Yes, "Chocolate" and "Strawberry" in the same thing. I knew that would get everyone's attention.
I wanted an easy dessert for the hordes on Sunday night. Everyone loves chocolate cake. I also had some strawberries that were begging to do something other than gallop full speed into my mouth. And so this idea was born. Use complicated recipes or simple substitutions, as you wish. After all, it's summer, traditional vacation time, and you shouldn't work too hard.
1 recipe chocolate cake batter (use this recipe, or this one, or a box. It's all good.)
1 pound strawberries, sliced thin, stirred with 2tbsp sugar
1 cup whipping cream, whipped with 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 cup sugar (or whatever whipped topping you love)
Pour the cake batter into 12 greased coffee or tea cups. Place on a baking sheet, and place in a preheated 350F oven for 22 to 27 minutes, until the cakes test done. Cool completely. Using a pointed knife, cut a cone out of the center of the cupcake, and lift out. Spoon 1 to 2 tbsp whipped cream into the cake and replace the cone, pushing down gently so it oozes around.. Put another 1 to 2 tbsp whipped cream on top of the cake, and spread it out. Spoon some strawberries on top. If desired, put a touch more whipped cream atop the strawberries, sprinkle some colored sugar on top for decoration, and serve.
All of your chocolate fiends who also enjoy strawberry shortcake should really scarf this down. I know that mine did, even the picky eaters!