These are probably the most complicated cupcakes I’ve ever attempted (I usually keep it super simple), but even though the ingredient list is pretty long they weren’t really that hard to make, and they were the hit at the party they were taken to. They’re unique, chocolatey, and filled. You really can’t beat that when looking for the perfect cupcake.
While the cupcakes are baking, make the ganache and buttercream.
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water
Sprinkles or chocolate shavings
Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with muffin cups. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat with mixer for about 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. This will make the batter really thin but that’s okay. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
Bake about 23 minutes (oven temperatures and times vary) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.
Once completely cool, fill cupcakes with chocolate ganache*. Then, frost with vanilla buttercream*. Add sprinkles or chocolate shavings. You can also put a maraschino cherry into the top of each mound of frosting.
Chocolate Ganache Filling
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter, softened
Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for about a minute, and then stir until it is smooth.
Add the butter and stir. I put the ganache in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm it up a bit so it’s easy to pour but not too thin.
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces confectioners sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Beat butter with a mixer until pale and creamy. (This will take a minute or two.)
Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat until buttercream is smooth.
If you try this recipe and love it, let me know about it! They’re great for birthday parties, or even just for a movie night in. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration, but the person who pinned it did not include a link so I have no idea where it actually came from. If you know, please let me know so I can give the creator proper credit.
— Slap Dash Mom (@SlapDashMom) April 28, 2012