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Ganache-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Seven-Minute Meringue Frosting

Ganache-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Seven-Minute Meringue Frosting



  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 7 1/2 ounces; do not exceed 61% cacao)

Filling and frosting

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (do not exceed 61% cacao)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Preparation


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup standard muffin pans with paper liners. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until well incorporated after each addition. Beat in vanilla, half of flour mixture, then 1 cup hot water. Add remaining flour mixture; beat just until blended. Let batter stand until cooled and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter among muffin papers (about ¼ cup batter each).

  • Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out with some crumbs attached, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes completely in pans.

Filling and frosting

  • Bring cream just to boil in heavy small saucepan. Place chocolate chips in medium bowl; pour hot cream over. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk until melted and smooth. Let stand at room temperature until cool and firm, about 2 hours. (Alternatively, chill ganache until cool and firm, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.) DO AHEAD Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

  • Whisk 1/3 cup water, sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar, and coarse salt to blend in large metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Remove bowl from over water and continue beating until frosting is cool to touch, stiff, and billowy, about 2 minutes. Beat vanilla into frosting.

  • Using thumb, press down center of each cupcake from top to bottom, forming deep pocket. Spoon or pipe ganache into pocket of each cupcake.

  • Frost cupcakes, forming tall peaks. DO AHEAD Cupcakes can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and store at room temperature.

Recipe by Jeanne Thiel Kelley,Photos by Mitchell Feinberg

Nutritional Content

One cupcake contains: Calories (kcal) 310.5 %Calories from Fat 45.8 Fat (g) 15.8 Saturated Fat (g) 9.6 Cholesterol (mg) 46.4 Carbohydrates (g) 43.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.2 Total Sugars (g) 34.0 Net Carbs (g) 41.6 Protein (g) 3.2 Sodium (mg) 136.5Reviews Section

Dogs, Dishes, and Decor

Even though the owl shower is on hold for now, I figured I’d tell you how we’re going to do it. And hopefully Connor likes owls, ‘cuz the guest of honor is now attending his own shower, which is actually kind of awesome.

Mint and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

These simple sandwiches are oh so delicious. And easy to make.

I recommend using Persian cucumbers because I think they’re more flavorful than English cucumbers. I also think the sandwiches are better open faced because the bread can be too overpowering otherwise. The recipe is here.

Albacore and Artichoke Sandwiches

Albacore and artichokes are awesome with basil. Really.

Canned albacore in oil is a great substitute for Italian tuna in this recipe. Though the recipe calls for lemon juice and lemon zest, it’s also nice with lime. You can check out the recipe here.

Other sandwiches to complete the finger sandwich menu might be:

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Recipe here.

Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Relish and Blue Cheese Butter
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I’d also throw in some prosciutto, mozzarella, and melon skewers as well as a salad.

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Recipe here.

Owl cupcakes. (Tutorial here.) For the base of the cupcakes, I would use these banana cupcakes.

These owls are blue and yellow because baby Connor was basically a Michigan Wolverine at conception.

Chocolate Ganache-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Seven Minute Meringue Frosting
I have made these many times, and Connor’s mom, Jody, digs them. They are amazing. The recipe is here.

Shower Gift

These lavender-filled owl sachets smell better than they look. For real.

You can get really elaborate with the decorations and go with a woodland-inspired rustic look for the cupcake stands as well as the flowers or you can keep it simple. If you’re looking for more owl baby shower ideas, you can check out this board I created specifically for Jody’s shower.

And this board includes a ton of owl ideas for a shower, a birthday, or a sorority party. (Fun fact: both Chi Omega and Kappa Kappa Gamma have an owl mascot.)

How to Make

Making this frosting is incredibly simple. It literally only requires 2 ingredients: chocolate and cream. The two are melted together and then whipped after being cooled.

Step 1: Make a 1:1 Ratio Ganache

A 1:1 ratio of chocolate to cream by weight is the most typical ganache ratio used for whipped ganache frosting. Use chocolate chips or chop up a chocolate bar into small pieces.

Heat heavy cream up until almost boiling and pour it over the chocolate. Let the cream and chocolate sit for about 3 minutes then whisk the two together until smooth.

