Black and White Cupcakes – Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Cheese

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Black and white cupcakes aren’t just pretty to look at.  Yes, they are impressive but the flavor is most incredible.  Perfectly moist and chocolaty cake topped with a rich chocolate ganache and a thick and creamy vanilla bean cream cheese frosting.

Black and White Cupcakes

So much flavor in one little cake.  Perfect for birthday parties, wedding showers, black tie affairs and just because.

You are going to love these black and white cupcakes!

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Black and White Cupcakes – Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Cheese

Donna Elick
Black and white cupcakes aren’t just pretty to look at. Yes, they are impressive but the flavor is most incredible. Perfectly moist and chocolaty cake topped with a rich chocolate ganache and a thick and creamy vanilla bean cream cheese frosting.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 24

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 recipe chocolate ganache
  • 1 recipe vanilla bean cream cheese frosting
  • dragées or sprinkles, for decorating

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 vanilla beans, seeds removed
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin pans with liners. Set aside.
  • Place 1 cup of water with coffee granules in microwave and bring to boiling. (1 minute at a time).
  • In a large bowl whisk together; sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt, until well combined. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; whisk again until well mixed. Stir in boiling coffee (batter will be thin). Whisk well until you have a smooth batter. Pour batter muffin pans.
  • Bake 20-22 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • Prepare frosting an ganache as cupcakes are baking and cooling. Once completely cooled, spread a spoonful of completely cooled ganache over cupcake tops. Set aside.
  • Fill a gallon resealable bag with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting. Cut a tiny piece off the corner. Use the bag like a piping bag, starting on the outside, swirl around the cupcake an mound in the middle.
  • Warm remaining ganache and drizzle over cupcakes. Decorate with small dragées or sprinkles.

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer on low speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla bean seeds until smooth and thoroughly blended. Slowly add the powdered sugar and salt. Mix until smooth. Refrigerate briefly to allow frosting to firm up if necessary.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Combine chocolate chips and cream in a heat proof bowl and microwave at 30 second increments stirring in between. Continue to heat and stir until you have a smooth mixture. Set aside and allow to cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 314cal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 245mg | Sugar: 30g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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