Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Recipe Round-Up: Chocolate Ganache Strawberry Cupcakes

Love is in the air, folks. Can you feel it?

It comes in the form of these cupcakes.
They are chocolaty. And fruity. And ganache-y. They are the perfect combination of everything you have ever wanted in a cupcake. Ever. I posted these a couple of years ago but I thought they deserved an encore. Valentine's Day is oh-so close afterall.
So, let's do this. I use my favorite one-bowl chocolate cake recipe but you can use my favorite awesome box mix recipe if you prefer. I'm all about easy.
Add sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa and butter...throw in a couple of eggs and some vanilla...and don't forget the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Then mix.
And then remember that you forgot to add the milk. Don't be like me.
And mix again so your batter looks like cake batter instead of brownie batter. But I guess it's a win/win either way.

Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake pan and pop those suckers in the oven.

Oh man. Now your home is going to smell like chocolate heaven, which is the best kind of heaven if you ask me.

Now for the ganache:


I always use dark chocolate because that is my favorite food group but you can use any type of chocolate you prefer. Mix until all the chocolate is melted and the ganache is smooth and silky.
Then bathe in it.
 Take your cooled cupcakes and dip the tops into the ganache. I popped mine into the refrigerator for 20 minutes while I made the frosting. A cold cupcake will keep the frosting from melting.
Now for the strawberry cream cheese frosting:

Cream cheese frosting is my favorite side dish. Here's how I do mine: add cream cheese and butter and mix. Pour in your strawberry puree and mix. And finally, add powdered sugar and a pinch of salt.
And mix slowly. Trust me on this.
Put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes so it gets nice and cold.
And now...frost!


And then...dip!

Beautiful things happen when you combine chocolate, strawberries and love.
Beautiful, beautiful things.

Easy Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Country Living
Makes 24-28 cupcakes

2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup(s) whole milk
2/3 cup(s) granulated sugar
2/3 cup(s) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup(s) butter
3 large eggs
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt

Make the batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cupcake pans with non-stick cooking spray or use cupcake liners. Set aside. In a large bowl, using a mixer set at low speed, combine the flour and remaining 10 ingredients. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue to beat for 3 more minutes.

That's it! So simple! Just fill your cupcake tins and bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 15-20 minutes. This is also excellent for cakes as well.

Chocolate Ganache:
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
10 oz. dark chocolate chips (or any type you prefer)

Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan on low heat until simmering. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and is smooth and silky. Cool to room temperature. Dip cupcakes (and strawberries) and place on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Pop them into the refrigerator to set for 20 minutes.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
1/8 cup sugar
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 lbs powdered sugar
pinch of salt

Combine diced strawberries and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Macerate the strawberries with a fork or use an immersion blender until desired consistency. (If you do not like strawberry seeds in your frosting, you can strain the strawberry puree with a fine mesh strainer.) In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter and mix thoroughly. Slowly add the pureed strawberries and mix. Add powdered sugar and salt and mix slowly until blended, then mix thoroughly for 1 minute. Set in refrigerator for 20 minutes and frost cupcakes.

**For chocolate-covered strawberries, melt your favorite sweetened chocolate and dip with the strawberries. Place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and chill until chocolate is set.



  1. Please make me about 4 dozen. Thank you.

    Your Seester.

    PS - I promise to share with Carr.

  2. Let me know when you deliver Claire's 4 dozen. I'd like to be in charge of monitoring her sharing. With me too. :)