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Chocolate Surprise Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting

This decadent cupcake comes with a yummy present hidden inside. Top the muffins with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate

August 8th, 2011

By LeeAnne Wright

12 cupcakes
Prep Time
40 minutes
  • 5 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped fine, divided
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Pinch table salt
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened and cut into 1-tbsp pieces
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  1. To make the ganache, place 2 oz chocolate and cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave 20–30 seconds. Whisk until smooth. Transfer bowl to refrigerator until chilled.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan. Place remaining chocolate and cocoa in medium bowl. Heat buttermilk in microwave for 45 seconds and pour over chocolate and cocoa. Whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.

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

  4. Add oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla to cooled chocolate-cocoa mixture; whisk until smooth. Add in flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

  5. Divide batter evenly in muffin pan cups. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon of ganache filling on top of each cupcake. Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to touch, 17–19 minutes.

  6. To Make Icing: Combine sugar, salt and egg whites and beat until slightly thickened and foamy (like shaving cream consistency), about 5 minutes.

  7. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, until smooth.

  8. Add cooled melted chocolate and vanilla extract; mix until combined. Beat until light, fluffy and thoroughly combined, scraping beater and sides of bowl with spatula as needed.

Chocolate Surprise Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting
Photography by John Cullen

2 responses to “Chocolate Surprise Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Julia says:

    Where is icing recipe????

  2. Blake Eligh says:

    Hi Julia–Thanks for your note. Icing ingredients and recipe are now visible (WordPress was playing tricks). Let us know how you like them! ~blake

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