Red Velvet Strawberry Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients

  • Red Velvet Cupcakes, makes 2 dozen
  • 2 ½ cups Cake Flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs Dutch processed cocoa powder (* it must be Dutch Processed)
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 2 oz Red food coloring (*I cut it to 1.5oz with plenty of red color, but if you want to go all the way with it- who am I to stop you?
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 heaping tsp baking soda
  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla paste (or a scraping of ½ a vanilla bean or just extract)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbs milk
  • Pink food coloring
  • Fresh Strawberry Filling:
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • Ganache Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • Sprinkles (optional)
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