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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes | by Lauren Kapeluck for TheCakeBlog.com

Ingredients

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For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

For the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 ounce cream cheese, block style, softened
  • 5 tablespoons strawberry puree (from ¾ cup frozen strawberries)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1 ⅓ cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  • 28 Strawberries
  • 12 oz Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers

Instructions

Make the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In large bowl combine all dry ingredients: flour , sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Add oil and sour cream and mix together with whisk.
  4. Gradually add water and continue to whisk.
  5. Add vanilla and eggs and whisk until combined.
  6. Fill cupcake lines 2/3 full with batter.
  7. Bake for 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
  9. Once cupcakes are completely cool frost with Strawberry Cream Cheese and Chocolate Ganache.

Make the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In bowl of stand mixer combine butter and cream cheese and beat on medium speed until creamy.
  2. Add strawberry puree and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Gradually add confectioner’s sugar 2 cups at a time and mix until well combined.
  4. Place frosting in piping bag fitted with Wilton tip 2D. Hold piping bag straight above cupcake and squeeze and wiggle piping bag slightly and pull straight up to create the ruffled look.
  5. Place cupcakes in refrigerator for about 15 minutes to let the frosting set up.

Make the Chocolate Ganache

  1. Place heavy cream and corn syrup in saucepan and heat over medium-high heat just until simmering.
  2. Put chocolate chips in bowl.
  3. Pour cream over top of chocolate chips and let sit 5 minutes, do not stir.
  4. Once chocolate begins to melt, stir mixture until chocolate is completely smooth.
  5. Allow chocolate to cool and firm up a little bit before drizzling over top of cupcakes.

Make the Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  1. Line baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Wash and completely dry strawberries.
  3. Place Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers in bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals stirring after each, for about 1 and a half minutes, until chocolate is smooth.
  4. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate so they are about 3/4 the way covered. Place strawberries on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Once all strawberries are dipped place in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to allow chocolate to set.
  6. Add Chocolate Covered Strawberries on top of cupcakes.

Notes

  • Keep cupcakes stored in air tight container in refrigerator until ready to enjoy.