Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes

Dazzle your guests with these fudgy cakes cloaked in luscious ganache. For a sweeter ganache, substitute semisweet for the bittersweet chocolate.



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Servings: 12
Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 50 mins
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Ingredients
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    1/2  cup 
    butter
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    1   cup 
    sugar
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    1/3  cup 
    unsweetened cocoa powder
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    egg
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    salt
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    3/4  cup 
    milk
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    1/4  cup 
    strawberry jam
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    Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
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    12   
    medium strawberries
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    3   ounces 
    bittersweet and/or milk chocolate curls
Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
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    1   cup 
    whipping cream
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    10   ounces 
    bittersweet chocolate, chopped
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    3   tablespoons 
    butter


Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour or line with paper bake cups twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups; set aside.
2.
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder until combined. Add egg and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, beat lightly just until combined.
3.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to chocolate mixture, beating by hand after each addition. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds full.
4.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the edges; carefully remove cupcakes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
5.
If cupcakes don't have paper liners, trim a thin slice from top of each cupcake so they will sit flat. Turn bottom side up. Place cupcakes 2 inches apart on wire rack set over waxed paper. (For cupcakes in liners, peel liners down but do not remove.) Spread 1 teaspoon of the strawberry jam over each cupcake.
6.
Prepare Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache. (below) Spoon ganache over cupcakes, making sure to coat all sides. Place a strawberry on top of each cake. Drizzle each strawberry lightly with ganache, letting the strawberry show through. Top cupcakes with chocolate curls. Makes 12 cupcakes.
Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
1.
In a medium saucepan, bring the whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add the bittersweet chocolate, chopped (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until ganache is smooth.

Make Ahead Tip
  • To Bake Ahead: Prepare as directed through step 4. Place cooled cupcakes in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw cupcakes, if frozen. Continue as directed in step 5.
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