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January 19, 2015

Milk Chocolate Glaze on Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes | Giant Heart Sprinkles & Giant Heart Valentine's

Last night after a long day of packing up boxes for Valentine's Day orders, I asked Mike to pick up Chinese takeout for dinner - I was exhausted.  Fast forward two hours, an order of Hunan Chicken and two Crab Rangoon later, all of a sudden I had a burst of energy that translated itself into the Barefoot Contessa's Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Instead of using chocolate ganache as icing, I made a Milk Chocolate Glaze - my absolute favorite, also known as Sheet Cake Icing.  It is so simple to make: microwave butter and milk, then add cocoa powder another zap in the microwave, then stir in powdered sugar.  We had some warm from the oven with warm glaze poured over last night, but I saved some to finish today to share with you (in pretty daylight pictures instead of dark night photos). 

To add a little Valentine's Day love, I put an oversized heart-shaped sprinkle on top just as the icing was setting - my newest addition to the store

Mike is a minimalist when it comes to frosting (he's always scraping fluffy frosting off... and giving it to me), but this type of cake (moist, dense, but light at the same time) and topped with a Milk Chocolate Glaze is right up his alley.  I'll definitely be repeating for Valentine's Day - they are the perfect "Manly Cupcake."

Milk Chocolate Glaze

Get my Printable Recipes, here.

1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup of milk
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar (desired consistency)

In a microwave safe measuring cup, heat butter and milk in the microwave until butter is melted.  Add cocoa and heat for 30 more seconds, stir vigorously when it comes out to break up any lumps of cocoa.  Stir in powdered sugar, starting with 1 cup at a time, then add more if you'd like it to be thicker. 

Here's photos from last night - the cupcake itself is made with a can of hershey's syrup.  You have to try the recipe, it is such an unbelievable cake.   I wish I would have filled the paper cups a little more, as the batter doesn't rise much at all but this little puff.

Last night's batch of glaze.

Again, would have loved to have the cupcakes filled more, then the glaze would've run ever-so-slightly over the sides... oh my.

Back to photos from this morning - a sweet little heart transforms them to a decadent Valentine's Day dessert.

Heart Sprinkles, $10

These over-sized heart sprinkles come packaged in a large glass jar just like my collection of Sanding Sugars.  I can't wait to show you photos of my baking pantry updated with all of these fun sprinkle jars.

The last day to place orders for Valentine's Day goodies is next Thursday, Feb 6th.

Here is the pin strip for the recipe :


  1. oh jenny, those look so good!! and so sweet! i just went searching for a homemade chocolate syrup since andrew is allergic to some of the additives in Hershey's (boo). i'm going to give these a try next week. i too am not a huge fan of gobs of icing so these are more my speed as well. the shop looks so good. bravo, mama! xo, tessa

  2. Can I just eat that frosting straight out of the bowl??! Looks super yummy! How can anyone be a minimalist when it comes to chocolate frosting??? :) I will have to try the cupcake recipe. I think this icing is like the one I use that tastes like fudge when it firms up (and straight out of the bowl is good.) Thank you for sharing. Your photos are gorgeous!

  3. So cute!! I love the little hearts in the center!

  4. just made these today - so good. almost tastes a bit like a bread budding or chocolate custard but in a cake. is that strange? maybe b/c of the 4 eggs. very good. your glaze was perfect! (i accidentally skipped the vanilla, and it was still delish. i saw it listed as an ingredient but not mentioned in the steps so I forgot until they were all iced - i do this all the time. typing recipes is harder than it looks! ) anyway, thanks for the eco. i never saw this recipe in Ina's books. it's a keeper! oh, and I made my own syrup (super easy and fast) and it worked just fine even though it seemed thinner than Hershey's. good to know it works that way (i didn't think it would)!

  5. pudding not budding!! ugh, typos. :|

  6. Thanks so much for the great recipe. The formatting came out funny on my e-mail and I used 4 c milk. Ooooops! I corrected the next batch and it was so delicious. You live so well and I appreciate you sharing your loveliness with us. LOVE your shop too!

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