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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes

Makes: 12 servings Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes
Prep 50 mins Bake 350°F 15 mins
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1/3  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1  egg
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4  cup  milk
  • 1/4  cup  strawberry jam
  • 1  recipe  Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
  • 12  medium strawberries
  • 3  ounces  bittersweet and/or milk chocolate curls
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.

From the Test KitchenTo 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.
Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  whipping cream
  • 10  ounces  bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3  tablespoons  butter
Directions

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.

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