Vanilla Cupcakes with Velvety Sour Cream Chocolate Ganache











Discover the perfect blend of light, fluffy vanilla cupcakes topped with a rich, decadent sour cream chocolate ganache frosting. This delightful recipe serves up a tasteful twist on a classic dessert, combining the sweetness of vanilla with the creamy, luxurious depth of chocolate. A true treat for any occasion!


Step 1: Prepare the Ganache Frosting

To kick off this sweet endeavor, start with the indulgent chocolate ganache frosting. Create your own powdered sugar by pulsing granulated sugar and cornstarch in a food processor, sifting it, and setting it aside. Next, melt chocolate and butter together, either over a double boiler or gently in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds to ensure a smooth, velvety mixture. Once melted, whisk in sour cream and a pinch of salt to the chocolate, gradually incorporating the powdered sugar until you achieve a rich, creamy frosting. Transfer this heavenly blend into a piping bag and let it chill in the fridge, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully.
Pro Tip: Chilling the ganache makes it easier to pipe and hold shapes.

Step 2: Make the Cupcakes

Moving on to the cupcakes, begin by creaming together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until the mix turns pale and fluffy, offering a promise of light, airy cupcakes. Crack the eggs in, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next, with a splash of vanilla for that classic flavor profile. Sift together your dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, and a hint of salt. This magical trio helps create the perfect rise and texture. By folding the dry ingredients into the wet, taking care not to overmix, you set the stage for ultra-soft, tender cupcakes. Portion the batter into lined cupcake molds, lightly greased with vegetable oil, filling each about three-quarters full. This ensures a perfect dome without spilling over during the bake.
Pro Tip: A light spray of oil prevents sticking, ensuring cupcakes come out clean.

Step 3: Bake and Garnish

Bake your creations in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 18-20 minutes, checking for doneness around the 16-minute mark. They should emerge golden, with a slight spring to the touch, signaling they're ready to cool and then be adorned with the prepared chocolate ganache. Once slightly cooled, unleash your creativity and pipe the ganache onto each cupcake, adding a sprinkle of chocolate chips for that extra chocolatey kick and texture contrast. This final touch not only elevates the flavor but also adds a delightful visual appeal to these scrumptious treats.
Pro Tip: A sprinkle of sea salt on top can enhance the chocolate flavor.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

With the cupcakes beautifully frosted and ready, it's time to serve them up. Ideal for any gathering, these vanilla cupcakes with sour cream chocolate ganache offer a perfect balance of sweet, creamy, and chocolatey flavors. Paired with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk, they're sure to delight all who take a bite. So go ahead, enjoy the fruits of your labor and watch as these cupcakes become a new favorite among friends and family alike. There’s nothing quite like the joy of baking something from scratch, especially when it brings smiles to everyone’s faces.
Pro Tip: Always let cupcakes cool completely before frosting to prevent melting.