Blackout Cupcakes

These Blackout Cupcakes are literally stuffed with chocolate! Devil’s Food Cupcakes are filled with brownie batter filling and topped with a whipped chocolate ganache, brownies, chocolate chips and milk chocolate!

The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

So remember when I went to Texas a few weeks ago and ate my way through Austin?

Well, there was one place on that trip that I dream about still.

Gourdough’s Doughnut Truck.

Honestly, the doughnuts are ginormous and the flavors are out of control amazing.

So today is a whole day dedicated to recreating Gourdough’s Doughnuts!  (Just wait until you get to the bottom of this post!)

17 other girls and I decided to do the heavy lifting for you.  Literally.

Basically so you don’t have to go to Austin to get a big fat doughnut for yourself.

Just call today a Doughnut PSA.

Now, as the first picture shows, I didn’t make a doughnut.

I know it makes no sense at all.

But here’s the thing…when I was at Gourdough’s we ordered a Blackout Doughnut.  Here’s the picture…

Image of Doughnuts from GordoughsThe top left doughnut is the Blackout.  It’s described as Brownie Batter, Chocolate Fudge Icing, Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites topped with Chocolate Syrup.

As you can see in the picture it’s pah-ritty messy.

What I kept thinking was how I loved the idea of the doughnut, but not necessarily in doughnut form.

Annnd wouldn’t it make a fantastic cupcake.

Welp. Y’all.  It makes an INCREDIBLE cupcake.


Those folks at Gourdoughs do know their flavor combos that’s for sure.

Let’s take a look at my Blackout Cupcake ~ Inspired by Gourdough’s Doughnuts.  No frying required.

Image of Blackout Cupcakes on a Serving Tray

What we have is a Devil’s Food Cupcake, with Brownie Batter Filling, topped with a whipped chocolate ganache frosting and garnished with brownie pieces, chocolate chips and milk chocolate drizzle.

Hubba. Hubba.

Here’s how I did it.

How to Make Blackout Chocolate Cupcakes

I started by making the chocolate ganache.  It takes some chill time so I actually made it a day in advance, but you don’t have to.  A few hours will do.

You’ll need 12 oz of semi-sweet chocolate.  I used chips, but you could use finely chopped chocolate as well.

Image of Chocolate Chips in a Bowl

Heat one cup of heavy cream until it almost comes to a boil and then pour it over the chocolate.

The hot cream will melt the chocolate.

Image of Chocolate Chips in Hot Cream

Stir it until all the chocolate is melted and it’s gorgeous and silky smooth.

Pop it into the fridge until it’s chilled through.

Also, yes, I stuck my finger in it.

Because I am gross.

Image of Cupcake Batter in a Bowl

After that, scoop it out into the bowl of your mixer and whip it up until it’s smooth.

Go ahead and make your cupcakes now.  And let them cool.

Next make your brownie batter filling.  It’s super easy.

Just take a cup of dry brownie mix…

Image of a Cup of Brownie Mix

And mix it with some butter, powdered sugar and cream.

Hollow out your cupcakes with a paring knife and then fill them with the brownie batter mix.  I used a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off.

Image of Piping Brownie Batter into Cupcake

Don’t worry about the top of the cupcake.  You’re gonna cover it up with frosting.

I mean unless you want to replace the top.

I might have eaten the centers of mine.


You can pipe your ganache on, or spread it with an off-set spatula.

Image of a Blackout Cupcake Before Ganache

Then comes the garnish.

I baked a small batch of brownies to use on mine, but I think in this case pre-packaged brownies will be just as easy.

I mean, it’s just for garnish.

Image of Brownie Bits

Top the gorgeous ganache with brownies, chocolate chips and milk chocolate drizzle.Image of a Blackout Cupcake

Could there be a prettier cupcake?

And let me tell you, it was SO delicious.

Like SOOOOO.Image of Blackout Cupcakes on a Serving Dish


Blackout Cupcakes

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 15 cupcakes 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


These Blackout Cupcakes are literally stuffed with chocolate! Devil’s Food Cupcakes are filled with brownie batter filling and topped with a whipped chocolate ganache, brownies, chocolate chips and milk chocolate!



