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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.

INCREDDDIBBBLLLEE.

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.

What?

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

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Blackout Cupcakes

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

Description

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!


Ingredients

Scale

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

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

Cupcakes

  • 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

Garnish


Instructions

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.

Cupcakes

  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.

Assembly

  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.

Notes

*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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A fun group of girls got together and recreated more of Gourdough’s great flavors!

And I bet they all followed the rules and actually made doughnuts.

I’m such a rebel.

Anyhow, hop over and check out the ridiculous creations. You’re gonna wanna make all these at home.

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3.  Heavenly Hash | Something Swanky
4.  The Carney (Apple Pie Doughnuts) | Shugary Sweets
5.  The Flying Pig | The Novice Chef
6.  Dirty Berry | Inside BruCrew Life

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7.  Bring the Heath | Mom on Timeout
8.  Son of a Peach | Chef-in-Training
9.  Mama’s Cake | The Domestic Rebel
10.  The Mother Clucker | Oh Sweet Basil
11.  Cherry Bombs | My Life as a Mrs.
12.  The Funky Monkey | The Little Kitchen

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15.  ODB | Sweet Treats and More
16. The Puddin’ | Lauren’s Latest
17.  Naughty & Nice | Life’s Ambrosia
18.  Miss Shortcake | Kevin & Amanda

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90 comments on “Blackout Cupcakes”

  1. Mygreatlakes

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

  2. 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 be making these again sooner, rather than later!

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