Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes


Everything is better in cupcake form right? These cupcakes are inspired by one of my favorite foods – ice cream! While they contain no ice cream in them, they still have all the delicious flavors of an ice cream sundae. If you’d like, you could even add some banana slices on top of the cupcake then pipe frosting over them to make it more like a banana split.

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I adapted the cake portion for these cupcakes ¬†from my favorite¬†chocolate cake recipe. It’s moist and fluffy with just the right amount of density to it. Then I topped them with my all time favorite buttercream frosting recipe, and added vanilla beans to make it more like a vanilla bean ice cream. And yes, that cherry on top is a must. I still remember going through the drive through of the ice cream shop when I was little and begging for a cherry on top of my bubble gum ice cream, every time. It’s the little things in life right :)? Now I just buy maraschino cherries on occasion and just pop them like candy. My kids can’t get enough of them either. I also think the nuts are a must on these because they give that light crunch and I use lightly salted nuts to add just a hint of salty to balance out the sweet.

I love all the different textures and flavors of this cupcake and how they all come together to remind you of your favorite ice cream sundae. Definitely a must try recipe! Enjoy!

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Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup +2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp milk
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream

Chocolate Sauce and toppings

  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts (I like peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts)
  • 12 maraschino cherries with stems

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

  • 3/4 cup butter , at room temperature (1/2 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)
  • Seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean I sell them!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large, heat proof mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar (lumps are fine), then whisk in cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Carefully pour boiling water in to cocoa mixture and immediately whisk to blend well, about 15 - 20 seconds. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  2. Using an electric hand mixer set on low speed blend in canola oil until combined, about 10 seconds. Add eggs to cocoa mixture and blend on low speed just until combined, about 5 seconds. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and blend just to combined. Then add flour and blend just until combined. Pour in milk and sour cream and blend 1 minute on low speed.
  3. Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven 18 - 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool several minutes in muffin tin, then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely (I transferred to an airtight container after about 25 minutes of cooling to seal in moisture). Once cool, pipe Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting over cupcakes and drizzle each with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with nuts. Add another small bit of frosting and top with a maraschino cherry.
  4. For the chocolate sauce:
  5. Place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. Bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan, then carefully pour hot cream over chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Cool slightly (until it's not so runny).
  6. For the Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting:
  7. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, using the paddle attachment whip butter with vanilla bean seeds on medium-high speed until nearly white and very fluffy, about 7 - 8 minutes, frequently scrapping down the sides and bottom of the bowl (note that if you have the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes the bowl you can reduce the time by several minutes). Blend in vanilla extract. Add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar, then and heavy cream and mix on low speed until combined. Add remaining powdered sugar and blend on low speed until combined then increase speed to medium and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 - 6 minutes, frequently scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  8. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, inspired by BHG

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: Oh my goodness, these cupcakes look perfect!! March 16, 2014 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Love how deep, dark, rich and CHOCOLATY these babies look :) And the red cherry that just pops. Beautiful! March 16, 2014 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Beautiful! Love your styling and photography, girl. Just pinned from you at Pinterest. Have a wonderful week ahead! March 16, 2014 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Meriem @ Culinary Couture: Gorgeous! These are my kind of cupcakes! March 16, 2014 at 6:14pm Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: These are beautiful and look delicious! The cupcakes look so rich and chocolatey :-) March 17, 2014 at 4:39am Reply

  • Amanda: I love this, especially the chocolate chip layer on the bottom! :) March 17, 2014 at 6:55am Reply

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt: These cupcakes look so over-the-top in a totally good way. Gorgeous!
    Pinned. March 17, 2014 at 7:12am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Gorgeous! What a perfect twist to an ice cream sundae! March 17, 2014 at 8:27am Reply

  • michael: oh chocolate and more chocolate, it looks so delicious!! :-) I linked to your site from another blog and was shocked to see your post! I posted Hot Fudge Cake today! I love your site, all the great recipes and great pictures too! You are a really good cook!

    check it out, Hot Fudge Cake
    Michael :-) March 17, 2014 at 11:44am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These are just gorgeous, love the fudge sundae topping! March 17, 2014 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: *Droooooool* these look so amazing, and absolutely stunning. Everything about these is on point! Pinned. :) March 17, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade: So creative and beautiful! The cherry is a must! Pinned. March 17, 2014 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): You know what’s better than a hot fudge sundae? HOT FUDGE SUNDAE CUPCAKES! I am obsessed! March 17, 2014 at 3:59pm Reply

  • atasteofmadess: These cupcakes are gorgeous! I haven’t made cupcakes in FOREVER! March 17, 2014 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Avra-Sha Faohla: I wasn’t allowed maraschino cherries as a child. I got a delicious banana split with all the toppings on my birthday, but I didn’t get the cherry because my mother didn’t want me to. I still have no interest in trying it! It definitely *looks* pretty, though. ;) March 17, 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Shelby: Are these only beautiful and gorgeous if you are trying to go low-carb? I think not!!! Honestly, some of the most beautiful photos ever posted on my iPad. I thank you for the recipe to be used later- I thank you for the photos to be framed now! March 18, 2014 at 2:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the nice comment Shelby :)! March 23, 2014 at 5:26pm Reply

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron: These are SO fun! I love how you made these cupcakes look like a hot fudge sundae in the glasses – so creative! Pinned :) March 18, 2014 at 6:13am Reply

  • Chichi: Those cupcakes are sexy. Pinned Pinned Pinned March 19, 2014 at 2:47am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: What a genius idea for a cupcake! March 24, 2014 at 11:49pm Reply

  • Michelle: These are so so good!!! Cupcakes are made (I had to eat one), and am making the frosting. YUM!!! They will be a nice surprise for my friend for her birthday. :) May 15, 2014 at 7:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this recipe Michelle! Thanks for leaving a comment! May 30, 2014 at 6:16pm Reply

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