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Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Prep
    30 min
  • Total
    50 min
  • 12 cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 180 mL (¾ cup) all-purpose flour
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) dark cocoa powder
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 2 mL (½ tsp) baking soda
  • 1 mL (¼ tsp) salt
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) Baxter unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 180 mL (¾ cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 125 mL (½ cup) buttermilk
  • 125 mL (½ cup) Baxter milk (or prepared strong coffee, cooled)
  • 125 mL (½ cup) dark chocolate chips


For the ganache

  • 170 g (6 oz.) 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) unsalted butter
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) Baxter 35% whipping cream
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) black food coloring, or to taste


For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (350°F). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and milk (or coffee). Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, then add the sugar and beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. At low speed, incorporate the dry ingredient and buttermilk-coffee mixture, alternating between the two. Mix until just incorporated (do not overbeat). Using a spatula, fold in the dark chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon some batter into each cavity of the prepared muffin pan until they are two-thirds full. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.

For the ganache

  1. Place the chopped chocolate, butter, and cream in a large microwave-safe measuring cup. Heat up the chocolate mixture by 30 second bursts at the low temperature setting, mixing often until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the black food coloring. Let the ganache cool to room temperature.
  2. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a round or star tip, or store in an airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to decorate the cupcakes.

To decorate the cupcakes

  1. Take the ganache out of the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes before icing the cupcakes. If the ganache still seems stiff, « loosen it up » simply by holding the pastry bag in warm hands, or whisk the ganache again to make it easier to spread. Generously ice the cupcakes with ganache. Decorate with sugar pearls or other edible garnishes. 

Products in this recipe


A tasty, creamy butter that is churned to perfection. Ideal for sandwiches, baking or cooking, Baxter’s butter is a must for every fridge.


Made fresh everyday, Baxter milk is a delicious part of your day. As a nutritious option, Baxter milk is an excellent source of calcium, protein and vitamin D for the whole family. You can always count on Baxter’s great tasting quality milk.


Baxter Buttermilk is high in calcium and protein and contains all the quality nutrients found in milk. It is the secret ingredient that adds flavour to your perfectly soft and fluffy cake, muffins, biscuits and pancakes without adding fat.

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