Sinful Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes That Make You Want to be Bad

chocolate cupcakesIf you like chocolate (and who doesn't?) these dark chocolate cupcakes are the answer to your dessert dreams. They're not just any chocolate cupcake, though; they're so much more.

From Shugary Sweets, they start with one of the most delicious dark chocolate cupcakes you've ever had. It alone would be delicious enough, but the goodness doesn't stop there. They're then covered in a sweet, chocolaty, cream cheese frosting. That's all topped off with a decadent chocolate ganache and some sprinkles if you like. Pretty, potent, and packed with a flavorful punch -- the perfect cupcakes. 

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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
 
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled
1/4 cup milk

For the Frosting:

8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp chocolate syrup
 
For the Ganache:
 
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 Tbsp dark chocolate chunks, chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
sprinkles, optional
 
For the cupcakes: Mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder in small bowl. Set aside.
 
Mix brewed coffee and milk. Set aside.
 
In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes until fluffy. Add egg. Slowly add in dry ingredients, alternating with milk mixture (in about 3 additions).
 
Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar, cocoa, cream and chocolate syrup. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes, until desired consistency.
 
Pipe onto cooled cupcakes (I used tip #6S). Refrigerate while making ganache.
 
For the ganache: Heat heavy cream, butter and corn syrup on low heat in a medium sized saucepan. Whisk in chocolate chunks, stirring continuously until melted. Remove from heat.
 
Whisk in powdered sugar until fully combined. Drizzle chocolate over cool cupcakes. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate jimmies, if desired.
 
 
Image via Shugary Sweets
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