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Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes…a mouthful of a title if I ever heard one, but entirely necessary if I must say so myself. From the outside looking in one might mistake these for Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting and a Strawberry topper -another delicious option, but not to be confused with this flavor combination.

Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

These cupcakes are indeed chocolate, but they have a chocolate ganache filling; a filling that I will overuse over and over again. I used the same filling in the cupcakes I made last month. The frosting also has a hint of cheesecake flavoring due to the addition of cream cheese and Jell-O Instant Cheesecake Pudding & Pie Filling -can’t be leaving these details out of the title!

Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Last night I went to a Wine Tasting to benefit Crisis Nursery and it just so happened that there was a table full of rose cupcakes made by Pan & Cake Catering-the kind that are “too pretty” to eat, but I never have a problem eating them? I left the event wishing I could just take a plateful of their cupcakes to work the following day rather than make my own later that night -they were so yummy! That wouldn’t have been a polite thing to do so I went ahead home to make my own. Occasion being my boss’s birthday. Per her hubby, she is a fan of cheesecake, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate cake -dessert in general, a woman after my own heart. All of those things are too good to pick one so naturally the best decision was to find a way to combine them all. A chocolate cheesecake topped with strawberries or a regular cheesecake topped with strawberries and drizzled with chocolate was the obvious answer -but not after the recent fiasco I had with my springform pan.

Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Cupcakes it was. To make these you’ll need the following ingredients:

Did ya note that box mix up above? Yep, that makes these easier and swapping some of the ingredients out makes them tastier. The ganache and the homemade icing makes the process take a little bit longer, but by no means is it difficult.

Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
Strawberry Cupcakes
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
  1. Follow the mixing directions on the back of the Betty Crocker Cake Mix box. Substitute the water with coffee and the oil with butter. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners and spray them lightly with baking/cooking spray. I baked these for 17 minutes.
  2. While cupcakes are cooling, start your ganache. Dump chocolate chips in a glass bowl and then bring heaving whipping cream to a boil on the stove. Once the cream is boiling, pour it slowly over the chocolate chips and let it sit for about 4 minutes. Stir with a spoon until mixture is completely smooth and set aside.
  3. Once cupcakes are cool, use a knife to cut about a 1/2 inch circle in the top of cupcakes. 1/2 inch wide and about a 1/2 inch down into the cupcake. You can discard the extra cake, or, if you are like me, you can put it in a tupperware and save it for another treat later. My kiddos got pretty excited about this last time.
  4. Wash strawberries and lay out to dry.
  5. Using a standing mixer, mix together cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter until smooth. Slowly start mixing in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time, gradually increasing the speed. Once mixed smoothed again, add the instant pudding and pie filling until completely dissolved. This is your frosting.
  6. Use a spoon to fill cupcakes to level with ganache. A piping bag would probably be less messy, but I didn’t feel like bothering with one at the time.
  7. Okay, I did bother with a piping bag for frosting the cupcakes though :-). Frost however you are comfortable and then top each with a freshly washed strawberry. *I didn’t top with a strawberry until the next morning after they’d been in the fridge all night. I’ve had the red of strawberries “bleed” onto white frosting before so I thought this would help -it did. It might not be a necessary step, but one tip to consider.
  8. Indulge!
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
Frosted Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

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