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Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes W/ Ganache Filling

Updated: Jul 29, 2023

Indulge in the exquisite Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes with a decadent surprise—a luscious ganache filling at their heart. Rich cocoa powder and brewed espresso perfectly intertwine, elevating the chocolate flavors to heavenly heights. The tender and moist cupcakes boast a delightful crumb, ensuring each bite is an irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth experience. Topped with a creamy chocolate frosting, these delectable treats deliver an enchanting blend of coffee and chocolate, making them a must-try for all dessert enthusiasts. Savor the harmonious marriage of textures and flavors—pure bliss awaits in every single bite! 🍫☕🧁

Set the Scene: Alongside the delightful Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling, I suggest incorporating a self-care strategy such as practicing gratitude. Before and during the baking process, take a moment to reflect on the things you are grateful for in your life. Express appreciation for the ingredients you have, the opportunity to create something delicious, and the joy of indulging in a sweet treat. As you measure the ingredients, mix the batter, and fill the cupcakes, let each action be infused with gratitude and a sense of mindfulness. Finally, when you savor the finished cupcakes, take the time to fully enjoy each bite, savoring the flavors and indulging in the moment of self-care and gratitude.

Vibe: For a smooth pairing to complement the Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling, consider the song "Smooth Operator" by Sade. With its velvety vocals and soulful melody, this classic track adds an extra layer of decadence to your delightful cupcakes, creating a heavenly sensory experience that harmonizes perfectly with the rich flavors and tender texture of the treats. 🎶🍫☕🧁 #SmoothOperator #MochaCupcakes #DecadentDelights #SoulfulMelodies #CreamyHarmony


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled

For the Chocolate Ganache Filling:

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners.

  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil until well combined.

  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk and brewed coffee, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

  6. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream for the ganache filling. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

  7. Using a scoop or spoon, fill each cupcake liner with a small amount of batter. Then add a dollop of the chocolate ganache filling in the center of each cupcake. Top with more cupcake batter to cover the filling.

  8. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake (avoiding the filling) comes out clean.

  9. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  10. For the Chocolate Frosting: Directions for Chocolate Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the softened unsalted butter and beat it with an electric mixer on medium speed until it becomes smooth and creamy.

  • Gradually sift the unsweetened cocoa powder into the bowl with the butter. Continue to mix on low speed until the cocoa powder is fully incorporated, and there are no lumps.

  • Add the powdered sugar to the bowl in batches, mixing on low speed after each addition until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure everything is evenly mixed.

  • With the mixer still running on low speed, pour in the whole milk and vanilla extract. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.

  • Check the consistency of the frosting. If it is too thick, add a little more milk, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired spreadable texture. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, until it thickens.

  • Once the chocolate frosting reaches the desired consistency, it's ready to use. Use it to frost cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or any other baked goods you desire. You can also use a piping bag to pipe the frosting onto your treats for a decorative touch.

  • Store any leftover frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you're ready to use it again, let it come to room temperature and give it a quick stir before spreading or piping.

11. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them generously with the luscious chocolate frosting, and you'll have delightful Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes!


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