triple chocolate surprise cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

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I can’t believe it, but tomorrow it will be 6 years since Pete and I were blessed with our oldest daughter Olympia.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

She is just a few days into kindergarten, and today is her “School Birthday.” I wanted to make her special cupcakes to take with her and I let her choose the flavor (chocolate-chocolate of course!) and the color (Turquoise) and then I told her the rest would be a surprise.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

I wish I was going to be in the classroom to see all of the kids expressions when they realized that these cupcakes would be filled with an extra special surprise inside! I first saw these type of surprise cupcakes on my friend Amanda’s Blog, and I knew that at some point I would have to make them!

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

For the cake I used one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes and then made a fudgy chocolate ganache frosting for the top. But it is the brightly colored little chocolate candies inside that steal the show! The combo is enchanting and I hope you give them a try, they are completely easy and delicious!

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

To make these Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes, this is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 30 cupcake liners in pans.
In a small pot bring the cream to a simmer. Put the chocolate pieces in a medium bowl and then pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces. Let sit 10 minutes and then whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool and set up, at least an hour.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

In a medium bowl whisk the cocoa powder and the boiling water until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and the vanilla and beat until well combined and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour,  baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.

Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and set them in the middle rack to bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. (you will probably have to do this in two batches.) Let the cupcakes sit out until they are totally cool, about 30 minutes.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Using a pairing knife, cut a circle out of the top of the cupcake, then use a small spoon to dig the center of the cupcake out.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Fill the inside of the cooled cupcakes with assorted m&m’s or some similar candy.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Put the cooled ganache frosting into a pastry bag or squeeze bottle with a star tip and pipe the frosting in directly over the top of the cupcake and candy.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Decorate the top of the cupcake with candy and sprinkles.

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

 

Recipe: Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound dark chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 2-3/4 cups AP flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups m&ms or other small candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 30 cupcake liners in pans.
  2. In a small pot bring the cream to a simmer. Put the chocolate pieces in a medium bowl and then pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces. Let sit 10 minutes and then whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool and set up, at least an hour.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the cocoa powder and the boiling water until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and the vanilla and beat until well combined and fluffy.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and set them in the middle rack to bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. (you will probably have to do this in two batches.)
  7. Let the cupcakes sit out until they are totally cool, about 30 minutes.
  8. Using a pairing knife, cut a circle out of the top of the cupcake, then use a small spoon to dig the center of the cupcake out.
  9. Fill the inside of the cooled cupcakes with assorted m&m’s or some similar candy.
  10. Put the cooled ganache frosting into a pastry bag or squeeze bottle with a star tip and pipe the frosting in directly over the top of the cupcake and candy.
  11.  

    Decorate the top of the cupcake with candy and sprinkles. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

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29 Comments

  1. Alice says:

    WoW! Congratulation to Olyimpia (happy birthday to her!!!) :) About cupcakes… what can I say… Simply delicious… yumm!!!

  2. christine says:

    Happy Birthday to her! and oh my goodness I wish I were a child again and my mom made these for me! Heavenly!!!

  3. These are so fun Heather!! Love this idea….a surprise like this is always welcome!

  4. Tieghan says:

    These have got to be the cutest cupcake ever! I LOVE this fun idea and cannot wait to make them for my 5 year old sister. She will freak over them!

    • Thanks Teighan!! I really do wish I could see all the 5 year olds in Pia’s class, I would have loved this!

  5. Patty says:

    What a lovely idea for cupcakes. Thank you for the post. I was so disappointed when our grandchildren’s schools banned birthday cupcakes in favor of a more healthier alternative. That doesn’t stop me from baking their birthday cupcakes so I am looking forward to trying this recipe next. Who doesn’t love M&Ms?

    • Total confession Patty! Last year Pia’s school didn’t allow them either and now that this school does I took the liberty of going nuts!

  6. Amanda says:

    These are adorable!!! Such a beautiful color combo!! And Happy Birthday to your angel!!!

    • Thank you Amanda- I am always inspired by everything I see and read on your blog :)

  7. collette says:

    Those are freaking adorable! How awesome! Happy Birthday Pia! She will be the hit of her class today!

  8. Vicki B says:

    Oh my gosh! What a kick these are! I imagine lots of her classmates will want to come with her after school!

  9. Angela Greene says:

    Happy Birthday to Pia! She has a pretty cool Mama to make these special cupcakes. Yum!!!

  10. This is SO awesome. I can’t imagine any kid or adult that wouldn’t be ecstatic to see what these cupcakes are filled with. Yum!

  11. Michelle in VA says:

    BEAUTIFUL! I need to try this the next time I grace my office with cupcakes (there have been subtle suggestions it’s overdue). I noticed you didn’t say what to do with the circles and innards you cut out. You ate them, didn’t you? :)

    • I would have Michelle, but my mom and Coco got to them first :)

  12. Susie Fritzky says:

    These are absolutely adorable and look delicious! Happy 6th birthday, Pia!

  13. Too cute, I love the surprise center! So much fun, I’m sure the cupcakes were a huge hit at school!

  14. Niyathi says:

    These look delicious and I think would be adorable for a gender reveal party for an expecting couple, with a neutral colored candy on top of course :)

  15. Goddessnene says:

    Happy birthday to Olympia and many happy years to come! It was my beautiful baby girl’s birthday on friday too, she turned 10 made her a beautiful cake, then she saw these cupcakes and said aw mommy these r so pretty especially since my girls r into turquoise now adays, isn’t that weird they’re no longer into pink! I’m definitely going to make these soon, my 2 oldest daughters have their birthdays beginning october.

  16. These rich, chocolate cupcakes look so delicious from the outside that they don’t even need the surprise inside, byt with these candy stuffed in the center these cupcakes are really over the top. I LOVE them!
    I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  17. Edelweiss says:

    OOOh… these look scrumptious.. I want to make them.. However I am confused.. You have said in your recipe that I must whisk the cocoa powder with hot water…
    and again later u said i must combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda.. etc… Please clarify. Also I live in the Middle East, what is AP flour? can i use plain maida (or white flour that we use for cakes?) Thank you .. waiting for your reply.

    • fixed the typo Edelweiss, thanks for the heads up!

  18. Corri says:

    This would be WAY awesome for a baby gender reveal party!!!!! I’m totally making them tonight! Thanks!!!