I don't normally write gender specific posts but today is an exception - this post is for all of my male readers. Take my very unsubtle hint : YOUR VALENTINE WOULD LOVE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES ON FRIDAY!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes --- What more do I need to say? There isn't a girl out there who wouldn't love these cupcakes for Valentine's Day.
I have to give credit for the inspiration for these cupcakes to pineapplesandcoconut.com for the brilliant idea. I put my own little spin on her idea but she was definitely the genius behind the cupcake.
OK men - don't be intimidated by these cupcakes. I took a ridiculous number of pictures to walk you through the process. You CAN do this.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
1 cup flour
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter. melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons instant coffee
1/2 cup hot coffee
Add instant espresso to hot coffee.
Still with me? Now onto the chocolate strawberry ganache center.
2 ounces dark chocolate
2 ounces heavy cream
2 Tablespoons strawberry jam
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
Pour over chopped chocolate and stir until melted.
Cool on a wire rack.
So far so good, right? Easy as pie. (Uh, make that cupcake.)
Moving onto the frosting. Not just any frosting - strawberry meringue!!
4 egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup strawberry jam
pink food coloring
Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag (or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off) fitted with a round tip. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake.
Put these cupcakes into the freezer for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
You're almost finished - one last step and you will have the most amazing cupcake ever.
6 ounces of dark chocolate
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
Remove cupcakes from freezer and dip into melted chocolate.
Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes to let chocolate dry.
By the way, if you put these in the sun to take pictures - the chocolate will melt again. (haha) Never fear, a quick trip to the frig will make help it to reharden.
Go ahead and slice one of these cupcakes in half to reveal all of its delicious elements.
Oh baby, these are good cupcakes.
Happy Valentine's Day from your favorite food blogger. Love you.
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