Iron Cupcake #4: [Summer Berries]

June 22, 2009 at 10:24 PM | Posted in cupcakes, Iron Cupcake | 71 Comments
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Ah Iron Cupcake. How I heart thee.

I’m not sure if you know this about me but I’m kind of a cupcake event freak addict. I know I know. I hide it well. But when I find one I get a little giddy. I think it’s because I find a lot (See Nikki? 2 words!) of inspiration from themes that someone else chose for me. Don’t ask me why but ideas seem to flow more freely after I have the theme figured out. I know. I’m wackadoo.

This month’s theme is summer berries and here in California the sweet strawberry goodness is abundant. I’m buying strawberries by the case every week from Costco. You can often find Hubs hulling strawberries by the bowlful for an after dinner treat. He even offered to help hull the strawberries for this recipe without me even asking. It’s pretty darn cute how much he loves his Oxo strawberry huller. So I knew as soon as I saw the theme I would be using strawberries.

But finding the right time to bake seems harder in the summer for a couple reasons:
(1) I become a lazy baker in the summer
(2) It’s harder to find ppl to give away my goodies during bikini/diet season.

Thankfully Father’s Day gave me a perfect opportunity to bake. *fist pump*

Now I know what you’re thinking… What’s up with the pirate theme, CB? *shrug* What can I say? I’m a sucker for cornball names and themes. And flowers and ladybugs didn’t seem very manly for a Father’s Day cupcake. Arrrgh matey? (That’s pirate talk for “Ok friend?”.) No more questions or you’ll be walking the plank.

Happy (belated) Father’s day to all the dads out there.

Thanks to IC’s sponsors this month–
*A sweet cupcake ID bracelet by INSANEJELLYFISH,
*A groovy linocut piece from BLOCKHEAD PRESS
*A sweet surprise from Sweet Cuppin’ Cakes Cupcakery,
*A sweet artist piece CAKESPY,
*HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson,
* 1-800-Flowers,

Straw-Berried Treasure Cupcakes <– Get it? I crack myself up!
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Martha Stewart & 4 Ingredient Cookbook

Print this recipe

Makes about 18 cupcakes


For one-bowl chocolate cupcakes
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder (I used E. Guittard unsweetened red dutch process cocoa)
1-1/2 sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup warm water

18 strawberries, wash, pat dry and tops removed

For marshmallow cream cheese frosting
2 jars (7oz each) marshmallow creme
2-8 oz cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel cheese)

brown sugar, garnish

To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking power and salt. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract and water.

Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting—
In a stand mixer, fitted with a flat beater, combine marshmallow creme and cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy.

To assemble cupcakes—
Remove the center of the cupcake using the cone method. (I used a 1.5″ cookie cutter as a guideline.) Insert strawberry into the cupcake. Using a Magic Tip 7ST tip (or your favorite star tip) pipe the frosting on the cupcake. Garnish with some brown sugar on top. (Don’t skip the brown sugar. Trust me.)


Husband rating: A+
I always know when he likes a cupcake recipe when he eats more than 1 without me asking if he wants another one. He’s a cream cheese frosting purist but said that the marshmallow creme added a yummy combination.

Wifey rating: A+
This chocolate “cake” was so easy and fast to make. That Martha is a genius! Definitely bumped my current go-to recipe off the list. I love the chocolate, strawberry and marshmallow+cream cheese frosting combination. The sprinkle of brown sugar on top made for a perfect sweet crunchy bite!

Other rating: A+
I brought the cupcakes over for a family Father’s day party and T’s dad raved that this was the best cupcake I’ve baked so far! (And trust me. He’s eaten ALOT of my cupcakes!)



  1. From one cupcake event freak to another, I gotta tell you these are berry berry cute! Martha’s 1 bowl couldn’t possibly get any better than with strawberries and marshmallow cream cheese frosting – yum!

  2. I love the idea! Chocolate and strawberries together is a great combo!

  3. I love the “inside” view ! Great idea to put the whole strawberry in the cupcake, I must try this ! And I agree that Martha Stewart is a genius, I recently tried her Devil’s food cupcakes recipes and it was a hit !

