Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Finally, a cake fit to serve to the best Dad! A chocolate cake with whipped cream icing topped with tuxedo-dressed strawberries! To make the strawberries:


18 large fresh strawberries with stems
1 cup vanilla or white chips
3-1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions: Wash strawberries and pat until completely dry. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and put in the refrigerator. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt vanilla chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening at 70% power; stir until smooth. Dip each strawberry in the white chocolate until two-thirds is coated, forming the tuxedo shirt, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper tray and chill until set, about 30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening. To form the tuxedo jacket, dip each side of berry into chocolate from the tip of the strawberry to the top of vanilla coating. Repeat on the other side, leaving a white V-shape in the center. Chill berries for 30 minutes or until set. Re-melt reserved chocolate and using a toothpick, draw a bowtie and three buttons down the "shirt." Chill for 30 minutes or until set. Store in the refrigerator in a covered plastic container for up to 1 day. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

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