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Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling


Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling Recipe

Adapted from Bakericious
Make 12 cupcakes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 18-20 minutes


Ganache Filling

3 ounces (85g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Chocolate Cupcakes

3 ounces (85g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup (28g) cocoa powder
3/4 cup (180 ml) hot water
2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
3/4 cup (115g) bread flour
3/4 cup (147g) baking sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (226.5g) unsalted butter, room temperature
3-4 cups (375g – 500g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk

Sprinkles for decoration


Ganache Filling

Combine all three ingredients for the Ganache Filling in a bowl. Double boil the chocolate mixture. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Remove from the double boiler and chill in the refrigerator for not more than 25 minutes.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Mix the bittersweet chocolate with the cocoa powder in a bowl. In a cup, pour 3/4 cup of hot water into the instant coffee powder. Slowly add the coffee into the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Sift the bread flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.

Use a new bowl and beat the oil, eggs, white vinegar and vanilla extract together. Slowly add in the chocolate-coffee mixture. Whisk well.

Next, add in the sifted ingredients 2-3 tablespoons each time and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners. Drop in a rounded teaspoon of the Ganache Filling into the center of each cupcake batter. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes until firm to touch.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Use a mixer with a paddle attachment and beat the butter until soft and fluffy at medium speed. Slowly pour in 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time and mix well. Then add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon heavy cream while mixing for another 2-3 minutes.

Adjust the icing stiffness accordingly. Add additional 1 tablespoon of heavy cream if the icing consistency is too stiff or 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar if the icing is too thin.

Cook’s Note:

Alternate method to melt the Ganache Filling is to use the microwave. Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 20-30 seconds. Whisk until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for no longer than 25 minutes.

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24 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. They are absolutely adorable at such age. I remember when my nephew started to eat broccoli when it was described as “little trees”. Uncle was really proud hearing that he was the first who ever made him eat broccoli.

    Happy birthday to Little boy G.

    And yeah, time is flying by. It frightens me already that my oldest nephew is turning 5. It feels like last week when i had a sms saying that he was born, while waiting for my flight to hong kong at Heathrow UK end of 2007.

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  3. Janet

    Hi, your choc cupcakes looks so yummy! I was so motivated to try your recipe. May I know why your recipe is using bread flour but not cake flour?

  4. Em

    Baked this for my daughter’s birthday this week. Everyone loved it. My husband says that it’s the best cupcake he’s ever eaten, and requested me to bake it again. :) I’ll be using this recipe from now on. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. dongky

    hi, cupcake looks yummy… i’m just wondering how did you make your buttercream so smooth. i always have this problem with buttercream.. whenever i add the powdered sugar it seems there’s a sand in it even if i beat it for a long time. how should i correct this? your reply will be a great help..

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