  4. What a fantastic idea CB, I love the look of the whole cupcake! I also love the name too, you’re so funneh!

  5. These look great! I’m not sure if I am entering this month’s challenge…I think I have only 1 day left!!

  6. Arrrr they look good! I just made blueberry muffins with a strawberry shoved in like that… except I did it before baking so it turned into a jam center :D

  7. These look so yummy. I’m going to have to give them a try this weekend since I am in desparate need of strawberries now.

  8. Those are AWESOME!!! i may borrow that recipe! LOOKS YUMMY and i love making cupcakes!

  9. You crack me up too! You are beyond creative! Love these cupcakes…see I do love cupcakes:)

  10. That’s adorable! What an awesome idea.

  11. Your cupcakes are always so cute… I might just have to test these out on my family sometime! I love the hidden strawberry idea!

  12. What a great idea! and I’m very intrigued by this marshmallow cream cheese frosting…

  13. I love the pirate flags! The decoration makes the cuppies very fun and summery. Good luck!

  14. Marshmallow creme cheese frosting? For real!?! That sounds amazing!

  15. YUM!! That frosting sounds delicious…I LOVE MARSHMALLOW CREME!!! I love the name ;o)

  16. i love pirates!! and cupcakes!!!

  17. Oh those look so good!!!!

  18. as soon as voting’ve got mine! I just got Miss Martha’s cupcake book, and I’m hoping that the one bowl will become my go-to chocolate..I don’t have one yet..and the hubs is terrible saddened by it!

  19. yummmmmmmay.

    could you pretty please tell me how exactly to do the cone method? :))

  20. Giggling @ “berry berry cute”.

  21. One of my favorite combos for sure!

  22. Glad to hear that MS’s devil’s food cupcake is a winner. I definitely need to try that one.

  23. Thank you. Thank you. *bowing* I’ll be here all night ;)

  24. Nothing like getting it done under the wire! That’s usually how I roll. Only reason I have it done early was Father’s Day. haha. Hope you made it before the deadline!

  25. Nothing wrong with a jam center IMO :P

  26. Please do! and come back and let me know what you think, k?

  27. I hope you do! I’d love to hear what you think if you make it. :)

  28. I guessss we can still be friends… HA HA

  29. Thank you A!

  30. Promise you’ll come back and let me know what you and the family thought, k? :)

  31. Girlfriend, don’t think, just make it. If you like marshmallow creme and cream cheese, you’ll love the combination! ;)

  32. What’s not to love about pirates right? :D Thanks for the GL!

  33. Oh tis… tis. You must make it yourself. Trust.

  34. I know the name is all kinds of corny but I’m a corny girl like that. Glad you are too!

  35. It’s win-win really! :P

  36. Thank you Stacy!

  37. Sweet! I heart votes! If you make MS 1-bowl chocolate, I think your hubs will convert. I am still in awe of how simple and yummy the recipe actually is.

  38. Sure! I use the cookie cutter, press about halfway down and then use a knife to quarter the circle so that it’s easier for me to “dig” the center out with the knife. Hope that helps!

  39. seriously girl, you make me want to bake so bad! LOVE IT! I tweeted about you. :)

  40. What’s stopping you?! Baking is good for the soul… Thanks for tweeting. What’s your Twitter ID?

  41. Neat! A strawberry would be amazing in the middle of a vanilla cupcake! Or maybe a browned butter cupcake! (Just because I don’t like chocolate cake that much.)

  42. Is it just the way the photo turned out or was your chocolate cake very dark/almost black looking? I want to make a black looking cake! Looks dee-lish to me!

  43. … or all the above! Bummer you’re not a chocolate cake fan but I am sure that it would work just as well with vanilla. I’m intrigued by the brown butter. Got a recipe to share?

  44. Yeah it was a dark “cake”. I’m not sure if that’s b/c of the red dutch cocoa powder that I used or not. But the picture is true to color. Either way, it was definitely DEE-LISH!

  45. I saw this recipe and knew i’d been saving those strawberries in the regrigerator for something! I made a batch shortly after I saw the recipe posted and my family LOVED them! I’m making more right now. Thank you for the great ideas. My husband is deploying and i’m trying to keep very busy (not that I ever have nothing to do- i raise kids and ponies). Thank you for helping me with that!

