Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting

by | Oct 17, 2012 | All, Desserts

WARNING: this is a putzy recipe. Not an incredibly difficult type of putzy. More like a-lot-of-steps putzy. Time-consuming? Yes. Worth the extra effort? I think so, especially when it’s a special occasion.

My husband and I enjoyed a milestone this week: 13 years of marriage. Since it was a weekday night, all celebrating took a backseat to kid activities like homework and sports games. But isn’t that expected after 2 kids and 13 years of life together? We’ll make a date for dinner out soon, but in the meantime, I could think of no better way to honor the occasion than with a little chocolate

I’ve been intrigued by this frosting for a few months now. I think it is what truly sets these cupcakes apart from many others. It’s a lip-smacking combination of the more traditional buttercream with a cooked frosting. Frankly, I was a bit intimidated by the process (there is a candy thermometer involved!) but once I got all the ingredients out, it was merely a matter of adding everything together in the right order at the right time. Trust me; you can do it. And don’t they look so impressive when they are done? You can seriously wow people with these babies. 

But wait, it gets even better when you take a bite, because tucked inside these cupcakes is a dollop of pure decadence: chocolate ganache! Just enough to take these chocolate cupcakes over the top.

Thirteen years of marriage never looked so tempting.

(All recipe credit goes to The Faux Martha and CakeLove. I’m just the baker.) 
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