Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes – decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

I don’t get out much – I’m a working mom and travel quite a bit for work.  Which means the “being an adult and doing happy hour outside of my house” isn’t a routine occurrence.  But I finally got a shot at having a night out in honor of my friend’s birthday.  It was rather fun to have a little girl time and get dressed up.  Or at least I thought I was dressed up:

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting! Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

Guy: Hi.  You’re pretty.

Me: Well thanks.  I usually only get that from two-year-olds who have made me put on bright purple eye shadow.

Guy: I mean, you’d be really pretty if you weren’t wearing gym clothes.

Me: THIS IS A NICE SHIRT.  And one of three I own that are free of spaghetti stains.

Guy: Well, then……..

Me: YEAH, BUDDY.

That story really has nothing to do with these cupcakes except that both happened on the same day and it was because of these cupcakes that I had to wear shorts with an elastic waist.  WHICH ARE NOT THE SAME THING AS WORKOUT CLOTHES.  Okay, so maybe my shirt said Under Armour and it was more of a tshirt than something people normally wear but hey, I’M A MOM.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

There’s chocolate, and then there’s chocolate, and then there’s chocolate.  And then there’s these cupcakes.  Holy cow, these are not for the faint of heart.  Not even a little bit – I had a bite and was instantly over the chocolate moon.  And then some.  They are RICH.  But oh, so yummy.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
 
moist dark chocolate cupcakes
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Serves: 24 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • ¾ C butter, room temperature
  • ½ C pure cane white sugar
  • ½ C pure cane brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C buttermilk, room temperature
  • ½ C sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 2 C flour
  • ¾ C dutch-process cocoa
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Whip butter until fluffy. Add sugars and continue to beat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well-combined.
  4. Add in vanilla, buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee and stir slightly.
  5. Sift in flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt a little at a time and stir just until combined. Don’t overmix.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake tin
  7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

  Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

Chocolate Ganache Filling
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ C semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat cream until just before boiling, stirring constantly. Add in vanilla.
  3. Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate mixture for approx 2 hours, stirring occasionally. You're going for the consistency of thick frosting. If you don't have time to do the fridge thing (I think it's easier so I can work on other things while it cools), you can put the bowl down in a larger bowl of ice and whisk away until you get the consistency you want.
  5. Fill your cupcakes with the ganache. It's easiest to use a piping bag. And you'll have some left over - SAVE IT - you'll need it for the frosting. And for tasting.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

The Best Chocolate Frosting
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ C butter, room temperature
  • 4 T cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ C chocolate ganache (or whatever you have leftover from the filling)
Instructions
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese until really fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar and salt until thoroughly combined.
  2. Stir in ganache.
  3. Beat until well-combined.
  4. Frost the cupcakes!
  5. Devour cupcakes!

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes - decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with the BEST chocolate frosting!

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CR Hunter
A lover of adventure, beer, flannel, and Texas, CR Hunter sometimes writes about baking, babies, and failed attempts at multitasking and DIY projects at chuckandwelly.com. And sometimes she just drinks coffee and wears yoga pants.
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