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Chocolate Brownie Cupcake Recipe (Delicious Fudgy Frosting)

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This Chocolate Brownie Cupcake Recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day for any chocolate addict or someone with a sweet tooth. The moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with a luscious chocolate frosting, making them an immediate hit at your Valentine’s Day party!

Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes with brownie and chocolate frosting.

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If you are looking for fun, rich, and festive Valentine’s Cupcakes then this recipe will definitely fit the bill. This delicious cupcake has a rich chocolate flavor and frosting making the end result as sweet and creamy as they come.

Why You’ll Love These Valentine Cupcakes

  • Festive and fun, these cupcakes are the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.
  • They are rich, chocolaty and so easy to prepare with simple ingredients.
  • The frosting is smooth, creamy, and incredibly sweet – making it an instant hit with any chocolate lover!

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes recipe.

Ingredients For Brownie Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients for chocolate brownie cupcakes sitting on a white countertop.

Brownies

  • Unsalted sweet cream butter is melted and cooled to impart a rich flavor to the brownies, while not adding any additional salt.
  • Canola oil is used to ensure that the brownies remain moist.
  • Sugar and light brown sugar add sweetness, with the latter providing a depth of flavor with its molasses content.
  • Pure vanilla extract enhances the flavor profile.
  • Large eggs act as binding agents, ensuring the brownies hold their shape.
  • Flour provides the structure for the brownies.
  • Cocoa powder delivers an unmistakable chocolatey flavor.
  • Kosher salt and baking powder aid in achieving the perfect texture.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips are added for an extra layer of chocolate richness.

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Triple chocolate cake mix is used as a base to infuse the cupcakes with a robust chocolate flavor.
  • Large eggswhole milk, and unsalted sweet cream butter are incorporated to create a soft, moist texture.

Chocolate Frosting

  • Unsalted sweet cream butter is the foundation for a creamy and smooth frosting.
  • Powdered sugar and Hershey’s cocoa powder are used to create a sweet and chocolatey flavor.
  • Heavy whipping cream and pure vanilla extract are added to achieve the desired creamy consistency.
  • Mini Valentine’s Day heart confetti sprinkles are included for a festive touch.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream are combined to produce a rich and smooth ganache.
  • Mini heart Valentine’s Day confetti sprinkles are used on top for a celebratory garnish.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use milk chocolate chips for a sweeter and more mellow cupcake.
  • Instead of using ganache, you could simply top the frosting with sprinkles or sugar crystals.
  • Substitute any other flavored extract for the vanilla extract called for in this recipe.
  • Replace the chocolate frosting with your favorite flavor of icing (buttercream, cream cheese, etc.) to change up these delicious Valentine cupcakes.

How To Make Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Directions

  1. Get the oven heated to 350℉  degrees and make sure a 9×13 baking pan won’t stick by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, melt some butter.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, oil, and sugar together. Add the eggs and a bit of vanilla extract into the mix.
  4. In another big bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
  5. Add chocolate chips to the batter.
  6. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. If you poke it with a toothpick and it comes out clean, it’s done.
  7. Let the brownies cool off before cutting them into little squares.

Chocolate Cupcake Directions

  1. Set your oven to preheat at 350℉  degrees and ensure your cupcake tin is prepared with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat them smoothly using a handheld mixer.
  3. Spoon batter into the paper liners of a cupcake/muffin tin, filling each approximately ¾ of the way.
  4. Allow to bake for 21 minutes in the oven and let it cool before removal from the pan.

Chocolate Frosting Directions 

  1. Combine butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract in the standing mixer, ensuring it’s smooth, combined, and stiff. 
  2. Transfer the prepared frosting into the piping bag and put it aside for later use.

How To Make Chocolate Ganache

  1. Heat the heavy cream until boiling in a small saucepan.
  2. Put the chocolate chips in a bowl, pour the hot cream over them, and wait for a minute. Stir until you get a smooth mix.
  3. Fill a piping bag with the melted chocolate mix and cut off the tip (you can use a piping tip if you prefer). Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the brownies, then add sprinkles.
  4. Leave it for 30 minutes to harden.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Assemble The Cupcakes

Collage of assembling Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes.
  • Put a ring of chocolate frosting on the top of the cooled cupcakes. See (Photo 1).
  • Add Valentine’s Day sprinkles to the frosting. See (Photo 2).
Collage of decorating Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes.
  • Place a brownie bite in the center of the frosting. See (Photo 3)
  • Add a small amount of frosting in the center and put more heart confetti sprinkles on top. See (Photo 4).
Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes sitting on a white table.

Expert Tips 

  • If the brownies are still warm when you cut them, they may crumble. Wait until they are completely cool before cutting.
  • Make sure you don’t skip any detailed recipe instructions because every step is important!
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter; otherwise, your cupcakes may be tough. Mix until just combined.
  • For the ganache, be sure to use very good chocolate. Ghiradelli chips work well and are easy to find!

