Monday, January 31, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling.

Remember these? 
These were the cupcakes I made last Valentines' Day... an assortment of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, all from boxed cake mixes. 
... I really like sprinkles.

And until today they were the only cupcakes I've ever made. I'm more of a cookies girl. But I wanted to make something special for my dad's retirement and since he just bought me a really cute, spiraly white cupcake stand, I figured... cupcakes. 
Real cupcakes. No cake mixes.
Since my dad's favorite cake is a chocolate cake with white frosting, I picked a rich chocolate cupcake filled with a chocolate ganache and, instead of topping them with an overdose of chocolate frosting, went with my favorite vanilla buttercream instead.
And edible silver glitter stars!
Magic!

And remember how I got decorating tips for Christmas? I got to practice! My first attempt... I was really excited...
I got a little carried away on some.
But for the most part, they came out really pretty.
These really are the ultimate chocolate cupcakes. 
Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

Printable Recipe

Ganache Filling
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Chocolate Cupcakes
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
3/4 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
3/4 cup bread flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2-4 tablespoons milk

For the ganache filling, place chocolate, cream, and confectioners' sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high power until mixture is warm to the touch, 20-30 seconds. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator. Let stand until just chilled, no longer than 30 minutes.

For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl and pour hot coffee over the mixture. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, 20-30 minutes.

Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside.

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

Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups, filling each 3/4 full. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon of the ganache filling on top of each cupcake.
Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, 17-19 minutes. Allow to cool in pans 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, in a large bowl beat butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt. Beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of milk; beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Add additonal milk for desired spreading consistency.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

Source: Cupcakes from Pink Parsley, originally from Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2010. Frosting from Pillsbury Fall Baking, #93.

55 comments:

  1. I am so hungry now! I love all your recipes!

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  2. The cupcakes looks so good. I wanna stuff the cupcakes in my mouth. The ganache baked in the cupcake is interesting. Does it become soft after baking?

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  3. The ganache gives it a smooth, almost truffle-like center. It's the best part!

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  4. You did the spirals perfectly! Congrads! I'm not very good at it. These look so good, if only I liked chocolate. I like what you did for last year, those look adorable! I love sprinkles too, but not as much as cachous!

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  5. These look great and I love the star sprinkles! I'm sure your dad will love them!

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  6. I have been looking for a "go-to" chocolate cupcake recipe - I'll have to try these!!

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  7. GANACHE FILLING -- that is great! I never knew you could bake it in the center. I'm totally going to try these. And I love the star sprinkles. SO pretty!

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  8. Those stars are so adorable, I need them!

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  9. I need the stars too. The cutest thing ever!

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  10. These are so cute! I just made some cupcakes tonight :)

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  11. These really are works of art. I'm new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. looooooove those stars! I can't wait to make these

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  13. They look so dark and intense with chocolate! I love the idea of these.

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  14. Your cupcakes look gorgeous and I love the little stars! x

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  15. they are soooo cute!
    i just started a new thing where i make a new kind of cupcake each weekend
    everyone has been begging for super chocolaty ones so im totally going to try this!

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  16. What frosting tip did you use?

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  17. Loving these! And the idea that they are from scratch :) I've yet to try chocolate with a vanilla topping (weird, I know) but I will now...
    Thanks for posting and your gorgeous pics too!
    Lx

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  18. Lorien- It's okay... I've never made a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting! I should do that. Soon. Today!

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  19. This recipe was deeeelish! The cupcakes were moist and rich, yet not too sweet. The icing was great too! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. oh, my goodness! it looks too adorable to eat. may I ask where you got the edible silver glitter stars? and were they expensive?

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  21. These are so delish! Thank you for sharing this recipe! The ganache adds that special yum factor!

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  22. Catherine- Thank you! I got the edible silver stars at Michaels. They were about $3.99 or so & they come in all sort of different shapes and colors.

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  23. Is it possible if i use all purpose flour instead of bread flour?

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  24. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I have been looking for ages for something a little different for my friends wedding. I just made a trial patch and they are amazing!!

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  25. These look SO good - definitely going to try making them this week!

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  26. These cupcakes are the #1 favorite in my house right now! Question: Is the ganache supposed to drop to the bottom of the cupcake? I love this addition but I would prefer the ganache to be in the center, as if it were piped in. Any suggestions?

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  27. Do I need to refrigerate these cupcakes after making them?

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  28. Anonymous #1- I've never tried making these with anything but bread flour, but all-purpose flour should work & it won't affect the taste, just the texture of the cupcake (cake flour makes them lighter). Let me know if you try it!

    Anonymous #2- I'm not sure why the ganache would drop to the bottom. Did you chill it for 30 minutes? Use small teaspoon-sized scoops? Press it into the batter or just place it on top? I've made these several times & the ganache always sinks just to the middle. You could always pipe it in after the cupcakes have baked and cooled though. I wish I had more helpful advice!