  46. So glad you and the family loved the recipe! You raise ponies? Wow. That must be awesome. Would you trade me cupcakes for a pony? No? Ok it was worth a shot. :P

  47. The cupcakes look great. And I love the header on your blog.

  48. aye matey, them cupcakes looks delish! :))

    how do you do the cone method?? teach me teach me! :)

  49. never mind… my brain must have forgotten that i already commented……… ill walk the plank. :p

  50. Thanks for your compliments on my cupcakes and header :)

  51. I am definitely trying this next week! I LOVE strawberries AND marshmallow! CB, I tried your crème brulée cupcakes today and they tasted delicious, only my swiss meringue buttercream separated and didn’t really turn into icing. It still tasted good but looked curdled and yucky. Any idea why?


  52. Bummer about the creme brulee! Next time you make it just keep beating. I promise you, even though it curdles, if you keep beating it will magically become a smooth silky frosting. Don’t ask me why. It’s just magic ;)

  53. Brilliant idea! Beautiful, clever, and delicious I’m sure!

  54. Sorry I have been MIA, I have been so busy, but it has made me feel so bad not to have time to comment. I love these, they look sooo cool.

  55. Thank you! I have to admit it was very delicious. It got lots of kudos from my regular taste testers so I know it was yummy!

  56. No worries chicky! Life get’s busy. Trust me. I know!

  57. I would gladly trade cupcakes for a pony. =-)~ My husband tells me that the only animal you can give away and make money is a horse. LMAO. Seriously tho. These cupcakes were awesome. I shared them with everyone I knew practically and they were a super hit! From my 85 year old grandfather to my niece who’s 2! (and you can look @ the ponies on our website if you want, they’re pretty cute!)

  58. Hihi, been loving your usual chocolate cupcakes. And have been making very frequently since then. It was so easy. And this sounds even better.Look forward to try it this weekend. =) Many thanks.

  59. Ever since I found this site I have developed a secret obsession with cupcakes! The frosting on this cupcake is to die for! I was so amazed at how tasty it was for being so simple and easy! thank you for sharing you love of cupcakes with the rest of us!!

  60. Thanks for coming back and leaving great reviews! Def give this 1-bowl chocolate a try. It’s yummy!

  61. Ah shucks! It’s nothing. Just doing my part to create more cupcake addicts like me. HA HA! So glad you liked the frosting. I think that’s what I love about it too. Simple and tasty!

  62. I made these cupcakes for a 4th of July BBQ and they turned out pretty good. Thanks for the recipe. The only problem I had was that the frosting was a melty mess by the time we got to the party…boo!
    I noticed that this marshmallow cream cheese frosting was a little different than the one you made before…the one before has some powdered sugar and some other ingredient…any reason why you did the different recipe this time?

  63. I made these last weekend for a birthday party and gave the extras to my family… they said they were best ones ever besides the creme brulee ones!!! Although we tried making the marshmallow/cream cheese frosting and it didn’t work out all thick and delicious looking like yours, so we just made regular cream cheese frosting instead. I kept the failed frosting as fruit dip. AMAZING!

    p.s. eat these fast because i cut one open to take pics and then less than 2 days later was about to eat it but the strawberry already had gone mould.y

  64. Bummer about the frosting melting! I’m sure the powder sugar keeps the structure of the frosting more thick but I love the marshmallow+cream cheese as a dip for strawberries so I decided to try to see if it would work as a “frosting” too. Looks like it works but has a limited time only feature. Thanks for letting me know. :)

  65. So sad about frosting melting! :( I love the marshmallow+cream cheese as a dip for strawberries so I decided to try to see if it would work as a “frosting” too. Looks like you figured that out backwards. :)

  66. YAY! Someone else who calls them cuppycakes. :-) I’ve recently developed a cup(py)cake fetish and am very glad to have discovered your blog. These cupcakes look awesome! (cute name too)

  67. Thanks for sweet compliments! Long live the cuppycake! :P

  68. I know you posted this ages ago, but they are so fantastic that I had to include them in the first part of our summer cupcake feature on party cupcake ideas. They are awesome.

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