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Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling and fluffy marshmallow frosting tickled the palates around our house! I hit the major sweet spots including chocolate, cupcakes, ganache and marshmallows. A winning combination in every bite!

Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

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Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

These cocoa cupcakes debuted in 2011 when my blog just had its first birthday. I’m impressed that the old photos are actually in focus with decent white balance. But I won’t torture you with those tiny images, since I remade these for an after Easter treat this year.Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

Filled Cupcakes

Apparently, the first time around, I made these during Lent. Here’s what was going on back then (taken from my old post):

Mom, why are you torturing me????  I know that’s what Nick will say when he arrives home from school this afternoon and sees the counter lined with cupcakes.

In 2011, he was a junior in high school. His most frequent response was (and still is!), “I’m always hungry,” when I inquire if he wants seconds or needs a snack. I’m sure it was torture to be denied these cocoa cupcakes!

It was the arrival of my April Bon Appetit  that lead me astray. I knew I’d have to bake the chocolate cupcakes topped with seven minute AKA marshmallow frosting.

Nick, unfortunately, gave up desserts for Lent that year as he often does. I probably made some gooey cinnamon rolls to make it up to him. He gave up dessert, not breakfast treats!

Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling - Cocoa cupcakes, rich ganache filling and a billowy marshmallow frosting!

Marshmallow Frosting

I remember my  mom attempting  this seven minute or marshmallow frosting on more than one occasion.  Once to ice a lemon curd filled poppy seed cake.

She didn’t realize that all kitchen implements have to be free of grease (including even a speck of egg yolk) or the frosting will never get light, fluffy and spreadable. I think a fifteen minute frosting was attempted a few times!

So heed my warning and make sure your bowl and beaters are scrupulously clean so you don’t have to make more than one attempt! It’s worth the effort to have a light, fluffy icing to contract the intense double dose of chocolate.

The billowy, marshmallow-like frosting is what makes these especially impressive. These cocoa cupcakes with the surprise ganache filling were perfect for the true chocoholics in the family.

Check out Bon Appetit to see how their fabulous food stylists iced with peaks and swirls.

Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

Photo circa 2011

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Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

Cocoa Cupcakes Filled with Chocolate Ganache

Rich Cocoa Cupcakes with chocolate chips and a ganache filling topped with a fluffy marshmallow frosting!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Cupcakes



  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350º.  Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.  Set aside.  With a mixer, beat sugar and butter till light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well incorporated.  Add vanilla and mix. 

Add half the dry ingredients, the hot water, then the rest of the dry ingredients, beating just until blended after each addition.  Let batter sit for 5 minutes.  Stir in chocolate chips, then divide batter into muffin tins.

Bake 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Cool in tins.
To make filling, place cream in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup or microwave safe bowl.  Microwave just to boiling.  Add chocolate chips.  Let stand a minute, then whisk till smooth.  Let stand at room temperature until cool and thick, at least 2 hours.

To make icing, whisk 1/3 cup water, sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in large heatproof bowl.  Set over a saucepan of gently simmering water and beat with a mixer until soft peaks form (about 5 minutes).  Remove bowl from saucepan and continue mixing till frosting is cool and very fluffy. (about 2 more minutes).  Mix in vanilla.

Using  your thumb or cupcake corer (I found mine at Target), press down into center of cupcake to form a deep opening.  Spoon ganache into each opening.

Frost cupcakes, making generous peaks. May be made a day ahead and stored at room temperature.


Adapted from Bon Appetit.

These were shared on Lisa’s Sweets for a Saturday.

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26 comments on “Cocoa Cupcakes with Ganache Filling”

  1. Thatz a real treat to true chocoholics like me:-)
    The icing looks soo yummy.
    I am drooling here looking at the last click!!!

  2. Lol Nick is right – this is torture not being able to taste your delicious cupcakes! Delicious looking! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Beautiful! But if he can have a cinnamon roll , can’t he just eat a cupcake for breakfast? Then it is not dessert?

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cupcake as delicious looking as yours in my life. That ganache filling sounds like a dream.

  5. Just how do you eat all these sweets>? I have a ton frozen lol…this blogging is killing my waistline and you look awesome as these cupcakes are to heaven!

  6. If I made these I may never eat anything else but this. Chocolate cupcakes are legendary but ganache filled?? Please! I’m trying to stay away from such things and you’re making it difficult. 🙂

    I hope you are having a good week!


  7. Ganache-filled cupcakes are outstanding – I like to do them without frosting, but with frosting sounds incredible.

  8. I recently bought one of those little cupcake hollowing (hollower?) contraptions from Sur la Table, and I have yet to try it out. This looks like a nice recipe to finally give that thing a whirl! Beautiful blog you have here.

  9. Oh man my new BA is still in my mail sorter – usually I read it immediately when I get it but life has been so busy! But now that i know these beauties are waiting inside, I think I will have to hurry. I am esp eager to try the 7-minute frosting. 🙂

    Also, you mentioned you got your cupcake corer at target – how recently was that, I havent been able to find one anywhere!

  10. Ah, I have this one tabbed in my BA mag too. Now I will surely have to try it. Looks fabulous!

  11. Oh those look so delicious! That would be torture not being able to have one of these! Yummy!

  12. Ganache is fantabuloso :). Love your adorable cupcake wrappers. Love your little chocolate tops too!!


  13. Beautiful cupcakes, they look delicious! I would love to have one of these right now!

  14. Lizzy, such a genius idea to fill the cupcake whole with ganache. Drooling over this. Now, the thing to do for me is to get me a gadget like that. Probably it Sonoma?

    The seven minute icing is what we call now, marshmallow frosting is the same exact recipe I have, and most of the time, I have to double this for a cake.
    Yours turned out so perfect, and fluffy! Now you know why I stick with you…”great minds think alike!”

  15. I have to watch my spelling, since you don’t have an “edit”…take the W out of the whole…LOL I meant HOLE…and yes, I would like to fill the cupcake whole…entirely with the ganache, an why not? I would just eat it with a spoon, just like the fluffy frosting, which btw is perfect, but I already said that!

  16. These look awesome! Great pics!

  17. Oooooh! I love that little gadget for making the holes to fill! I will have to track down a UK supplier. It’s such a cute idea!

  18. Those liners are adorable! I could use a cupcake or two of those right now!

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  20. OMG, I feel Nick’s pain. I’m trying hard to stay away from chocolate and these are so inviting.
    Congrats on winning the giveaway too, the tuna salad sounds delicious.

  21. My Baking Addiction blog had a genius idea for filled cupcakes by using an apple corer to make a hollow.

  22. Thanks, everyone!!! Carole, thank you for the tip…I better check out that blog 🙂

  23. I have these marked as well but I think you just moved them to the top of my list!

  24. I LOVE filled cucpakes. The little surprise when you bite is so good, especially when it’s chocolate.

    I hope you’ll stop by and share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday!

  25. Happy to meet you and your blog….and these cupcakes too, hugs from Italy, ciao Flavia

  26. Love the pretty cupcake! I’m sure kids gonna go gaga over them. xoxo

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