Chopped Chocolate Hot Cream Melting the Chocolate Smooth Ganache

Step 2: Let the Ganache Cool

Put the ganache in the refrigerator and let it cool until it firms up, about 1 hour.

Step 3: Whip the Ganache

Whip the ganache in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or with a hand mixer until it becomes light and fluffy. Use to frost cupcakes and cakes, to fill whoopie pies, or even to fill cream puffs or eclairs!

Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

A 1:1 ganache ratio is the most common used for this frosting, however if you want a more mild flavored chocolate frosting you could use a ratio of 1 part chocolate to 1.5 parts heavy cream.

You can also change up the flavor of this whipped frosting by flavoring the ganache. Steep fresh herbs in the cream or add spices and extracts right into the ganache. For a detailed list of ideas of how to create different flavors, check out the post on how to make ganache.

Store unused frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If the frosting feels too stiff, allow it sit at room temperature for some time before piping it.

Ingredient Functions

  • Chocolate is the flavor of the frosting. Use bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Heavy Cream, Whipping Cream, or Double Cream thins out the texture of the chocolate and makes allows the ganache to be whipped into a fluffy texture.
  • Salt is optional but rounds out the flavor of the frosting and is highly recommended.

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Birthday Party Playlist (Or Sorry for Partying)

A few weeks ago I was on a mission to appreciate my neighborhood. I was trying to make peace with living somewhere I wanted to escape so I started wandering the streets in search of inspiration. A few blocks from my place, I came across this carved into the sidewalk.

Today, it sort of seems fitting somehow.

See, my birthday is Saturday…. and today is the 10-year anniversary of Kristin Connor’s death.

I had only met Kristin a few months before we lost her, but time doesn’t always feel relevant in the face of loss. Kristin was our friend Angela’s best friend from high school. She he had recently relocated to LA from Michigan, and we welcomed her into our displaced Midwestern family immediately. There was just something about Kristin… I can’t really describe it. She was warm. She was real. And I liked her right away. Talking to her was easy, and it was almost as if I had known her for years.

Two days before my birthday, she was killed in a car accident.

The summer of 2003 was maybe the best and worst of my life for so many reasons. And my birthday party that year was a blowout never to be forgotten.

We were celebrating. We were mourning. And OMIGOD, we were annoying the neighbors.

That day we were coming together — and we were saying goodbye. It was my birthday party. It was Angela’s going away party.

It was Kristin Connor’s wake.

Part of the 17th Street Birthday Party Crew. Santa Monica, cira 2003.

So today as I think about the friend our family lost, I want to tell a whole bunch of Michigan kids how much they mean to me.

See, it struck me as I was perfecting the playlist for my upcoming birthday party that so many of the songs on it reminded me of members of my Michigan crew. Many of them will be at my (much more civilized) birthday this year. Many will not.

I’m thankful for them and maybe I don’t really say it enough.

Chamillionaire’s Ridin’ is for Melissa. It reminds me of the days we were rolling through Hollywood in her dirty Volvo while painting our toenails on the dashboard. Melissa has been by my side for so many birthdays, so many movie premieres… and so many goodbyes. Together we’ve mourned her Beagle, my first Spaniel, our grandfathers, my grandmother, our mentor, my cousin, Kristin Connors, and her father. We’ve laughed through the tears and we’ve danced through the pain — sometimes at Barney’s Beanery and The Bungalow — where they don’t even have dance floors.

Lyke Li’s Little Bit is for Nicole. She put it on one of the many amazing mixes she has made me over the years. It’s for all the dinner parties we’ve thrown together. For breaking into my apartment to do my dishes after I sliced my thumb instead of an eggplant. For knowing how to make me feel so special on my birthday. For her generous heart — and her kind spirit.

Juvenile’s Back that Azz Up is for my panda, Sarah. It reminds me of our last summer in Ann Arbor. We used to open the sunroof of her Explorer and absolutely blast the song while driving past civilized restaurants on Main Street during dinner hour. This song is for standing by my side at my grandfather’s funeral. For asking me to be in her wedding. For helping me out of a pair of capris with a broken zipper in a TJ Maxx dressing room. For giving me perspective on what really matters. And for years of love, laughter, and loyalty.

