Warning- when my wife takes some of this into work her co-workers get very jealous and what her to bring them some.
Step 1: Ingredients
Mixer- hand or stand
Chocolate mixer - electric fondue pot or double boiler
Sauce brush - I use a silicone BBQ sauce brush
14oz chocolate- I recommend Toblerone
2/3 cup Half and half
3 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
8oz strawberries - more or less depending on taste
Step 2: Make the Meringue Base Layers
-Preheat oven to 300 degrees
-Spray the cookie sheet with Pam and place parchment paper to cover cookie sheet- Pam helps parchment paper stick to sheet
-Mix sugar and coco powder
-Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla.
-Beat until the whites form soft peaks.
-Then slowly add sugar mixture while continuing mixing until stiff peaks. (I have only ever had it get to stiff peaks once, so get it close it still turn out just as good.
-Make three strips of meringue - see picture below
-Bake 25 to 30 minutes.
-Let cool- it should look like the last picture
Step 3: Make the Chocolate
Slowly melt chocolate and try not to eat it
The half and half allows the chocolate to be liquid at a lower temperature and keeps the chocolate from becoming rock hard when it cools.
Step 4: Coat the Cooked Meringue
I use a silicone BBQ brush.
This prevents the cooked meringue from becoming soggy from the strawberry juices
Step 5: Add Stawberries and More Chocolate
-Layer them on the coated cooked meringue
-Drench in chocolate and stack them
Step 6: Add More Chocolate
When ready to serve slice like a loaf of bread and enjoy.
Step 7: Cupcake Modification
Cook for 25 minutes but keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn if they cook quicker or take longer.
When cooked take them out and let cool.
-When I made these the centers fell when cooking, that is what we want.
-Melt chocolate the same as step three
-Cut the strawberries
-Place one strawberry in the fallen center of the cupcake
-Top the cupcakes with chocolate and place in refrigerator
- Once chocolate cools and firms up serve.