Oh My Ganache! Chocolate Joy Cupcakes

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Jeremiah 1:5-10   “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”   6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Today is my husband’s birthday.  We had a very busy day planned, none of it really related to his birthday.  I knew we would be running  from pillar to post so I was stumped on what I could do to celebrate on the run!  Then it hit me – CHOCOLATE — one can never go wrong with chocolate!  When we were celebrating our anniversary in July at Monteagle Inn they served a divine treat that was a little ball of chocolate cake on the outside and a coconut mounds-type filling on the inside.  It was wonderful.  I immediately asked for the recipe only to discover that it was purchased from SYSCO, a marketer and distributor of food service products.  I have been searching for a recipe to re-create that little ball of chewy, chocolatey delight ever since.  So, what better time to try out a new recipe than a special occasion!  I am sure that you wouldn’t take a chance on a new recipe for a special occasion, but I believe I inherited this trait from my mother!  For as long as I can remember, we will be sitting down to a special dinner — usually with company present — when she casually mentions, “I’ve never actually made this before.”  To my mom’s credit, she has had more successes than failures when it comes to serving up a company meal! Today was my turn to try out something new, just in time for my sweetheart’s birthday!  I wasn’t disappointed and he wasn’t either!  The best part — we were able to share it with our Alabama kids and granddaughter!

Chocolate Coconut Joy Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting
Serves: 12

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sweetened condensed milk



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, sift dry ingredients for cupcakes and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugar, beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla, continue to beat until incorporated.
  5. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients followed by half of the milk.
  6. Beat until just combined. Scrap down sides and repeat.
  7. Add remaining flour and mix until batter is combined but do not over mix.

Set batter aside.

In another bowl, combine the powdered sugar, coconut and condensed milk.

Divide half the batter into 12 cup cake tins.

Drop a heaping teaspoon of coconut mixture into the middle of each cupcake.

Top with remaining cake batter.

Bake for 18 minutes or until cupcake appears dry in the middle.  Some of the coconut filling may show around the edges but most will be covered with the cake.

Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.

In a heat proof bowl or pan  combine chocolate and heavy cream.

Place over a pot of boiling water and continue to stir until chocolate is melted and the ganache is smooth.

Take each cupcake and dip into the ganache, covering the cupcake top.

Once each cupcake has been covered once, go back and dip the cupcakes in the ganache for a second time.

Top with flaked or toasted coconut if desired.

BEWARE!  If cupcake is too warm you may lose the top in the ganache!
Happy Birthday!

Note:  This is a really great chocolate cupcake recipe if you just want to make a dozen cupcakes from scratch, with or without the coconut filling.

Ganache (pronounced /ɡəˈnɑːʃ/, from the French word for “jowl”)[1] is a glaze, icing, or filling for pastries made from chocolate and cream.[2]

Ganache is normally made by heating heavy/double cream, then pouring it over chopped dark semi-sweet chocolate. The mixture is stirred or blended until smooth, with liqueurs or extracts added if desired.

Depending on the kind of chocolate used, for what purpose the ganache is intended, and the temperature at which it will be served, the ratio of chocolate to cream is varied to obtain the desired consistency. Typically, two parts chocolate to one part cream are used for filling cakes or truffle base, while one to one is commonly used as a glaze. Cooled ganache can be whipped to increase volume and spread to cover a cake. However, if left to cool too much it can become too thick and unspreadable.

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2 thoughts on “Oh My Ganache! Chocolate Joy Cupcakes”

    • The original recipe called for baking the cupcakes and then cutting an X in the top and stuffing in some filling. I tried that – didn’t like the result, so I started playing with it to get this recipe. I changed the amounts in filling ingredients to make it thicker for baking. They are pretty and really, really, rich!


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