Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with chocolate ganache, yum!  My new favorite cupcakes!

 Yum! These Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes are perfect for summer and any season after! They have a chocolate strawberry cake, a thick layer of ganache, cream cheese frosting and a fresh berry on top! You can even sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs over the frosting to give it some more texture and color!

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Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with chocolate ganache, yum!  My new favorite cupcakes!

Let’s talk chocolate ganache.  It’s that thick layer of chocolate between the cake and the frosting.  It has a few purposes… first of all it’s incredibly decadent and delicious.  And second, it helps to seal in the moisture of the cake! It’s so easy to make, give it a shot! And if you’re trying to be all healthy, then just use the ganache and skip the frosting! Low-cal cupcake 🙂

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with chocolate ganache, yum!  My new favorite cupcakes!

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PS: Did you see by gorgeous Banana Split Cake from a few weeks ago?

This Banana Split Cake is perfect for summer and so easy to make!

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Ingredients

Chocolate Strawberry Cake:
1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil or melted butter
1 C. sour cream
5-8 strawberries
Chocolate Ganache (optional):
1 C. chocolate chips, I prefer semi-sweet
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-4 C. powdered sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
2. In a large bowl, sift in cake mix to remove any lumps. Add eggs, oil, sour cream and stir until combined well.
3. Cut the stems off the strawberries and then toss the berries into a blender to puree. Add puree to cake batter and stir in.
4. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
5. Let cool.
6. Chocolate Ganache: In a microwave proof bowl, place chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream. Microwave for 40 seconds and then in 10 second increments stirring in between. Stir until smooth. (You want to be careful to not burn the chocolate, every microwave is different so be careful. If your bowl gets REALLY hot, use a different bowl next time because bowl that get really hot aren't good for microwaving 🙂
7. Dip the tops of your cooled cupcakes into the ganache and let set.
8. Cream Cheese Frosting: In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together. Add vanilla extract and then slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Pipe over your ganache once it has set and if firm and top with fresh strawberries!

14 thoughts on “Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Tonya Boswell says:

    These look so yummy. I’m going to give them a try this week. Thanks for all of the great recipes.

  2. 2
    Lin says:

    How much puree does 5-8 strawberries make? I don’t want the texture to be compromised because it’s too much liquid. Loved your strawberry lemonade cupcakes and I’m sure these are just as amazing!

  3. 3

    Goreous and so yuummy at the first look, Chocolate + Strawberry + Cheese = Great summer dessert

  4. 4
    Oana says:

    Gorgeous photography, well done! And the cupcakes, well, they look beyond delicious.

  5. 5

    These look so good! Anything with cream cheese icing HAS to be absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing these beauties!

  6. 6
    Dorota says:

    Wow, these muffins look awsome!! 🙂

  7. 7
    megan says:

    How many cupcakes should these make? 2 dozen?

  8. 8
    Virginia says:

    How do you get your liners to stay so red and vibrant? Every time I use liners the color fades after they are baked

  9. 9
    Tara says:

    I tried to make these tonight. I went to check them at 15 minutes and thet fell. 🙁 I’m hoping that it wont matter since the icing will be on top. We will see. Before they sank they were absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had been able to get a picture. Lol

  10. 10
    Taylor says:

    I was wondering if any box of chocolate cake mix will do, or if you use a certain one?

  11. 11
    Juanita says:

    Why hasn’t anyone received any replies or answers on their questions? I would also like to know the answers to some of these questions.

  12. 12
    Tammy says:

    Made these today. They look better than they taste! Would not add the sour cream next time. 5 to 8 pureed strawberries is not enough…did not have a strawberry flavor with the chocolate. Box cake does not produce a dense enough cake to tie all these other componets together. Will try again and tweek.

  13. 13
    Rose says:

    I just made these, and tried one without ganache or frosting. They are OMG amazing. Thank you so much for sharing

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