So I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It is a Hallmark holiday and I refuse to celebrate it. This year I decided, as I was celebrating home alone because my fiance was working, to make cupcakes. A familiar and popular treat on Valentine’s day, chocolate covered strawberries, so I combined that into a cupcake! I had seen a recipe for strawberry flavored cupcakes, flavored with strawberry jello. Then, to add in the Ghiradelli chocolate mousse, I used my handy dandy cupcake corer (best invention ever!) and put the chocolate mousse into a bag to squirt into the opening.
One of my favorite things about winter is the abundance of fresh citrus fruits. I am a sucker for grapefruit, even though I have an allergic reaction if I eat too many. Such is life; hives won’t keep me away from this delectable fruit! To celebrate the ripe delicacy, I figured there had to be a recipe out there on the Internet that would put this fruit to the forefront and let it do all the talking. I found just that recipe on Ryan’s Baking Blog. The grapefruit has a very nice tangy taste in these cupcakes, and the yogurt makes the cupcake nice and moist but does not overpower the citrus. My favorite part of the cupcake was making the grapefruit sugar. I think I may have to keep a jar of this on my counters throughout the year it was that good! The grapefruit cream cheese frosting added a nice layer of tang but the cream cheese cut through so that the bitter fruit taste was not overpowering. I think this recipe can be adapted to any of your favorite citrus friends: tangerines, oranges, clementines, you name it! Truly a great dessert to brighten up your mood during those gloomy winter months and bring you to your happy place.
My happy little army of grapefruit cupcakes:
What is better together than strawberries and chocolate? Strawberry and chocolate mousse cupcakes, on Valentine’s Day, that’s what!
Here is what the cupcakes looked like with the cores taken out before putting in the chocolate mousse:
For the frosting, I used a vanilla buttercream to decorate with hearts and xo’s, and to add another flavor level. As I stated before, I do not like Valentine’s day, but this past year, I became a fan of Valentine’s Day cupcakes! I cannot wait to plan my next Valentine’s cupcake in only a few months! (Yes I know, I am way behind on my posts).
Here is what they looked like!