Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

I made these cup cakes for a pot luck lunch at my work place. The recipe I used is of Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe. The recipe is for about 25 – 30 cup cakes.

Ingredients for the cupcake:

2 cups sugar (finely ground)
1/2 coarsely ground cashew-nuts (optional)
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water


Directions for baking the cupcakes:

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla
  4. Beat the mixture on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the boiling water (batter will be thin).
  6. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.
  7. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
  8. Bake for about 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.