How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place liners in 60 mini muffin tins-5 pans.
  • Prepare cake mix as directed, using mixed berry juice instead of water, adding the extra cocoa, eggs, red food coloring and oil.
  • Fill cupcake pans only three quarters full.
  • You don't want high rounded tops on these little cupcakes,
  • You want them flat so that the strawberries will sit on them.
  • Bake 13 to 14 minutes.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Whip the canned frosting adding the almond extract. Set aside.
  • Prepare two double boilers with simmering water, melt chips separately in each bowl.
  • Add a tsp of oil to each bag of melting chips, stir well.
  • Dip the front face of each strawberry in the melted white cocoa chips.
  • Set on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Chill strawberries until the white chocolate sets.
  • Dip each chilled strawberry diagonally in the dark chocolate from each side to just cover the white part leaving a white triangle center and dark chocolate corners.
  • Place on wax paper lined cookie sheet, chill unti chocolate sets.
  • Using small round tip on the purchased red frosting tube, pipe
  • little dots and one "x" as the bow tie on each strawberry.
  • (this is very hard to do with minor arthritic hands, by the way)
  • Frost each cupcake with enough of the frosting to make a base for the strawberry and kind of glue it into place.
  • Add the strawberry topper to each cup cake.
  • Transport is difficult, it can be done with a white shirt box lined with foil and twisted plastic wrap in coils around the outer side of the box to keep the berries from toppling.
  • Hope you win the silly contest because it is very late.

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  • chuckieb 7 years ago
    Those are beautiful! Wow!
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    annieamie ate it and said...
    These are just fabulous! I loved that you used a red velvet cake mix, too! I wish that you could sell these commercially (and send me a box of 24!) Thanks so much for posting this recipe!!!
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  • chefmeow 10 years ago
    Wow, you deserve first place, there was a lot of work that went into these beautiful delights. They sound decadent as well as beautiful. Thanks for a great post.
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    wynnebaer ate it and said...
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    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    Yes they are really big those strawberries and you are a genious..I wish you had posted some step by step ones...May be next contest!! Thanks for sending this great one.
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    jett2whit ate it and said...
    Congratulations on your award winning cupcakes. I hope they appreciated your hard work. They look great! I'm so proud of you! Jett
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  • lunasea 10 years ago
    Very cute and impressive! Thanks for sharing...=)
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  • clbacon 10 years ago
    Yummy and adorable!
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