A chocolate cupcake made with Navitas Organics Cacao Powder and Cacao Wafers topped with whipped chocolate frosting and sprinkles sitting on a stack of white plates.

Cacao Lover’s Dream Cupcakes Recipe

These cupcakes truly are a cacao lover’s dream. They have it all—a moist cacao cake, rich and decadent cacao ganache interior, and a light and airy cacao frosting. The combo is an explosion of chocolatey flavor that will leave you going back for more!

INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes:
½ cup boiling water
½ cup Navitas Organics Cacao Powder
3 organic eggs
½ cup refined coconut oil, melted & cooled
1 cup organic cane sugar
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. sea salt
Sprinkles, optional

Ganache Center:
¼ cup Navitas Organics Cacao Wafers
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
3 tsp. pure maple syrup

Whipped Cream Frosting:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
4 Tbsp. Navitas Organics Cacao Powder, sifted
½ cup powdered sugar, sifted

DIRECTIONS

Make the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 375°F and line and grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
Sift cacao powder into a large bowl. Add boiling water and mix well with a spatula until completed combined.
Add eggs, melted coconut oil and sugar, and whisk until smooth.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and mix with a spatula until just combined.
Distribute batter evenly among muffin cups and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and leaving on a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the ganache:
Heat whipping cream in microwave for 45 seconds. Pour over cacao wafers in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
Mix together until a thick ganache forms. If ganache isn’t thickening, microwave for 10 more seconds and mix. Add in maple syrup and mix until incorporated.
Make the frosting:
Add heavy whipping cream, cacao powder and powdered sugar to a large bowl.
Using an electric whisk or stand mixer, gradually increase speed to medium and whisk until stiff peaks just start to form. Don’t overwhisk.
Assemble:
Use a teaspoon to scoop a small hole out of the top of the cupcake. Use a spoon to pour ganache into hole.
Scoop on frosting and spread out to a thick layer. Top with sprinkles, if using, and enjoy!

Makes 12 cupcakes

Submitted by Hanaa Malik | @kneadtheeats

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Servings

12 cupcakes

These cupcakes truly are a cacao lover’s dream. They have it all—a moist cacao cake, rich and decadent cacao ganache interior, and a light and airy cacao frosting. The combo is an explosion of chocolatey flavor that will leave you going back for more!

Ingredients

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Directions

    Make the cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line and grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
    2. Sift cacao powder into a large bowl. Add boiling water and mix well with a spatula until completed combined.
    3. Add eggs, melted coconut oil and sugar, and whisk until smooth.
    4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and mix with a spatula until just combined.
    5. Distribute batter evenly among muffin cups and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and leaving on a wire rack to cool completely.

    Make the ganache:

    1. Heat whipping cream in microwave for 45 seconds. Pour over cacao wafers in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
    2. Mix together until a thick ganache forms. If ganache isn’t thickening, microwave for 10 more seconds and mix. Add in maple syrup and mix until incorporated.

    Make the frosting:

    1. Add heavy whipping cream, cacao powder and powdered sugar to a large bowl.
    2. Using an electric whisk or stand mixer, gradually increase speed to medium and whisk until stiff peaks just start to form. Don’t overwhisk.

    Assemble:

    1. Use a teaspoon to scoop a small hole out of the top of the cupcake. Use a spoon to pour ganache into hole.
    2. Scoop on frosting and spread out to a thick layer. Top with sprinkles, if using, and enjoy!