Kesha’s Tik Tok is for Kelley. We put it on our Camarillo Road Trip Playlist and listened to it A LOT while we were stuck in gridlock and she was carsick beyond belief. It’s for the endless talk that first night we met in the Pi Phi basement — the talk that led to so many more. It’s for being my senior spring break travel partner. For skipping chapter to watch Monty Python with me. For asking me to be her only Michigan bridesmaid. And For standing by my side for 16 years… no matter what.

Lee Brice’s Friends We Won’t Forget is for Anna. It’s for sharing her story and really, really listening to mine. It’s for pushing me to do a few more push ups. For making me change my make up, my clothes, and my hair. For our dinner parties. For reminding me how much I love country music. And for just knowing when I need a hug.

Britney’s Toxic is for Ryan. It’s for all the good talks we had about our grandpas — and for taking care of me the day after I lost mine. For teaching me about birdies, eagles, and albatrosses. For legal services rendered. And for knowing I needed to hear a little Britney on a bad day at the office.

Westside Connection’s Lights Out is for Josh. It brings me back to the days of our endless wandering through the aisles of Amoeba Records. The days when he’d drive across LA at midnight just to watch Diggstown with me. The days of batting cages and Brett Ratner’s driver incessantly interrupting our Indian dinners. It’s for always stepping up — even when it was risky.

Huey Lewis and the News’ Do You Believe in Love is for Michael and Jody. It’s for all the support, advice, and sous chef work over the years. It’s for making me believe everything works out for the best. For showing me what it’s like to be a really great team. For including me in the Cycle for Survival in memory of Jody’s mom. And for making me a part of their family every Christmas. I’m proud to share a birthday with their son Connor who will turn one on Saturday.

JT’s SexyBack is for Katy who also celebrates a birthday this Saturday and loves her a little JT. It’s for getting me out of my house while I was helplessly waiting for my grandpa to die. It’s for finding a new home for my dog. For making our birthday special every year. For listening. And for pushing me to do the tough stuff.

Yolanda Be Cool versus DCup’s We No Speak No Americano is for Manning who played it in the car after my birthday in the ‘bu — and before he really became my friend. It’s for introducing me to Anna… and making sure we hung out. It’s for making me like lamb, calling me out on the mayonnaise to yolk ratio in my deviled eggs, and for making me laugh while we were covered in gum. It’s for always showing up when and where he said he would. And it’s for making the tough talks somehow seem easy.

Soulja Boy’s Kiss Me Through the Phone is for Angela who lost the most on August 1. The song will forever remind me of her husband singing it to her in the streets of Hollywood. It’s for the great talks we’ve had about life, death, and design. It’s for being one of the few people on the planet who understands why I come so unraveled over college football. And it’s for introducing me to Kristin.

David Guetta’s Memories is for Kristin Connors herself. It just seems fitting.

And The Victors is for everyone.

Oh, and by the way, I’m not sorry for partying. I am a little sorry about all that Lil’ Jon we played, but I will never apologize for cutting loose with some of the best people I know. I can’t wait to do it again soon.

The Day

You're 12. you're 13. You're 14. 15. 16.

If today you find yourself mired in defeat, don't let this be the worst day of your life.

If today you find yourself standing atop the mountain, don't let this be the best day of your life.

Don't allow this day to be defined by the boundaries and expectations of those who walked before you in regret. This is YOUR day. Today is not your mother's. not your father's. not your coach's. not your brother's.

Today is just another day of the week. Today you woke up filled with anticipation. Sleep tonight knowing, regardless of the outcome of your efforts, you will wake tomorrow the same way.

Allow today to be the point from which you grow. the day you look back on fondly, but not the one that is THAT day. Don't even let it be in your eventual Top 5.

No, you are more than that. You are more than today. You are tomorrow you are next week you are the next 50, 60, 70 years.

Allow today to propel you forward. If you are mired in defeat, reflect and make a decision about where to go from here. If you stand atop the mountain, reflect and make a decision about where to go from here.

Don't sit on this day as the valley, the depression, the day that slipped away in agony. You have lessons to learn. lessons to teach. lessons to experience.

Don't sit on this day as the top, the peak, the best day of your life. You have so much more life to live. life to give. life to love.

Have fun today. Do your job today. Give your all today. Hold your head up high today. Exercise humility and grace and courage today.

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