Blackout Cupcakes

Blackout Cupcakes based on the Gourdoughs Doughnut Flavor | Cookies and Cups

These Blackout Cupcakes are ALL chocolate! The Devil’s Food Cupcake with Brownie Batter Filling topped with a whipped chocolate ganache, brownies, chocolate chips and milk chocolate are the perfect combination for any chocolate lover!

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…

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.

Blackout Cupcakes based on the Gourdoughs Doughnut Flavor | Cookies and Cups

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.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

 photo IMG_1714_zps1b5a276b.jpgDon’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.


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You can pipe your ganache on, or spread it with an off-set spatula. photo IMG_1716_zpsf7360b85.jpgThen 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.

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Top the gorgeous ganache with brownies, chocolate chips and milk chocolate drizzle.Blackout Cupcakes based on the Gourdoughs Doughnut Flavor | Cookies and Cups

Could there be a prettier cupcake?

And let me tell you, it was SO delicious.

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Makes 15 cupcakes


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.

Helpful Tip… Out of buttermilk?

Buttermilk Substitution









Now I have something extra for you!

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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2.  Granny’s Pie | Crazy for Crust
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

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

13.  The Baby Rattler | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
14.  Black Out Cupcakes | Cookies & Cups
15.  ODB | Sweet Treats and More
16. The Puddin’ | Lauren’s Latest
17.  Naughty & Nice | Life’s Ambrosia
18.  Miss Shortcake | Kevin & Amanda


90 Responses

  1. I love love love that you made cupcakes. These doughnuts were in my top three…I’m sure the cupcakes are unreadl! PS Love the photos too…so beautiful, Shelly!

  2. Oh my GAH I am dying over these right now.
    I’ve been pinning these Gourdough’s recipes all morning and YOU MADE CUPCAKES!!!
    But since they are donut-inspired I’m gonna say these are acceptable for breakfast. Yes? Yes.

  3. I’m pretty petrified of frying so I love the idea of these in cupcake form! All that chocolate…I might blackout just from thinking about the deliciousness of it all!

  4. Adrienne

    Gordough’s blackout is my FAVORITE!!! (It totally shouldn’t be… but it is!) Makes me miss Austin to read about it 🙂 I will definitely have to add your ‘cupcake take’ on the to-do list, stat!

  5. Alexis

    Cannot wait to try these! Seriously! Is there something, that you would recommend, that I could swap out the coffee with? Thanks!

      1. Nicole

        Good to know. I was wondering the same thing. We don’t drink coffee. Even if I had a coffee maker, I wouldn’t know how to use it. I am going to try these for sure! Thanks!

  6. Katriel

    These would be perfect for those hormone induced mood swing days! chocolate and chocolate with some chocolate on chocolate! Beautiful.

  7. Alice

    Shelly…OMG, I really don’t have any words…holy macaroni! They look awesome…thank you for your dedicated research.

  8. I now crown you the Queen of Sin! How can anyone expect to keep calories in control with porn photos like you’ve posted? On the other hand, why would anyone want to count calories after looking at those delicious photos. I believe this is one of your best ideas on a remake. Long live the Queen of Sin! Oh, thanks for doing this for us:)

  9. Cindy W

    Your links to pin this on Pinterest do not work! I really want to pin this but have tried multiple times and cannot.

    1. Shelly

      So weird! They are working for me.. let me know if you continue to have trouble. If you do you can go to my pin board called “Stuff I’ve made” and repin it from me. Sorry about the hassle!

  10. This is SO the doughnut I would’ve picked if you didn’t beat me to it! 🙂 I love that you turned it into a cupcake, my husband prefers a good cupcake over a doughnut any day and I’m sure he would love these. Adding them to my to make list now!

  11. I’ve been seeing and dying over all the doughnut posts today and wishing I could book a flight to Austin. I’m majorly frying averse, so I’m so glad that you created a cupcake instead. This is something that I will actually make at home without worrying about setting myself on fire. Holy monkey, it’s ridiculous.

  12. BA Bonetti

    There was such a cake, known as Blackout Cake, that was popular in Brooklyn, NY. The cake was named after the blackout drills that were practiced during World War II. It was made by Ebbinger’s Bakery, which went out of business in the early 70s. I’m anxious to try these cupcakes. Just what the “chocolate lover” ordered. 🙂

  13. 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!!!

  14. Jessica

    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!!!

  15. debs

    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.

  16. Eva D

    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?

  17. Alex

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 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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