so much! This was a fun table to put together. It was romantic, sparkly, and low maintenance. I was pretty darn proud of how these cupcakes turned out as the icing tasted so fresh and sweet.

  3. Megan

    They were fabulous!!! Miss you my friend ♥️

    • Two Adorable Labs

      Thank you my friend! We had fun :-). Hope to see you soon.


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