    Anonymous #3- I refrigerated them the first time, just because the frosting is whipped cream & I wasn't sure how it'd hold up, but I don't think it's necessary. The second time I made them, I had them out several hours for a party & they held up perfectly.

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  29. My sister in-law makes these cupcakes from her Americas Test Kitchen Cookbook (I love that show!) and I stumbled across your blog looking for the recipe. I topped mine with a dark chocolate frosting from my Martha Stewart Baking Handbook and they were delish! Thanks for the recipe and the awesome pics!

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  30. Hi kerry.. i've already tried these cupcakes, i followed all the steps but why the textures didn't expanding properly like usual cake.. can u please help me??
    fyi, i used cake flour.. btw, i love ur blog.. thanku

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  31. Hey, nice cupcakes ! Love it~
    the chocolate ganache on top of it izzit to make it moist inside?
    By the way, why do we need to add vinegar to the chocolate cupcakes recipes? =)

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  32. Great job! I LOVE to bake (my new husband approves!) and cupcakes are my favorite treat to make. And eat!
    I am currently baking a chocolate cake and am considering adding some sort of ganache layer in the middle. I might try this recipe!

    If you're interested, look for a new blog post on my blog tomorrow about how they turn out!
    http://thenewlywedwife.wordpress.com

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  33. I made these yesterday and topped with Salted Caramel buttercream. I was testing both recipes and they turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. For the chocolate ganache, I followed the instructions but mine didn't sink down at the middle of the cupcake and I did chill the ganache for 20minutes in the refrigerator.
    Is the method of putting a spoonful of batter as the bottom base of the cake, then add the ganache in the middle then cover the ganache with the remaining batter would work in this recipe? You use this method to fill on the raspberry jam in your lemon raspberry cupcakes recipe

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  35. My ganache was more on the liquid side and sank, is there anything I can do to make it thicker?

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  36. Just made these and they r amazing!!!! The choc ganache is to die for!!!

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  37. Place chocolate and cocoa in the method bowl and pour warm espresso more than the mixture.
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  38. I just surprised my family with these cupcakes a few days ago except I used peanut butter frosting. My family LOVED them and they still haven't stopped raving about them! They're already begging for more! The ganache filling was incredible, and the cupcakes were so delicious and moist. Thank you so much for such a delicious recipe!

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  39. could we use vanilla extract instead offconfectioners' sugar in the ganache?

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  40. I just took up baking as a hobby and so far I am loving it so much. do I have to use the coffee?

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  41. can the shortening be replaced by butter?
    and wont the cupcakes be bitter if you use vinegar?

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  42. I have a bridal shower coming up in March and need to make a display of cupcakes so I made a "practice batch" of this recipe and they turned out perfectly. Great texture and consistency. Thanks!

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  43. Just made these tonight...delicious!! I made extra ganache and spread a thin layer on top instead of frosting. Also, If you stick them in the microwave for about 10 seconds they get a molten center...yum!

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  44. I want to make these for a Valentines Day party and live in Co Springs...(7000 feet!) Has anyone else made these in a high altitude? What changes did you make? TIA!!!

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  45. I want to make these for a Valentines Day party and live in Co Springs...(7000 feet!) Has anyone else made these in a high altitude? What changes did you make? TIA!!!

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  46. I will make these tonight and I know that Raspberry coulis goes perfect with ganache.

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  47. hey there,
    it looks great.
    how many cupcake do you get from this recepie?

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  48. Try the them with raspberry coulis. raspberries, confe. sugar, and fresh lemons. Make sure you strain the seeds after the blender. Thank you for the recipe everyone love it.

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  49. I'm new to this blog... these cupcakes look DIVINE! Can't wait to try them!!! For those of you asking about the vinegar... you won't taste it... it reacts with the baking soda to create a lighter/more tender cake. :o)

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  50. I am thinking about making these for a children's birthday party. Can you taste the coffee at all in the finished product?

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  51. i love these cakes there amazing

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  52. These are amazingly rich and chocolatey! We didn't mind the ganache at the bottom of the cupcakes at all. It was a nice surprise for my guests. My son, who normally is not a big fan of cakes and sweets, adored these and asked for them again for his birthday this year:-) One bit of advice, I used Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips and counted 32 of them for each ounce. So, for the ganache I used 64 and for the cupcakes I used 96 chips. Also, you can freeze these to use at a later date---that is, if there are any left! Enjoy...we love, love, love them!

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  53. I love these thank you for the recipe! Was trying to find one online with a chocolate centre! These were perfect, made for a baby shower with blue/white frosting on top, everyone loved them and said how professional they looked and tasted. The ganache sat perfectly in the middle yum yum.

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  54. P.s - I used plain flour instead of bread flour (didnt have any) and they tasted just as good :)

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