My motto has always been and will always be NEVER. ENOUGH. CHOCOLATE. And this rings true with these Chocolate on Chocolate Cupcakes. Because a moist and decadent chocolate cupcake is only made complete when topped with a perfectly piped pile of creamy chocolate ganache.
The key here is your favorite morning brew. Coffee works wonders in all things chocolate—enhancing their chocolatey flavor. You’ve seen me use this trick before in my Best Ever Fudgy Chocolate Brownies.
But these cupcakes incorporate both espresso powder and brewed coffee to really bring chocolate to the forefront.
Chocolate on Chocolate Cupcakes Tips and Tricks
Sifting Is Your Friend
I am admittedly guilty of skipping this step most of the time. It just seems like an extra frivolous step and I WANT CUPCAKES NOW.
But cocoa powder tends to get clumpy, and if you don’t sift it, you risk getting little bitter bits of dry cocoa powder—not the best surprise when biting into an otherwise perfect cupcake.
So strap on your apron, grab your sieve, and sift your little heart out! You’ll be glad you took the extra time to do it.
Wake Up and Cool The Coffee
If you’re completely reliant on your morning cuppa-joe like me, you may have iced coffee in the fridge at all times. But if your brewing an extra cup just for this recipe, make sure it is completely cool before adding it to your batter.
Pouring steaming hot coffee into your mixture could scramble your eggs or even curdle your mayonnaise. Stick it in the freezer for a couple of minutes in a pinch—that should do the trick!
Green tip: Both chocolate and coffee have big impacts on the environment in the way of deforestation. Look for UTZ or rainforest alliance certifications to make sure you are sourcing sustainable coffee and chocolate!
Ganache Plays By The Rules
Ganache is the simplest delight. And it’s consistent. Using a 1:1 ratio of chocolate to heavy cream will always yield a beautiful ganache. This recipe uses 1 & 1/2 cups of each, which will provide enough to generously frost 24 cupcakes.
But I’ve learned that not everyone agrees on how much icing is the perfect amount of icing. If you know you like less, maybe just use 1 cup of each. If you want heaping mounds of ganache, use 2 cups of chocolate and 2 cups of cream.
Go ahead! Sink your teeth into these Chocolate on Chocolate Cupcakes. And let us know how much you love them! And then, once you devour these, check out this Rich Vegan Chocolate Oreo Pie and Sinful Boozy Chocolate Mousse.
Because… NEVER. ENOUGH.CHOCOLATE.