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Chocolate + Strawberry Valentine Cupcakes { with Lindt }

February 4th  •  Posted in Recipe

– 10 days to the big day! Have you got something exciting planned?! Either if you don’t want to plan anything, you don’t have someone to spend your Valentine’s Day with, you have planned to organize a nice dinner for two or something special like a romantic picnic lunch, I’ve got something for you!

A pair of years ago I discovered this cupcake base recipe and decided this was *the one*. These chocolate cupcakes always have the best, thick, nice texture that pairs amazingly with any fluffy frosting or creamy heart you might want to experiment with. I developed the idea of using a truffle to obtain a creamy center a few years ago and since then I use and play with this recipe every year around Valentine’s Day, and every year I try it with different truffles and flavours. I’ve tried almost every Ferrero offering, but I’d say Mon Cheri and Ferrero Rocher were the most appropriate and my favourites so far, until a box full of Lindt Valentine treats was left on my doorstep…

Lindt’s romantic Valentine’s Day inspired offering are revisited Lindor truffles made out of white chocolate and a cream + strawberry smooth melting filling. Can anything else be more appropriate for this time of the year? I admit I had a few difficulties to avoid that all the Strawberries & Cream Lindor Truffles were gone before I had the time to properly shoot this recipe, and that I had to hide them away from myself too, but in the end the result was amazing, the creamy strawberry heart paired deliciously with the chocolate cupcakes I love, and the strawberry flavoured frosting on top was the perfect addition to the couple… I might need to buy a decent pastry bag and maybe obtain actual aesthetically pleasing cupcakes next time, but they were good, let me tell you this!

Valentine Strawberry + Chocolate Cupcakes { with Lindt }
Valentine Strawberry + Chocolate Cupcakes { with Lindt }
Valentine Strawberry + Chocolate Cupcakes { with Lindt }
Valentine Strawberry + Chocolate Cupcakes { with Lindt }
Valentine Strawberry + Chocolate Cupcakes { with Lindt }

Makes 6 cupcakes | Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
85g white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
55g soften unsalted butter
55g white sugar
1 large egg
3 Strawberry & Cream Lindor Truffles

For the frosting:
125g unsalted butter
50g strawberries
70g white sugar

1 :: Preheat the oven to 190°C. Place six baking cups into a muffin tin.

2 :: Cut the cupcake butter into cubes and add it into a big mixing bowl together with the white sugar and beat with a spoon until soft and creamy.

3 :: Sift in the white flour and give it a nice stir, then add the cocoa powder, the baking powder and the egg and stir with a spoon until all the ingredients look nicely incorporated. You should get a thick and quite solid mixture. If it’s too solid and you can’t mix it with a spoon, add a splash of milk.

4 :: Place a tablespoon of cupcake mixture into every baking cup to create a base, then cut the Lindor truffles in half and place one half in every baking cup. Place another teaspoon (or a bit more) of cupcake mixture on top of the truffles to cover them up completely.

5 :: Place the tin in the oven for 20 minutes. The cupcakes will rise but still be quite thick and solid, and the truffle in the middle will melt to create a creamy heart. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely or serve warm if you don’t want to make the topping!

6 :: Meanwhile make the frosting: wash the strawberries and mince them in an electric mincer with a pair of teaspoons of water to create a liquid strawberry syrup. It will give the colour and the flavour to the frosting.

7 :: In a very large and deep bowl, cream the butter, sugar and strawberry syrup together using an electric beater until pale and fluffy.

8 :: Use a pastry bag to apply the buttercream on top of the cooled cupcakes.

{ Enjoy with your loved one(s)! }

… whether it’s your family, your friends or your lover!

Valentine Strawberry + Chocolate Cupcakes { with Lindt }

Don’t forget to let me know if you try this recipe in the comments and tweet me a picture if you do! Also share your favourite Valentine’s Day recipes! I’d love to know! x
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In January I’ve Loved…

January 31st  •  Posted in Favourites

Whoa, wait, is it the last day of January already? It feels like 2015 has only started yesterday! January wasn’t my favourite month, however I’m pleased to say I was able to try a lot of new things that obviously could make to my monthly favourites, and yes, this includes a lot of chocolate but also a few healthy choices that was an anchor to me for my January detox! If you’d like to read about what I was up to in January, simply check my January Highlights, otherwise let’s just jump right into my most favourite things from the last 30 days…

In January 2015 I've Loved...
In January 2015 I've Loved...
In January 2015 I've Loved...
LINDORS ℅ LINDT

FOOD

The most exciting highlight of the month was that day when the postman came and brought a huge box full of Lindt treats! Isn’t it everyone’s dream?! I’ve always been a fan of classic Lindor Milk Truffles* but I was so pleased to finally try the delicious and indulgent Lindor Strawberry & Cream Truffles*, that are just perfect for anything Valentine’s Day related, including recipes, cozy nights in and moments of sweetness!

As for the healthier food choices, I’m quite enjoying the Clipper Green tea with Echinacea which is just my new favourite afternoon treat! Green tea is so good for our bodies but not the best flavour to me, but echinacea makes the whole thing a lot more interesting: it quite completely covers the flavour of green tea and make it tastes more citrusy and good! If you’d like to introduce green tea in your lifestyle but don’t quite enjoy the original flavour, I can’t suggest this Clipper offering enough..!

Lastly but not least on the food front is my new IKEA Produkt Milk-Frother: as you might remember I haven’t had a milk frother anymore for a long time, then I spotted this so inexpensive IKEA utensil and I just thought to give it a try. It is so good and easy to obtain a perfect foam – yes, it’s not velvety enough to experiment with latte art, but it’s just good enough to get a very nice basic latte in no time at all!

In January 2015 I've Loved...
In January 2015 I've Loved...

MEMORIES


It’s been a very long time since the last time we printed our pictures but it’s always my favourite parcel to unwrap, so I ordered a few other prints from the last 6 months! I love going back to those memories once again just by browsing through a few pages of our photo album – it’s just so nice to have your pictures printed instead of only digital files, you get the occasion of seeing and reliving those memories surely more often than you would if you don’t ever print them!

In January 2015 I've Loved...
In January 2015 I've Loved...

STYLE


On the fashion front, I can’t *not* mention my new Sugarhill Boutique Starstruck Glitter Skirt – it’s just the cutest and most flattering skirt I own at the moment, needless to say I’m wearing it a lot. It’s thick enough to wear it during this season, and obviously pairs amazingly with anything really. Something that has just joined my wardrobe recently is my new Sheinside Wine Red Sweater (similar) – I’m totally a fan of 2015 Pantone color of the year: marsala is definitely a colour I could wear all year around, but I realized I didn’t own a lot of wine red clothes in my wardrobe, so this Sheinside sweater was the perfect addition!

In January 2015 I've Loved...

BEAUTY


As I’ve already told you in one of my recent posts I’m trying to stick to only coconut oil to cleanse/moisturize my skin. I had very bad skin, so it’s nice to go back to something organic and natural, and I’m quite surprised about how nicely my skin is reacting to it. It has only been a week or more, but so far I’m not going back to anything I was using before!
What’s on your January favourites list? x