Ghirardelli Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes

We love cupcakes! Celebrate the spring season with delicious Ghirardelli chocolate frosted cupcakes with a bunny on top.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
24 cupcakes



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

  • 3 tablespoons Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa

  • ¼ cup boiling water

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Bunnies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.

  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the vanilla, oil, and buttermilk.

  5. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the liquids; beat until combined after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  6. Divide the batter evenly between the cups so that each is two-thirds full. Bake, rotating halfway, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.

  7. Chocolate Frosting: Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler; stir occasionally until smooth, about 5 minutes.

  8. In a separate bowl, stir together the cocoa and boiling water. Let both the chocolate and the cocoa mixture cool to room temperature.

  9. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate on low speed, and then beat in the cocoa mixture.

  10. To Assemble: Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Let frosting set for 5 minutes. Decorate the cupcakes by placing a Ghirardelli Chocolate Bunny on top of the frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
21g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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