The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake – For Chocoholics and Everyone Else!

My kids are diehard fans of chocolate.  You can give them chocolate on its own, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, chocolate milk….if there’s chocolate rice and chocolate fruits, I bet they would eat those in a heartbeat too!

Hence it was almost like a dream come true when I recently baked the most delicious and decadent chocolate cupcakes ever.  I call them the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes!  I don’t take all the credit though…I got the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.  The pictures were beckoning me to bake them; what could I do?  Bake them I did!  I have no regrets whatsoever (but my hips probably do!).

Brown Eyed Baker calls them The Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever, and it will take a very strong will to disagree.  These are chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling topped with a smooth and silky chocolate buttercream frosting that will have you asking for more.

This recipe uses some bread flour, which I have never used in cakes before, so perhaps that is the secret ingredient?  I also used apple cider vinegar in place of the white vinegar in the recipe, and I omitted the corn syrup in the frosting.

Trust me…this is THE only chocolate cupcake recipe you will ever need.  You can choose to omit the ganache filling but I find this gives it the extra oomph, plus if there’s any left on the spoon, we get to lick it off too!  Yumsss!!

Here’s the recipe.  I hope you get to try it soon because you definitely won’t be sorry!

The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake (adapted from Brown Eyed Baker)
Yield: 12-15 medium-sized cupcakes

For the Ganache Filling:
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

For the Cupcakes:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
â…“ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
¾ cup hot coffee
¾ cup bread flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (The original recipe calls for white vinegar but I only had apple cider, so I used it instead)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
1¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
¾ cup light corn syrup (I omitted this)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate (milk, semisweet or dark), melted and cooled

1. Make the Ganache Filling: Place the chopped chocolate, heavy cream and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave on high power until the mixture is warm to the touch, 20 to 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth, then refrigerate until just barely chilled, no longer than 30 minutes.

2. Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with liners. Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot coffee over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

4. Whisk the oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin pan cups. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon of ganache filling on top of each cupcake. Bake until the cupcakes are set and just firm to the touch, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

6. Make the Frosting: In a food processor, process the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract and process until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then add the chocolate and pulse until smooth and creamy, 10 to 15 one-second pulses. Frost the cupcakes as desired. The frosted cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


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One Response to The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake – For Chocoholics and Everyone Else!

  1. Melissa says:

    Does the ganache filling stay distinct (can’t think of a better word) during baking, or does it blend in with the cake? I’m asking because I don’t see it in the photo.

    You could probably save some time, too, by making extra ganache, then whipping it to make frosting. Or even just dipping the cupcakes into liquid ganache. As long as it’s chocolate, it can’t be bad, right?

    The Giddy Tigress says: You know, it was supposed to stay “distinct” but somehow the ganache filling blended in with the rest of the cake. I might try baking the cake first next time and then scooping out some cake to fill it with ganache.

    As for the frosting, it does contain some of the ganache. That’s what made it smooth and silky. I did try dipping the cupcakes into liquid ganache too but they didn’t look as nice as frosting. Maybe I didn’t dip it deep enough.

    Thanks for your suggestions!

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