CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes are made with a moist chocolate cupcake topped with fresh strawberry buttercream, a drizzle of ganache and a perfect chocolate covered strawberry sitting on top! These beautiful cupcakes are a delightful Valentines Day treat!

INGREDIENTS

STRAWBERRY SAUCE:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) fresh or frozen strawberries, stems removed and diced (if frozen, thawed)
  • 2-3 Tbsp granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee or boiling water

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES:

  • 12-15 strawberries, rinsed and pat dry
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup pink candy melts

GANACHE:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

  • 6 Tbsp Strawberry Sauce, chilled (recipe above)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Hi-ratio Shortening (you can substitute for regular vegetable shortening)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • Pink gel food colouring (optional

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INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE STRAWBERRY SAUCE: 

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan on medium-high heat and bring to a boil. 
  2. Once the mixture begins to boil, lower the heat and allow the strawberries to cook and soften, breaking up the strawberries and stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon for about 8-10 minutes. 
  3. Pour sauce into a blender or food processor and pulse until the strawberries are smooth. Press through a fine mesh sieve and discard the seeds. Allow to cool completely. 
  4. Full instructions visit @queensleeappetit

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