Hey guys! Hope you’re all doing well. Today is a special day, well it’s special to me at least. It’s my 25th birthday! I knew I wanted to do a post for today but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted it to be about. Last year I did a post on 24 lessons I learned. I could have totally done a post all about how my 24th year was a year of doing the inner work, which I do plan to touch on in this post. However, since I love baking and birthday’s are a great excuse to bake I decided I’d do a Bake With Me. Today’s recipe is going to feature Funfetti Cupcakes filled with a homemade chocolate ganache, and topped with homemade chocolate buttercream.
My 24th year
Before I get into my recipe, I did want to reflect on my 24th year briefly. I’ve documented my entire year throughout my blog and Instagram which I find really cool, because I then can look back on how much I’ve grown. I can also keep track of my ever changing hair color! Like I mentioned above, 24 was a year of doing the inner work. I started going to therapy and Bible Study. I’ve started to become more vocal in standing up for myself, and telling people how I feel.
I’ve set a really good foundation for year 25 to be my best year yet. For one of the first times, I feel I’m entering a new year with the belief that I’m going in the right direction. That’s really comforting especially with turning 25, because you know I could be having a quarter life crisis. I’m not at my end goal by any means, but I don’t want to be there yet. I’m still so young and I’m right where God wants me to be right now. Okay enough reflecting, let’s get baking!!!
Funfetti Cupcake With Chocolate Ganache Filling & Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Hand Held Mixer
- 1 box Funfetti Cake Mix
- 1/2 cup Salted Butter
- 2/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3 cup Confectioner Sugar
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 6 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3 tbsp Salted Butter
- The first thing you'll want to do is prepare your cake mix. I just used a store bought box of Funfetti cake mix because it's what I had on hand. Follow the instrustions on your box but, mine called for 3 eggs, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of oil. Put all these items into a large mixing bowl and mix together for about 2 minutes. I used my KitchenAid stand mixer but you could use a hand held mixer or a spatula.
- You'll then want to line your cupcake tin with holders and fill them with your batter. You want to make sure you don't over fill or under fill, so about ⅔ of the liners will be perfect.
- Once your oven is preheated to 350° F you'll want to bake for 19-23 minutes depending on your oven. I found that baking mine for 21 minutes turned them the perfect golden brown color. Let them cool completely before moving onto filling or frosting.
- Place your 6oz of chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips or bakers chocolate. I went with a bar of bakers chocolate, so whichever is more convinent will work.
- Then you'll want to add your ¼ cup of whipping cream and 3tbsp of butter, so that all three ingridents are together.
- Next, microwave until the chocolate starts to melt. This should take about 1-2 minutes but I recommend starting on the lower end of time so that you don't burn your chocolate.
- Finally, whisk the chocolate until it becomes creamy. Then place it into the fridge to cool. If you find your ganache is runny, once it's cooled a little you can use an electric hand held mixer to whip it together. Place it back in the fridge until you're ready to use it and that should help it thicken.
- Once your cupcake is completely cool, core our the center being sure to not go all the way through the cupcake. I used a corer but you can use just a knife or apple corer.
- Fill a pipping bag with you ganache and pipe it into the center of your cupcake. Putting the cored out top back over the filling.
- I found this easiest to do in a standind KitchenAid mixer but use whatever tools you have avilable to you.
- First, melt your ½ cup ( 1 Stick) of butter and pour that into your mixer.
- Then, you'll add your ⅔ cup of Cocoa Powder, 3 cups of Confectioner sugar and ⅓ cup of milk. You'll want to start mixing this on a low speed so that all your podwers don't make a huge sugar cloud.
- Next, you'll add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and addition milk IF NEEDED. Make sure to use a spatula to scrap the sides of your bowl while mixing to make sure everything is nicely incorperated.
- Fill a piping bag and with whatever nossel you decide to use. Pipe away.
This was the first time I have ever made a ganache filling and buttercream frosting. I feel like a modern day Betty Crocker if I’m honest. I know these aren’t the healthiest treats in the world, but I wanted to share part of my birthday celebration with you all. Honestly, you guys, my readers make me feel really loved. You guys have helped make 24 one of the happiest years of my life. Through my ups and downs, you guys have always given me a reason to smile with your sweet comments. I appreciate them more than you’ll ever know, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Here’s to 25!
Would you make this chocolatey dessert? What’s your favorite treat to celebrate your birthday with? Thanks for stopping by, until next time…
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