GhiradelliDark Chocolate Cupcakes

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes ~ Made from scratch using only the best chocolate available these cupcakes are to Die For Good!  So Rich and dense and everything you could ever want in a chocolate cupcake

I am a lover of all things Chocolate and yes I am a sucker for the Sweetie Pie ooey gooeyness of Valentines Day.  This Holiday is dripping in two of my favorite things.  Chocolate and PINK!!! {Just in case you didn’t notice}

I made for you the most decadent Dark Chocolate Cupcake you have ever seen.  On the first bite you will experience a symphony of deep dark sweet chocolate.  Then you won’t be able to get over how moist and perfectly light these cupcakes are.  I’ll share the secret with you.  I used Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers.

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes ~ Made from scratch using only the best chocolate available these cupcakes are to Die For Good!  So Rich and dense and everything you could ever want in a chocolate cupcake

I melted 1/2 cup of the Dark Melting Wafers and poured into the batter. Oh My! These cupcakes have more Chocolate than you can imagine.  I have to tell you how easy these are to make.  Ghirardelli makes baking a snap with perfectly even melting.  Not only did I use the melted wafers in the cake batter, I also made an unbelievably amazing Dark Chocolate Frosting.

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes ~ Made from scratch using only the best chocolate available these cupcakes are to Die For Good!  So Rich and dense and everything you could ever want in a chocolate cupcake

I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Baking Chips for this over the top Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Super rich and such deep dark Chocolate.  This cupcake is not for the faint of heart.   Your tastes buds will transported to a place of pure bliss!

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes ~ Made from scratch using only the best chocolate available these cupcakes are to Die For Good!  So Rich and dense and everything you could ever want in a chocolate cupcake

Valentine’s Day is for celebrating that special someone that you love more than anything in the world.  You wouldn’t use anything but the best ingredients for those that you love this much.  Ghirardelli really is a superior Chocolate.  I loved how easy and perfect the Melting Wafers melted in the microwave in only a matter of seconds.  {I might have licked the spoon in between stirs.} Plus the resealable bag will make sure that the wafers will be super fresh the next time I use them.  You just simply can not beat the richness and silky smooth texture that no other chocolate can compare to.

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes ~ Made from scratch using only the best chocolate available these cupcakes are to Die For Good!  So Rich and dense and everything you could ever want in a chocolate cupcakeGhirardelli baking chips and bars are the ultimate dessert indulgence. Headlined their  famous 60% cacao chips, Ghirardelli baking ingredients provide bakers with premium options for all of their baking needs. Available in 10-12 oz chips bags and 4oz bars, Ghirardelli baking products deliver lingering pleasure in every dessert, for impressive results worth sharing.

You can visit the Ghirardelli website for more recipes and tips.  You can purchase these products at any grocery store or online.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a Plaid and Paisley Original Recipe. Please feel free to make and share. All photos and content are copyrighted.


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 3/4 plus another 3/4 cup Dutch Process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups ap flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1/2 cup Melted Dark Ghirardelli Melting Wafers
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • for the Chocolate Buttercream:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dutch process cocoa
  • 1 cup melted 60% Cacao Ghirardelli baking chips
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 7-10 tbs Almond Milk


  • For the cupcakes:
  • preheat oven to 350
  • line 24 cupcake liners in 2 muffin tins
  • For the Cake:
  • whisk dry ingredients
  • Melt the chocolate wafers according to the easy packet instructions
  • in a stand mixer add the eggs, water, milk, melted wafers, butter and vanilla extract
  • beat on medium till no lumps are left
  • pour even amounts into prepared cupcake lines about 2/3 full
  • bake for 18-20 min
  • let cool completely
  • For the Buttercream:
  • melt the baking chips according to package directions
  • cream butter and cocoa powder
  • add powdered sugar
  • mix and pour in melted chocolate
  • add the vanilla
  • add the Almond milk one tbsp at a time until you reach a spreading consistency
  • pipe or spread frosting on cooled cupcakes
  • Serve and Enjoy!
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  1. […] Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cupcakes The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen source […]

  2. Yum, I love the darkness of the cupcake, it looks delicious. Thanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again this weekend!
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  3. I know…I love the idea of Valentine’s Day, commercialization or not. Besides, I had a best friend in high school that would literally do the holiday in black…which meant BURNT cookies. Burning cookies? Pretty high up there on sacrifices I’m not willing to make;p Oh yes, and I’m officially drooling over your cupcakes!
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  4. Oh my! These look amazing! I kind of want one right now! Making these very soon:)
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  5. OMG !!
    These cupcakes look fantastic!!
    My mouth is watering just looking at these wonderful photos :)
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  6. Chandra,
    I just scored some Ghirardelli chocolate melts at Target on sale – yippe! I will SO be making these!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe – I pinned it.

  7. Yum, these look absolutely delicious! Love your photos! :)
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  8. These look truly amazing. I am a cupcake freak and with Ghiradelli, I know these are good!
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  9. I LOVE the Ghirardelli 60% chips, and these cupcakes look so chocolaty and delicious. THe photos are gorgeous, too!
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  10. Oh, my goodness! These cupcakes look amazing! I love Ghiradelli chocolate!
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  11. Carolyn D. says:

    These look so DELISH. I have a question about the amount of cocoa powder in the cupcakes. It says ‘3/4 plus another 3/4 cup Dutch Process cocoa powder’. Does that mean a total of 1 1/2 cups cocoa which is same amount as the flour? Are the melts available in retail stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby?

    • Yes that is correct about the cocoa powder. It’s what makes the cupcakes so dark. I bought my melts at Target. I have seen them at Wal Mart also. I don’t know about Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They should be in the baking isle of any local grocery store. I hope you do make these. I really loved them!

  12. These are fabulous! Ghiradelli is my favorite chocolate ever! Gorgeous photos!
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  13. I adore dark chocolate and Ghiradelli. I haven’t seen the melts yet. Must go search them out so I can make these delicious cupcakes.
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  14. I am such a chocolate lover, so these are right up my alley! 😉 They look amazing!
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  15. Gorgeous! and who doesn’t love Ghirardelli
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  16. OMG…..these look so delicious Chandra!! I love Ghirardelli dark chocolates, always delicious and they don’t contain dairy. :)
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  17. Great Job Chandra!! I love the pictures, and these sound SO AMAZING. I’ve been on a bit of a citrus kick lately, and I was just thinking I need to try some chocolate to break it up!!
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  18. Oh, yum! These look great!!! I am always tempted to buy other, cheaper, lesser quality chocolate chips, but I always regret it. Ghirardelli chocolate is the best!! (Especially when it is on sale, hehe)
    Have you been to the Ghirardelli shop in San Francisco? Amaaaazing!
    Thanks for the recipe!!
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  19. I LOVE Ghiradelli! These look absolutely amazing.
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  20. These look incredible!! I love that you added melted chocolate to the batter – the more chocolate the better!! :)
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  21. These look scrumptious!! Can’t wait to try! Have pinned!
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  22. Hi Chandra, These look so yummy! I am pinning this to my baking board.
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  23. These look so good. I just may have to go buy me some chocolate!
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  24. Oh. My. Word. These look deeeee-lish!! Deb
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  25. Your cupcakes look so fantastic! I too love chocolate and pink. The perfect combination. I didn’t know Ghirardelli made melting chocolate. I will have to try them out the next time I need some.
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  26. These cupcakes look so good! I love anything chocolate, and these look super-chocolatey!
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  27. These are beautiful. I love all things Ghirardelli.

  28. Oh my these cupcakes are rockin’! Love chocolate cupcakes! And these look divine!
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