Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cake

Chocolate covered strawberries: luxurious, rich, decadent,delicious… What could make them even better? How about a whole cake inspired by them?

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I combined rich chocolate cake layers with luscious strawberry Swiss meringue frosting, and topped the whole thing off with a robe of melted chocolate and a ring of strawberries.

Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Fresh Strawberry Frosting (Inspired by Sweetapolita)

  • 5 egg whites
  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter (1.5 cups) – softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree (I used frozen-thawed strawberries and put them in the blender for 30 seconds)
  • pinch of salt
  • pink food coloring (optional)

Combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler. Place over simmering water and stir gently but frequently until the mixture reached 160F on a candy thermometer (about 5 minutes). Pour this into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment. Beat until it forms stiff, glossy peaks and the bottom of the work bowl no longer feels hot (that part is important!). This might take 10 minutes or so, take an Instagram break and wait it out!

Now that the meringue is no longer hot, switch out the whisk attachment for the paddle attachment, and start adding the softened butter a few tablespoons at a time. If things start to look curdled, turn up the speed and just beat it into submission. If after all the butter is in, it looks too runny and not like frosting, put it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up, then resume mixing. If everything is looking good, texture wise, add in the salt, vanilla and strawberry puree. If it’s not quite pink enough, go ahead and cheat with a little food color :)

Melted chocolate swirls

Melted Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Melt the chocolate and the butter together in the microwave or over a double boiler. Stir well. Use right away.

The trick to getting a nice, drippy, melty chocolate look, is to have your frosted cake very cold when you add the chocolate on top. The butter in the chocolate makes it firm up more quickly, so if you spread a thin layer on top of a cold cake, and gently frost out to the edges with a bit of spillover, it will firm up and stay in those drips. I love how this turned out, and am already thinking of other cakes I could use this look on!

Cake with fresh strawberries

Enjoy!

<3

JillianCupcake

Leftover Candy? Make Candy Bark!

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Maybe you hosted a Valentine’s Day party last weekend with a candy bar, or maybe you have little ones coming home with grab bags full of conversation hearts, or maybe you just can’t resist a good post-holiday candy sale. Whatever the reason, it’s a real possibility that you are finding yourself in a leftover candy “crisis”! But fear not, a solution is at hand!

This is a super quick and fun project that only really needs 2 ingredients: candies, and chocolate (chips or candy melts work well for this). Sprinkles optional :)

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Start by gently melting chocolate chips or candy melts over a double boiler or in 30 second intervals in your microwave. Spread a piece of wax paper over a baking tray, and then pour the chocolate right on top and gently spread with a knife or spatula. If you want to layer multiple colors of chocolate, like I did, chill the first layer in the refrigerator for a few minutes before melting and pouring on the second layer.

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Then, grab an assortment of candies. I had conversation hearts and holiday M&Ms. While the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle the candies on top. Toss on sprinkles if you like, and for a messier look, drizzle more melted chocolate over the whole thing. Chill in the refrigerator until everything is set. About 15 minutes.

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Take the wax paper off the sheet and use a large knife to chop it into big chunks. This would also make a great neighbor gift or party favor before the holiday!

Hopefully this helps everyone suffering with a leftover candy “problem” *wink wink*

<3

-Jillian Cupcake

Valentine Throw Pillow Covers with Pom Pom Trim

Heart Pillow

Cute seasonal throw pillows always seemed like a great idea, but I had always thought that they would be too impractical. “Where will I store all these extra pillows in my tiny apartment?” “They’re so expensive!” And then I discovered the beauty of the DIY envelope back pillow cover, and everything changed. It’s actually very […]

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Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Cake

Vintage Valentine Cake

I have a soft spot in my heart for vintage style decorated cakes. Maybe it’s fond childhood memories of snagging the corner slice of birthday cake bedecked in buttercream roses, or my love of all things pink and lacy. Or maybe it’s just an appreciation of laboriously handcrafted goods, because good-golly-miss-molly all that piping was […]

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How to Frost the Perfect Cupcake

I made another video! This time I’m showing you a step by step tutorial on how to frost cupcakes perfectly, every time. Check it out for all the sprinkle-filled details! You will need: Baked and completely cooled cupcakes The buttercream frosting from my previous post.  A piping bag A large open star piping tip (Wilton […]

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Simple Butterceam Frosting

Simple Buttercream Cupcakes

This recipe is a classic. Little black dress, PB&J, Gone with the Wind kind of classic. In fact, I’m shocked I haven’t posted it on it’s own before!  This is the simplest buttercream frosting to make, and a go-to for when you want to frost a cake or cupcakes quickly. It’s so much better, and […]

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How I Made a Free Digital Health and Fitness Planner!

Happy 2015 Everyone! I wanted to try something a little different today, and I actually recorded a YouTube video to show you how I made a digital planner to help me keep track of my health and wellness goals for 2015! Hopefully some of these tips will come in handy when you’re making your New […]

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DIY Knit Bow for Pets

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Hi everyone! After many months of not blogging cakes and cupcakes, I’ve decided to expand the contents of my little blog to include other lifestyle categories like crafting, sewing, home decor, beauty etc… I hope you enjoy these posts in other categories, but don’t worry, I’m not abandoning cakes entirely!  For my first crafty post, […]

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Pastel Ombre Peep Cake

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I know it’s a little bit early for Easter, but I made this cake last weekend for a potluck where the theme was “birds”. I’d seen a tutorial for making a beautiful swirled ombre cake from Sweetapolita, and have been dying to give it a try. I started with a pallet of pink, yellow, and […]

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Valentine Rice Krispy Pops

Valentine Treat

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is a super easy (no bake!) treat perfect for this heart-shaped-holiday. These are just Rice Krispy treats dipped in pink chocolate and adorned with sprinkles. Change up the chocolate color, or even use (gasp) store bought rice treats, I won’t tell :) What you need is pretty obvious, but here ya […]

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