Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Everything is better in cupcake form right? These cupcakes are inspired by one of my favorite foods – ice cream! While they contain no ice cream in them, they still have all the delicious flavors of an ice cream sundae. If you’d like, you could even add some banana slices on top of the cupcake then pipe frosting over them to make it more like a banana split.

I adapted the cake portion for these cupcakes  from my favorite chocolate cake recipe. It’s moist and fluffy with just the right amount of density to it. Then I topped them with my all time favorite buttercream frosting recipe, and added vanilla beans to make it more like a vanilla bean ice cream. And yes, that cherry on top is a must. I still remember going through the drive through of the ice cream shop when I was little and begging for a cherry on top of my bubble gum ice cream, every time. It’s the little things in life right :)? Now I just buy maraschino cherries on occasion and just pop them like candy. My kids can’t get enough of them either. I also think the nuts are a must on these because they give that light crunch and I use lightly salted nuts to add just a hint of salty to balance out the sweet.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup +2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp milk
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts (I like peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts)
  • 12 maraschino cherries with stems
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature (1/2 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)
  • Seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
Read the whole recipe on Cooking Classy