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Chocolate Ganache Pistachio Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate-ganache filled cake mix pistachio cupcakes with a homemade chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

Ingredients

For pistachio cupcakes:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 - 3 oz. box instant pistachio pudding
  • 1 c. Sprite or lemon-lime soda
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

For chocolate ganache:

  • 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tbsp. butter

For chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 - 8 oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • 1/3 c. chopped pistachios optional garnish

Instructions

For pistachio cupcakes:

  1. Line 18 regular-sized baking cups with paper liners.
  2. Fill half full with cake batter.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes, or until edges are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare ganache and buttercream.

For chocolate ganache:

  1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, heavy cream, and butter.
  2. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until heavy cream just begins to boil.
  3. Whisk until the chocolate and butter are completed melted, and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to allow it to thicken.
  5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop a 1-inch ball out of the center of each cupcake.
  6. Spoon a rounded teaspoonful of ganache into the center of the hole of each cupcake.

For chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla, beating until combined.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. milk, and beat until combined, adding more milk as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Beat for 3-4 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  5. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I like my chocolate frosting to be more lightly chocolate-flavored. If you'd like the chocolate to be deeper and strong, you can add more cocoa powder, between 1/3 cup and 1/2 cup. You'll need to add slightly more milk to adjust the consistency. These taste even better the second day, once the flavors in the frosting settle, and the pistachio flavor in the cupcakes becomes stronger.