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Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling Recipe

Chocolate Cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes reicpe. All kids love these chocolate cupcakes, especially with the ganache filling, frosting & sprinkles.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Keyword Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 505 kcal


Ganache Filling

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

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (85 g)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (28 g)
  • 3/4 cup hot water (180 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 3/4 cup bread flour (115 g)
  • 3/4 cup baking sugar (147 g)
  • 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 unsalted butter, room temperature (226.5 g)
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted (375g - 500 g)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • sprinkles for decoration


Ganache Filling

  1. 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

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling Recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 people)
Calories 505 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 163mg7%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.