Chocolate Ganache Frosting

  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate, either chips or finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Brownie Batter Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dry brownie mix
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream


  • Brownie pieces
  • chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate, melted


Chocolate Ganache Frosting

  1. Pour chocolate into a heat-safe bowl.
  2. In small saucepan heat the cream until it almost boils, but not quite. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Stir the chocolate until it’s completely melted with the cream.
  3. Allow to chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to overnight. It will become a solid.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Put all ingredients into stand mixer and beat for 3 minutes.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 way full and bake for 20 minutes until the centers spring back.
  4. Allow to cool completely.

Brownie Batter Filling

  1. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and brownie mix together until combined and smooth.
  2. Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat until combined.
  3. Finally beat in cream until incorporated.


  1. Hollow out the cupcakes using a paring knife and fill them with the brownie batter filling. I used a ziplock bag with the tip cut off for easy filling.
  2. Place chilled chocolate ganache into bowl of stand mixer and beat until fluffy and smooth. Fill piping bag with chocolate ganache and pipe onto cupcakes. Or you can easily spread it on with a knife instead of piping.
  3. Garnish cupcakes with brownie pieces, chocolate chips and drizzle with melted chocolate.


*if you would like to pipe the ganache on like I have in the pictures you will need to double the ganache recipe. But if you spread on a smaller amount, the recipe as written will be perfect.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jan 3, 2019 2:57 am

The topping of melted Chocolate and black chocolate chips are amazing…moreover this post is outstanding.

Oct 30, 2018 1:35 pm

I’ve only seen a few people post that they actually made this recipe- so I wanted to be sure I posted, since I did last night! OH MY GOODNESS! They are FANTASTIC! The batter for the cupcakes seemed super runny to me, but they turned out so well! They may be the best homemade chocolate cupcakes I’ve tried- and I try lots of recipes! The brownie batter filling and ganache icing is just… literally “icing on the cake!” (Unfortunately) I donated these to a school fall festival so my husband and I only got four to keep for ourselves! I’ll… Read more »

Oct 17, 2018 7:46 am

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I have learnt more things from this article.

Jul 24, 2018 4:46 am

You really clever tay

Feb 11, 2017 5:08 am

Look very delicious! I like cupcake! Thanks your recipe. It very useful with me!

Feb 3, 2016 7:48 pm

I don’t drink coffee…do you have a suggestion for a good substitution?

Dec 17, 2014 6:38 pm

I made these for my birthday. I am the biggest chocoholic and they were ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! I did forego the filling and topping, opting for pushing lindor truffles in the middles of each one while they were still hot. Foolproof and family pleaser. Great great great job!!!!!!!!!!

Eva D
Feb 12, 2014 1:37 pm

Just have to ask…so what do you do with the rest of the brownie mix for these cupcakes or the rest of the Red Velvet cake mix for the Whoopie Pie cupcakes?

Jan 18, 2014 10:24 pm

can i use regular cream instead of heavy cream indicated in the recipe? the cupcakes looks really good and i want to give it a try but sadly heavy cream is not availble here.

Oct 18, 2013 2:43 pm

I have a cupcake blog called My Year of Cupcakes. I featured your Blackout Cupcakes recipe on Day 78. Here’s the link if you wanna take a look:
Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

Oct 31, 2013 2:58 pm

I just wanted to stop by to let you know that the Blackout Cupcakes were the winning cupcake for October!!
They’ll compete again in August for the Best Cupcake! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

Aug 13, 2013 12:49 pm

I have made these 3x now… AH-MAY-ZING!!!! I only changed the toppings…. I used the crumbled cake instead of brownies, chopped dark chocolate instead of chocolate chips and I made a choco-peanutbutter drizzle instead of just chocolate. I have had so many compliments on these! Everyone loves the brownie batter cream on the inside! Excellent recipe!!!

Jul 29, 2013 11:34 pm

So, no one has reported back on these- I want everyone to know they are SO AMAZING. I made them for a get together this weekend and they were a huge hit. So so so delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. I made a single batch of frosting and had more than enough to frost the cupcakes even with piping it on. I also had leftover brownie batter filling that I put on top of the frosting. It was either that or eat it directly from the bag…. oh wait, I did that too. Great recipe Shelly!!!

Jul 19, 2013 4:47 pm

How do you come up with such delicious madness?!!!

Jul 17, 2013 11:37 am

This is pretty much the best idea in the history of the universe! EVER EVER EVER!

Jul 12, 2013 10:48 am

Wow! These look beyond delicious!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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