Fudgey Chocolate Cupcakes for National Cupcake Day

National Cupcake Day 2019 Fudgey chocolate cupcakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comRemember earlier this month when I announced that today, February 25th, is Canada’s seventh National Cupcake Day – raising money for SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country? That’s right –  today is all about cupcakes – and raising money to help animals in need all around Canada.

Slogan National Cupcake Day 2019This is my seventh year participating and for the first time ever I am WELL short of my fundraising goal ( 🙁 ) but am hopeful that this recipe might raise enough funds to get me there. Since I can’t host a bake sale today (though that would be a lot of fun!), I’m offering this recipe so you can make them yourselves! One cupcake you buy at a bake sale is good but a recipe you can make as many times as you like is even better! I’ll be sharing these with colleagues at work today to share with my colleagues (because who can’t use a cupcake on a Monday?) and hopefully many of them will donate to the great cause too!

This recipe was a happy accident back last fall. My Grade 5s were doing a writing activity where they had to write a recipe for a “fondant au chocolat” based on a video clip. It’s a fun writing activity and they did a great job (these boys have done a LOT of cooking with me since I started teaching them two years ago!) but then the question came: “Are we going to make this recipe?” Um, ok… Twist my arm then…

Fudgey chocolate cupcakes unfrosted on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe original recipe was for a full-sized “fondant” and didn’t come with any quantities for the ingredients – it was more a sequencing writing activity than a recipe writing one – so I researched a lot of different recipes to find one that was similar to the one they had worked on. In class we made cupcakes simply because we didn’t have enough time to bake a full sized cake. Our cakes were left in the oven slightly too long, though, and turned out much like the boys’ beloved “Two Bite Brownies” and they were thrilled. I’ve played with many different versions of this recipe over the past few months, experimenting with a completely gluten-free version as well (the original version only has a couple of tablespoons of flour).

Fudgey chocolate cupcakes ready to frost with ganache and sprinkles on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis final version I have settled on is super easy to make and they have a lovely fudge-y quality but are still light and fluffy, thanks to whipping the egg whites separately and folding them in right at the end. I don’t know they necessarily need any frosting (a dusting of icing sugar does just as well!) but a spoonful of ganache and sprinkles make these extra festive for Cupcake Day!

Fudgey chocolate cupcakes with ganache and sprinkleson eatlivetravelwrite.com

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Fudge-y Chocolate Cupcakes

National Cupcake Day 2019 Fudgey chocolate cupcakes on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Easy fudge-y cupcakes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


For the cupcakes

  • 113g (2/3 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 113g (1 stick, 1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 100g (3/4 cup) icing sugar
  • 25g (2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour (For GLUTEN FREE cupcakes, replace with 30g/ 3 tablespoons almond meal)

For decorating

  • 113g (2/3 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 57g (1/2 stick, 1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • sprinkles


Make the cupcakes:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚F and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter. I do this at 60% power for around 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly stir the chocolate mixture until the butter is completely incorporated. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Whip the egg whites to soft peaks.
  5. Whisk the egg yolks into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture.
  6. Add the icing sugar and flour (or almond meal) and whisk until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
  7. Switch to a rubber spatula and gently fold in the egg whites.
  8. Use a 4-tablespoon cookie scoop to divide the batter between the muffin cups.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Cool the cakes on a wire rack completely before frosting.

Make the ganache:

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup. I do this at 60% power for around 2 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir the chocolate mixture until the butter is completely incorporated. Set aside to cool slightly.

Decorate the cupcakes:

  1. Use a teaspoon to fill the indentation on top of the cakes with ganache.
  2. Sprinkle with sprinkles!

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Fudgey chocolate cupcakes for National Cupcake Day 2019 on eatlivetravelwrite.comNow you have the recipe, you can get baking, right?

One fudgey chocolate cupcake on eatlivetravelwrite.comLike the look of these? How about helping me support the Toronto Humane Society today?

Help me support animals in need!

Today, I’ll be sharing these cupcakes with my colleagues in exchange for donations.  However, if you like the look of the recipe here today, you’re welcome to donate too. If you’d like to visit my “online bakery”, just head to my personal page on the National Cupcake Day website, where you will be able to donate to the cause.

Donations will be directed towards the Toronto Humane Society to help give a surrendered cat or dog a new forever home, rescue a neglected or abused animal and give them a second chance at a new life, and provide emergency surgery injured animals. Go on, the cats and dogs of Canada will thank you :)

Other cupcakes you might also enjoy:
National Cupcake Day 2013: Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2014: Jaffington Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2015: Little Orange and Almond Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2016: Jam and Cream Butterfly Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2017: Strawberry Yoghurt Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2018: Double Chocolate Buckwheat Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2019: Fudge-y Chocolate Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2020: Lemon-Blueberry Financiers



About SPCAs and Humane Societies
SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada participating in this year’s National Cupcake Day are dedicated to a variety of life saving work that may include: enforcing animal welfare legislation; rehabilitation and adoption for lost, abused and abandoned animals; advocacy for companion, wild and farm animals; and humane education.


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