How to Make REALLY Luscious Chocolate Fudge Dipped Cupcakes

These are really luscious.   They take a few minutes for the dipping but they’re worth it.

Chocolate ganache is incredible.    It’s made with cream, butter, and chocolate.  With ingredients like that, no wonder it tastes incredible.  It’s quick and simple to make.

Make your favorite cupcakes.  Cover them with buttercream frosting.  Then dip them in the chocolate to give them a thick, rich coating of very good chocolate.

The Cupcakes

Last Saturday we made these fudgy chocolate dipped cupcakes and served them in the store.  Some scarfed them right down.  Some slowly nibbled away to make them last as long as possible.  But everyone loved them.

We made chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and dipped them in chocolate.  Then we did chocolate cherry cheesecake cupcakes.  Then we made ice cream cupcakes and peanut butter cupcakes and even pretzel topped cupcakes.

Very good.

How to Dip Cupcakes in Chocolate Ganache

Use this recipe and a good quality chocolate to make the ganache.  We recommend wafers, not chips, since wafers are made with a better chocolate and are of candy-making quality.

The following recipe will yield a thick, paste like ganache. You may thin your ganache with more cream.

Ganache Recipe

1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons butter

Bring the cream just to the boiling point.

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.  In a medium bowl, pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Stir in the butter. Let the ganache cool until it reaches a desired thick consistency.

You can heat it or cool it as needed to get a thick coating.

To dip the cupcakes:

Once your ganache cools to the proper consistency, dip the frosted cupcakes in the ganache.  You want a thick coat, thick enough the frosting does not show through.  If it does, wait a minute and dip them a second time.  Then let the ganache cool a bit so that it is not so thin.  Put a generous coating of frosting on the cupcakes.

We use a round tip, not a star tip, to get an attractive, billowy profile.

Dipped Cupcake Recipes

  • Grandpa Grumpy Cupcakes.  (Honest, I wasn’t grumpy.)  Chocolate cupcakes, vanilla filling and frosting, and chocolate coating.
  • Puddles Cupcakes.  Puddles of cherry filling and chocolate on cream cheese filled cupcakes.
  • Drumstick Cupcakes.  Vanilla cake with an ice cream filling.  Add a round ball of frosting then dip it in chocolate and smother it with chopped peanuts.
  • Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes.  Vanilla cake with a chocolate filling covered with vanilla frosting and dipped with peanut butter ganache and cover with chopped pretzel pieces.

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