Storing Tips 

These cupcakes are best served immediately but can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

These chocolate brownie cupcakes freeze well. Let the cupcakes and frosting cool completely to room temperature, then wrap each cupcake individually in plastic wrap before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. The next time you want some just thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

What To Serve With This Chocolate Brownie Cupcake Recipe

These Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes are a delight on their own, but they pair exceptionally well with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk. If you’re serving them for a special occasion, consider adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for an extra indulgent treat

You can also serve them alongside a fruit plate, as the fresh, tangy flavors of fruits like strawberries or raspberries complement the rich, chocolatey goodness of these cupcakes.

Chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles and topped with frosting and brownie.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different type of chocolate for the brownies or ganache?

Yes, while the recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate, you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate as per your preference. Just bear in mind that the sweetness level of the brownies and ganache will vary with the type of chocolate used.

Can these cupcakes be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can bake the cupcakes and brownies the day before and store them in an airtight container. However, it’s best to frost the cupcakes and make the ganache on the day of serving to maintain freshness.

How can I make these cupcakes gluten-free?

To make these cupcakes gluten-free, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free baking mix. Make sure to check that all other ingredients used are gluten-free as well.

Why do my cupcakes sink in the middle?

If your cupcakes sink in the middle, it may be due to overmixing the batter, or because the oven temperature is too high. Make sure to follow the recipe instructions carefully, and preheat your oven to the correct temperature.

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Chocolate Brownie Cupcake Recipe (Delicious Fudgy Frosting)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields 24 Cupcakes
This Brownie cupcake recipe is the perfect dessert for a special night. They're easy to make, and they taste amazing!

Ingredients 

Brownie Ingredients

  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted sweet cream butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 ¼ cups (250 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (220 g) light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (125 g) flour
  • 1 cup (86 g) cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (180 g) semi sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 box Triple chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups (295 ¾ ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (113 ½ g) unsalted sweet cream butter softened

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup (227 g) Unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 ½ cups (300 g) powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup (64 ½ g) Hershey cocoa powder
  • 5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (709 ¾ g) mini valentines day heart confetti sprinkles

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup (180 g) semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (118 2/7 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups (354 ⅞ g) mini heart Valentine’s Day confetti Sprinkles

Instructions

Brownie Directions

  • Get the oven heated to 350℉ degrees and make sure a 9×13 baking pan won't stick by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, melt some butter.
    1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter
  • In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, oil, and sugar together. Add the eggs and a bit of vanilla extract into the mix.
    2 tbsp canola oil,1 ¼ cups sugar,2 tsp pure vanilla extract,4 large eggs,1 cup light brown sugar
  • In another big bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
    1 cup flour,¾ tsp kosher salt,½ tsp baking powder,1 cup cocoa powder
  • Add chocolate chips to the batter.
    1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. If you poke it with a toothpick and it comes out clean, it’s done.
  • Let the brownies cool off before cutting them into little squares.

Chocolate Cupcake Directions

  • Set your oven to preheat at 350℉ degrees and ensure your cupcake tin is prepared with cupcake liners.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat them smoothly using a handheld mixer.
    1 box Triple chocolate cake mix,3 large eggs,1 ¼ cups whole milk,½ cup unsalted sweet cream butter
  • Spoon batter into the paper liners of a cupcake/muffin tin, filling each approximately ¾ of the way.
  • Allow to bake for 21 minutes in the oven and let it cool before removal from the pan.

Chocolate Frosting Directions

  • Combine butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract in the standing mixer, ensuring it’s smooth, combined, and stiff.
    1 cup Unsalted sweet cream butter,¾ cup Hershey cocoa powder,5 tbsp heavy whipping cream,1 tsp pure vanilla extract,2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Transfer the prepared frosting into the piping bag and put it aside for later use.

How to Make Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat the heavy cream until boiling in a small saucepan.
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Put the chocolate chips in a bowl, pour the hot cream over them, and wait for a minute. Stir until you get a smooth mix.
    1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Fill a piping bag with the melted chocolate mix and cut off the tip (you can use a piping tip if you prefer). Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the brownies, then add sprinkles.
    3 cups mini valentines day heart confetti sprinkles
  • Leave it for 30 minutes to harden.

How to Assemble the Cupcakes

  • Put a ring of chocolate frosting on the top of the cooled cupcakes.
  • Add Valentine’s Day sprinkles to the frosting.
    1 ½ cups mini heart Valentine’s Day confetti Sprinkles
  • Place a brownie bite in the center of the frosting.
  • Add a small amount of frosting in the center and put more heart confetti sprinkles on top.

Notes

  • If the brownies are still warm when you cut them, they may crumble. Wait until they are completely cool before cutting.
  • Make sure that you don’t skip any detailed instructions of the recipe because every step is important!
  • Be careful to not overmix the batter otherwise your cupcakes may be tough. Mix until just combined.
  • For the ganache, be sure to use very good chocolate. Ghiradelli chips work well and are easy to find!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Cupcake Calories: 683kcal (34%) Carbohydrates: 90g (30%) Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 36g (55%) Saturated Fat: 21g (131%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 112mg (37%) Sodium: 265mg (12%) Potassium: 305mg (9%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 72g (80%) Vitamin A: 808IU (16%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 90mg (9%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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