Chocolate Cupcakes with a Strawberry Mousse Frosting

Hey everyone! It’s Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron to share a fun dessert recipe with you today! These cupcakes are rich with a chocolate fudge flavor. The frosting is a lightly-whipped strawberry mousse. The airy frosting balances out the dense chocolate cake creating an awesome cupcake combination that is a favorite in my family and a hit at any event I bring these to.

Strawberry Mousse frosted double chocolate Cupcakes

When I make cupcakes, I generally doctor up and change a pre-made cake mix. This makes the cupcakes super easy and quick to make, but they taste great! One of my favorite additions to a cake mix is adding a dry pudding mix. I used a chocolate fudge pudding mix in these cupcakes and it lends an incredibly rich chocolate fudge taste. I also start with a cake mix that already has pudding in the mix. So it’s basically double the chocolate, and double the fudge. And I don’t know about you, but I can never have too much chocolate 🙂
The other additions include the following line-up: 3 eggs, sour cream, vanilla Greek yogurt, some vegetable oil and a touch of vanilla extract for good measure. If you want, you can switch up the quantities of the yogurt and sour cream. You can use all sour cream in this recipe or all yogurt. I like a mix of the two, but these cupcakes will turn out great if you decide to use just one or the other.

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

To balance out the rich and over-the-top chocolate cupcakes, I wanted a light frosting. With Valentine’s Day just ending and plenty of leftover strawberries, I thought a strawberry frosting would be great. This frosting isn’t your ordinary frosting by any means. The frosting is more of a very light strawberry mousse.
The ingredients are easy – pureed strawberries, strawberry pudding, and Cool Whip. Not your traditional line-up for frosting, but the perfect complement to these chocolate cupcakes. I love piling frosting on my cupcakes a mile high, but if you aren’t a huge frosting fan, feel free to halve the amounts for the frosting and put less on the cupcakes.
Seriously, these cupcakes will melt in your mouth. Making it just that much easier to shove another twenty couple down!

Strawberry Mousse Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes

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Strawberry Mousse Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  • 1 (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) chocolate fudge pudding mix, dry
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain)
  • 2 and ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Frosting:
  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • ½ cup strawberry pudding, dry
  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  • Optional: powdered sugar and strawberries to garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the pudding and cake mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream, yogurt, and vanilla.
  4. Mix wet and dry until combined (do not over-stir or beat in too much air)
  5. Fill up the liners ¾ths the way full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove and let cool.
Frosting:
  1. Remove the strawberry stems. Place the strawberries in a food processor and pulse until completely liquid. Stir in the strawberry pudding and then lightly fold in the Cool Whip.
  2. Using a star tip pipe the strawberry filling onto the completely cooled chocolate cupcakes.
  3. Optionally garnish with a piece of a strawberry and a sprinkle of powdered sugar
Notes
I like LOTS of frosting on my cupcakes, feel free to halve the frosting recipe if you want less frosting on the cupcakes. It is a very light tasting frosting, but adjust the amount to your preferences.

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.
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Comments

  1. These are absolutely gorgeous, I love that light fluffy frosting deep enough to get my nose in!

  2. Strawberry and chocolate fudge – great combination! I love tons of frosting on my cupcakes too!

  3. Maureen Smith says:

    Where does the buttermilk come in? Its not listed in the instructions…though I assume it goes with the wet mixture.

  4. Where did the buttermilk go? In with the other wet ingredients? I’m normally terrible at following instructions and I’m trying to get better!

  5. Can I make the frosting and refrigerate it to use the next day?

  6. Do you have to refrigerate the cupcakes? How long will the frosting hold?

  7. Yumm! I made these today and the cake is absolutely delicious! soft and yum. I’m working on the frosting, and mine is just turning out goopy, unlike how yours is in the picture. I wanted them to be a bit prettier. Do you have any tips on solidifying the frosting? Did I put too much pulverized strawberry? I used 2 cups of strawberries, and then that turned into about 1.25 cups of puree.

    Thank you! Even if they won’t be as pretty as I want, they taste AMAZING!

  8. Will the frosting melt if left at room temperature? or should it be kept cool in the fridge?
    I’m concerned that the frosting may melt. Any thoughts? experiences? —THANKS!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    These look amazing….wondering how sturdy the frosting is….I am thinking of making them for an event in the deep south in April (translation humid and warm)….it will be inside but I have to get them to the location…does this frosting seem to hold up pretty well? Thanks!

  10. Hi, these look yummy! I was just wondering if the strawberry pudding mix equals to 1/2 c in 1 box or does it take 2 boxes? Thanks!

  11. Hi! I’m about to make your cupcakes this week end for a baby shower. When it comes to the frosting, do you mean jello or pudding? Because I haven”t found strawberry pudding only jello

    • I am sure that she meant jello and not the pudding…. I can email her and ask! 🙂

    • I just tried these and they were amazing. My whole family really loved them. Already planning to make them for an upcoming baby shower. Thanks so much for the recipe Alyssa!

  12. I tried this recipe and the frosting did not come out. It turned into goo. I tried adding more cool whip and powdered sugar to thicken it. It got better but not much. It looks like strawberry pancake batter.

  13. these look wonderful. but where do you find strawberry pudding? I don’t think I have ever seen that

  14. I really love this recipe, I’ve use the cupcake recipe twice now substituting vanilla for chocolate cake and white mousse frosting with raspberry filling. It turned out great.

    WARNING: However the first time I used the recipe I didn’t notice that the buttermilk wasn’t added to the instructions for mixing the wet ingrediants and burned out the motor on my mixer whe adding the wet to the dry!

    • marie way says:

      I would use 3 oz. cream cheese, softened in place of the strawberry pudding , add 1 tsp. strawberry extract and a little red food coloring.

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