What says Valentine’s Day better than chocolate covered strawberries? Combine them with a moist chocolatey cupcake and my husband and I are both happy. He loves chocolate covered strawberries and I love everything chocolate! I decided to make these at the last minute, but most of the ingredients are items we always have on hand.
The recipe we found on If Only I Had A Kitchen used canned frosting, but we decided on a homemade ganache. It was a good choice because it was delicious and looked so nice.
Make these for your Valentine. They’re simple but will no doubt impress.
2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup Ghirardelli cocoa powder (we used Hershey)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Makes 24 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. In stand mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter evenly into prepared pans, about ¾ full.
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
For the Frosting:
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup heavy cream
1½ tablespoons sugar
1½ tablespoons corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
While the cupcakes are cooling make the ganache. Add the chocolate to a medium bowl. In a saucepan stir the cream, corn syrup and sugar together. Heat until boiling. Immediately pour the mixture over the chocolate and let stand a few minutes to melt. Whisk mixture until smooth and blended, then whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until completely incorporated. Let the mixture stand at room temperature to thicken slightly, so it can be piped or spread.
For the Decoration:
Slice the strawberries into a fan and place on frosted cupcake. Or, dip strawberries in melting chocolate, let cool and place on frosted cupcake. See pictures for examples.
Source: adapted from If Only I Had A Kitchen