Choca-Chino Cakes with Ganache

Choca-Chino Cakes with Ganache
30 min
23 min
6 cupcakes
  • Coffee lovers take note. These smooth coffee flavored inverted mini-cakes are topped with a decadent chocolate coffee liqueur ganache making them the perfect after dinner treat.

Key Ingredients

A package of dark chocolate morsels with a maroon label and a melty chocolate chip cookie.
Morsels and Baking Ingredients

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels

10 oz.


  • 1 1/3 cups NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee or instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur (optional)

Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease 6 jumbo muffin cups*.

Step 2

Microwave 2/3 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 45 seconds; STIR. If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature.

Step 3

Dissolve instant coffee in hot water in small bowl. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat brown sugar, oil and eggs in large mixer bowl for 2 minutes. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Beat flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat in coffee mixture. Spoon into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.

Step 4

Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove to wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Step 5

Place remaining 2/3 cup morsels in small bowl. Microwave cream in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power until boiling. Pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Stir in liqueur until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes; pour over cupcakes. Makes 1 cup. Invert cupcakes onto plates. Brush or spoon liqueur over tops. Pour ganache over each cupcake. Serve immediately.



To bake in standard muffin pan, spoon batter into greased muffin cups, filling 3/4 full, and bake for 18 to 23 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

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