Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Filling and Vanilla Frosting

 I made these for my volleyball team on a day off from school. I wanted to keep the recipe simple, because it’s always better to play it safe when serving 18 teenagers that have completely different palets. I unfortunately had to leave early before I had a chance to hand out the cupcakes after a volleyball game and I wasn’t able to take pictures of everyone eating them as planned. I had someone hand them out for me instead and they apparently were very widely enjoyed.




Chocolate Cupcake

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vinegar

Chocolate Ganache Filling

1-1/2 Cups Semisweet chocolate chips

1 Cup Heavy Cream

2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter Melted

Vanilla Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

4 – 5 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

salt, to taste


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients well with a mixer or wooden spoon first then add in all your liquid ingredients. It should be brown and smooth, free of lumps.
  2. Fill paper baking cups 2/3 full.
  3. Bake at 350 F for 15-19 minutes if you are baking cupcakes for a cake I’d say 17-25 minutes.
  4. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl.
  5. Heat the cream in a saucepan or in the microwave until simmering.
  6. Pour the heated cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until combined.
  7. Beat in the melted butter for two minutes.
  8. Use a corer or make a hole in the middle of the chocolate cupcake and fill with the ganache.
  9. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes.
  10. Add 4 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add up to 1/2 cup more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin or another Tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick.
  11. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
  12. Spread or pipe onto the cupcakes.