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Chocolate Tuxedo Cupcakes

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Category: Cupcakes

Description

Dark chocolate cupcake dipped in chocolate ganache topped with a "tuxedo" strawberry

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 each whole eggs
2 each egg yolks
3.75 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
3.5 oz unsalted butter, melted


Chocolate Ganache
4 oz heavy cream
4 oz dark chocolate

Tuxedo Strawberries
strawberries
white chocolate
dark chocolate
canola oil

How to Make

  • Chocolate Cupcakes
    Pre-heat oven to 325. Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and yolks; beat mixture until smooth. Combine melted butter and chocolate and add to egg mixture; mix until smooth. Scoop mixture into paper muffin cups filling them 2/3 full. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Makes 10 cupcakes.

  • Chocolate Ganache
    Boil heavy cream and pour over chocolate; stirring until smooth.
    Dip cooled cupcakes into ganache.

  • Tuxedo Strawberries
    Melt chocolates separately in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time stirring in between. Add canola oil to thin out chocolate if necessary. Wash and dry strawberries. Dip front of strawberry into white chocolate and allow to dry. Dip sides of strawberry into dark chocolate to make a "V" shape. Place small amount of dark chocolate into piping bag. Pipe and X and connect the ends to make the bowtie. Then pipe 3-4 small dots for the buttons.

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