If I only could eat one cupcake for the rest of my life, it would be this one. The combination of the boozy maple frosting with the rich ganache filling of the chocolate cupcake is truly a decadent treat! If you need a chocolate cupcake that will put all other cupcakes to shame, this Whiskey Maple Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes recipe is the one!
The Ganache-Filled Chocolate Cupcake
This chocolate ganache-filled cupcake was adapted from a recipe from Cooks Illustrated from the June 2010 issue titled The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake with Ganache Filling. And the original recipe truly lives up to its name on its own. It has a malt chocolate frosting and is everything you'd expect it to be!
We have been making this particular recipe for several years now, and tweaked it as time went by, finally landing on the chocolate ganache filled cupcake taste and texture that we preferred, which is in our recipe below.
Some of the tweaks we made to the original recipe include swapping out the coffee for espresso powder along with the addition of milk instead of the hot coffee. And an extra egg yolk was added to achieve a more moist and less dry and crumbly cake.
Overall, you are left with an irresistibly decadent and rich chocolate cupcake that is perfect for a variety of frostings, but the Whiskey Maple Buttercream Frosting is so perfect with these chocolate ganache cupcakes.
Tips for the Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
- Use bread flour
There are a few things about the original recipe that shouldn't be messed with, like the bread flour. We've made these with all purpose flour when we didn't have bread flour before. Although, still delicious, you likely will have some issues with the ganache sinking to the bottom. The bread flour is higher in protein and allows for more gluten development, therefore, the result is cake that is a bit more dense. Because the cake is more dense, the ganache filling does not sink to the bottom as easily.
- Make sure the ganache is not too cold
Another thing to make sure you pay attention to is how cold your ganache gets. A colder ganache will sink to the bottom, so follow the instructions closely to only refrigerate your ganache for 20 minutes then remove to the counter at room temperature until ready to use. You want to get the ganache solid enough to scoop but not too cold.
- Wait until the cupcakes have completely cooled before frosting:
The last thing you want is for the frosting to melt away. Remember, it is made of butter! So, don't get hasty and frost too early. Allow the cupcakes 10-15 minutes to cool in the tray, then remove to a rack and let them cool completely (about an hour) before even thinking about frosting these.
The Whiskey Maple Buttercream Frosting
This frosting is our favorite to make during Fall, but honestly, who doesn't love maple any time of the year?? This must be my Canadian roots showing!
This buttercream frosting is so good, in fact, we've used it in a variety of desserts, including a filling in a Fall macaron with a vanilla cardamom shell (will post the recipe soon), as a topping for cinnamon rolls, as well as the infamous Whiskey Maple Filled Brioche Donuts. Needless to say, make extra frosting and put it in and on everything!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Whiskey Maple Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine.
If you loved this recipe, check out some of our other popular desserts for Fall below:
- Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Gelato
- Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake aka “Crack Cake”
- Brown Butter and Pecan Rum Cake
- Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Pecan Tassies (Tarts)
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