Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes
Hello, gorgeous. You are looking especially beautiful this morning. Is that a different haircut? A new outfit? And what is that ravishing smell? *sniiiiiiff*
Sorry if I got a bit fresh right now, it’s just that looooove is in the air and I’m in a Valentine’s Day state of mind! Hard as it is to believe, we’re only a few weeks out from the pinkest, frilliest, lovey-dovey-est day of the year, and this time, I’m giving the holiday the full SugarHero treatment. Expect the next few weeks to be full of cupids, romance, long-stemmed roses, giant diamond necklaces, and lots of chocolate…or maybe just that last one.
To kick this Valentine’s Day party off right, we’re going to be featuring the most romantic food of all: chocolate-dipped strawberries. Because the only thing better than melted chocolate is combining that chocolate with a fresh, juicy strawberry. Tell me you’re feeling this too:
These mini desserts are like enjoying a chocolate-dipped strawberry in cake form! They start with moist chocolate cake, layered with a light and fresh strawberry buttercream. I added lots of strawberry puree to the frosting, to give it a bright, authentic taste. Then the cakes are coated with a dripping layer of chocolate ganache, and finished with a chocolate-dipped strawberry.
This recipe actually got its start when I stumbled on these long-stemmed strawberries at the grocery store. I hadn’t even thought about making mini cakes, but the berries were so beautiful, so fat and red and juicy, that I knew they needed their own starring vehicle. I don’t run across long-stemmed berries very often, and if you can’t find any (or don’t want to pay the premium price) then any large strawberry would work just as well!
These sweet little cakes are the perfect size to serve 2 people—how’s that for romantic?! Unless you hate to share, in which case I recommend you each eat a whole cake and then high-five over your selfishness. The recipe makes five 3-layer cakes that are only about 4 inches wide, so it’s not an overwhelming amount of dessert, and their small, portable size makes them easy to share with your favorites.