2 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups pasteurized egg whites
2 1/2 cups (5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ounces dark chocolate discs, melted and cooled
3 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature, softened with the back of a spoon
3 tablespoons Zinfandel Wine
2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 1/4 cups unbleached pastry flour*
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dark chocolate discs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
6 to 8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
27 strawberry halves, for garnish
Melted chocolate, for garnish
If using unbleached all-purpose flour instead of unbleached pastry flour, reduce the flour quantity to 2 cups.
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