Death by {Triple} Chocolate Cupcakes

Death by Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Death by Triple Chocolate Cupcakes are

not for the faint of heart

or non-chocolate lover!


They deliver a triple dose of chocolate deadly

enough for the most die-hard chocoholic. . .



Triple chocolate fudge cupcakes are filled with ganache,

topped with dangerous amount of chocolate

frosting and sprinkled with chocolate shavings~

a lethal dose of chocolate!


I doctored Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix for these cupcakes, substituting 1 cup of buttermilk in place of the water, 4 large eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil called for in the mix. Bake according to box directions, remove cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.

If you are not a fan of doctored cake mixes, use your favorite from scratch chocolate cake recipe.


After the cupcakes have cooled,

cut out a small core to make a well

from the middle of the cupcake.



4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ghiradelli)

1/2 cup whipping cream, warmed until hot, but not boiling

Place chocolate in a bowl. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

This is enough ganache for 12 cupcakes, double the recipe for a batch of 2 dozen cupcakes.


Fill well in cupcakes with ganache,

adding a small amount

to smooth over the tops.


Use a lethal quantity of frosting of your choice. . .

I used Baker’s One Bowl

Chocolate Frosting recipe, here.


A toxic dose of chocolate~


Scary good. . .


But Beware. . .


Deadly. . .

Eat if You Dare!

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  39 comments for “Death by {Triple} Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. October 23, 2013 at 5:12 am

    These look SO good!!! What an awesome Halloween treat!! xo Jeanne

  2. October 23, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I ain’t afraid of no cupcake:@) They sound great Mary, I love the papers and fun spooky linen too!

  3. October 23, 2013 at 5:42 am

    There can never be too much chocolate for me! Are the little plugs bonus treats for the baker? These look and sound delicious!! Linda

  4. October 23, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I’d be happy to let you know if I think it’s too much chocolate. I’ll watch my mailbox ;o) They sound delicious!

  5. October 23, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I love your spooky linens and tags for the cupcakes. What fun. The cupcakes are just the bonus.

  6. October 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

    They look so delicious! I love the decoration and the pictures, so much fun!

  7. Peggy Thal
    October 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

    3 x chocolate cupcakes! Looks so delicious. A chocolate lovers dream.

  8. Diedre Coleman
    October 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

    A heavenly death:)

  9. October 23, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Sounds wonderful!

  10. franki
    October 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Bring it ON!! What a way to go!! franki

  11. Kathi
    October 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Oh YUM,YUM, YUM!!!!

  12. October 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    What a way to go! Death by triple chocolate! Swoon worthy these are! They would be so tasty with my morning coffee~you ganache method sounds incredibly easy, I didn’t dream it could be so simple…my crystal ball says these cupcakes are in my future!

  13. Cheryl
    October 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Those cupcakes sound wonderful…but more than that, you did a beautiful job with the photography and your probs are fabulous!

  14. October 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Oh my…those cupcakes are truly “to die for”…..and as always, such beautiful presentation…beautifully creepy!

  15. October 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The cupcakes don’t sound deadly to me, Mary! I’d be happy to try one (or two) to test the consequences. xo

  16. October 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Very fun, yummy and scary! LOVE how you filled them. I have not had breakfast yet and now I want chocolate!

  17. October 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    its not nice to salivate before you even get out of bed… i thought i could be a hardnose and not quiver, but the ganache took me down! love love to run into such a deadly concoction!

  18. October 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    oh yummy, what a way to go!!

  19. October 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I LOVE Chocolate, but I am afraid I would have a heart attack with these. They looks so good………. I try to watch my sugar intake but I think I would
    enjoy having one with a cup of coffee. They look terrific and I am sure they are to die for. Great post.

  20. katwell321
    October 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Definitely “scream” worthy – I love the skeleton hand holder!

  21. October 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    What a way to go – death by chocolate! They do look yummy and you can’t go wrong with ganache. BTW, where did you get the picks? They are great!

  22. October 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Oh my! Today is Joer’s b-day and we are leaving soon for dinner and right now I am STARVING!!!! Maybe I will start with DESSERT tonight:):) I would LOVE one of these!!! SCARY GOOD!!!!!!

  23. October 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Bring on the chocolate! What a tasty looking treat in a festive setting!

  24. October 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Sounds exactly like my kind of treat! I love Betty’s Triple chocolate, now I will have to try it with buttermilk! The ganache filled deadly treats sound over the top fabulous. I think I will have to indulge in some! Your frosting looks chocolatey good too. What a fun display with the little picks and of course your fabulous hand. Wish I had found those last year!!!

  25. October 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Yep!! If I have to go, this is the way to do it, by chocolate overload!! Your display and photos of these delectables are fabulous!!

  26. October 24, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Oh boy…if I ate even ONE of those luscious treats anytime after 4 pm, I’d be awake all night…talk about caffeine overload. I guess I’ll just have to eat them for BREAKFAST!!! Think how much I’d get done that day. LOL

    Love the very descriptive paper labels and fun spooky linen, too. Very well done, as always, Mary. ~~clap-clap~~

  27. October 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Oh, but what a way to go….so good…..and I love your dia de los muertos decor! So cute with the cupcakes!

  28. October 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Oh dear! Those cupcakes have my mouth watering… sounds like a good way to go since we all have to at some point… might as well be with CHOCOLATE! :D

  29. October 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hahahaha….chocolate overload…! I too would have to eat them for breakfast or risk a sleepless night…

    Death by Triple Chocolate…boy oh boy what a way to go!

  30. October 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Oh my god. I think I gained 10lbs just by looking at the pictures! lol I must make these, you had me at chocolate, but then the ganache… ohhh yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe (though my waist line isn’t so thankful).

    I found you via Foodie Friday (it’s my first week taking part) :)

  31. October 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    These look awesome!

    – The Tablescaper

  32. October 27, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Oh my and what a way to go!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  33. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    October 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Oh my word, these sound fabulous. Thanks tons for the recipe and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  34. October 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Oh, my, what a wonderful way to die. :D

  35. October 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This is such a fun scary post, I love it, they look delish and I could eat three or four of them I am sure….with milk of course…

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