Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Saturday, 12th March 2011

If you haven’t noticed, all I can think about lately is warmer weather.  It’s surprising because as I write this I am facing the window and all I can see are giant falling snowflakes.  But today is no different; I have summer on the brain.  So what’s a girl to do?  I whipped up a batch of Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes in honour of my favourite season, summer.

A photo of four Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes on individual cupcake stands.

Growing up we didn’t often indulge in sweet baked treats like cupcakes or frosted cakes.  On the rare occasion that my Mother would bake it was generally an almond or orange cake, Ricotta Cheesecake (not the kind of cheesecake with a cookie base and a fruit topping) or Italian cookies like Amaretti.  And even then it was generally only for special holidays, Easter or Christmas.

A photo of Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting decorated to resemble Hot Fudge Sundaes with Chocolate Ganache, colourful sprinkles and topped with a maraschino cherry.

The fridge was always stocked with fresh fruit and during the summer months we need only walk out the back door to the yard to pick fresh peaches, apricots, pears, apples or grapes from my father’s carefully tended to garden.  I also remember our neighbour sharing her just picked cherries.  What a life!

A photo of Dark Chocolate Cupcakes decorated to resemble Hot Fudge Sundaes, displayed with maraschino cherries and rainbow nonpareils.

The one treat we always had on hand was ice cream.  My mother would stock the freezer with vanilla, chocolate, neapolitan and strawberry ice cream alongside ice cream sandwiches, sundae cups, fudgesicles, popsicles and my father’s favourite, the nutty buddy (do you remember these?).  With eight kids running around we went through a lot of ice cream!

A photo of three Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes displayed in a row on a white rectangular shaped dish.

I vividly remember one day when my mother came home from her weekly shop with a very special treat. We were unloading the groceries like we had so many times before. But on this particular day, buried deep within the brown paper grocery bag was a jar of chocolate fudge ice cream topping.  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  Enjoying ice cream was never the same again.

A photo of Chocolate Cupcakes decorated to resemble Hot Fudge Sundaes with white Fluffy Vanilla Frosting, a drizzling of Chocolate Ganache, a sprinkling of colourful nonpareils and topped with a maraschino cherry

And here began my love for Hot Fudge Sundaes.  OK, it’s truthfully more like an obsession with my favourite dessert consisting of vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate fudge sauce, whipped cream, chopped peanuts and fresh strawberries.  In fact, when I was carrying both children, a colleague would bring me this very sundae from Dairy Queen on each and every workday.  I can’t believe I didn’t gain 40 pounds!

A photo a Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcake on a white cupcake stand with a jar of maraschino cherries and rainbow nonpareils in behind on a white rectangular dish.

I don’t believe I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t enjoy indulging in a Hot Fudge Sundae.  And I think the same could be said for cupcakes, especially Chocolate Cupcakes.  So I thought to myself, self, why not combine the two?

A photo taken looking down on six Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes.

I started with a dark Chocolate Cupcake, in fact, a very moist chocolate cupcake with an intense chocolate flavour.  I then topped with an extra creamy Fluffy Vanilla Frosting, a drizzling of rich Chocolate Ganache, and a sprinkling of Rainbow Nonpareils.  And of course, the final tease, the sweet Maraschino Cherry.

A photo of a Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting decorated to resemble a Hot Fudge Sundae with Chocolate Ganache, rainbow sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.

Just looking at it makes you dream of summer.  But it’s the tasting that sends you over the edge.  Bring on the summer!

A photo of several Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting decorated to look like Hot Fudge Sundaes displayed on a large white platter.

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Comments (73)

73 Responses to “Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    So cute and I bet they are delicious! I can’t wait for summer either!

  2. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Says:

    You are kidding me!! These look so good…almost too cute to eat. But then again the cuteness factor raises the eatability factor. Stunning pictures as always!!! ♥- Katrina

  3. Lizzy Says:

    As usual, fabulously styled, Gracie! I’d love one, please :)

  4. Merlot Says:

    YUM!! My boyfriend was drolling over these and wants me to make these asap!

  5. Chef Dennis Says:


    those cupcakes look spectacular!! My girls would absolutely love these, what a wonderful treat they would make for any occasion!
    My favorite sundae has always been hot fudge, it is just the best topping there is!

    Thanks for such a tasty post

  6. Blog is the New Black Says:

    These are so awesome! Sound delicious and look so tempting!

  7. Grace Says:

    Dennis I could eat fudge topping with a spoon it’s so good! Matthew (my son) will often come home with special Sundaes for the three of us to enjoy. He loves ice cream, so does Liana and I am convinced they are obsessed with ice cream because I ate so much of it while I was pregnant.

  8. Melissa@EyesBigger Says:

    I could look at your photos all day! stunning as usual :)

  9. Grace Says:

    Thank you Katrina the pictures are easy when you start with cupcakes like this.

  10. Grace Says:

    Is it just me Lauren or is winter brutally long this year?

  11. Evan Thomas Says:

    These look so perfect! I love the cherries on top. Cherries are an underrated food group :-)

  12. Big Boys Oven Says:

    can I have some? :)

  13. Grace Says:

    But of course Sunny, I’m pouring you a tall glass of milk, when will you be here?

  14. Jess Says:

    I love the story behind these! Ready for Cupcake Wars? I’d say yes!

  15. Dee D. Says:

    wow, your cupcakes look so delicious and perfect! Yumm!

  16. Grace Says:

    Wouldn’t that be fun.

  17. Jenn@eatcakefordinner Says:

    These are seriously the most perfect cupcakes ever. They should be in a magazine or in a cookbook or on T.V. or something. I am so impressed!

  18. Grace Says:

    Thank you Jenn – had fun with these.

  19. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Hi Grace-These are GORGEOUS:)When are you opening your bakery. You are so talented. Congrats on Top 9 today darling. Happy Sunday!xx

  20. Ahline A. Says:

    Amazing blog you have here .. All your hard work is def. paying off .. Your dessert looks so yummy and your photography is just breath-taking .. Thanks for sharing .. will def. follow :) I recently just started my blog hope you have some time and check it out.


  21. fooddreamer Says:

    8 kids, you are one of 8 kids! Wow! I am having trouble handling my three, it’s always a surprise to hear of anyone having more. Your cupcakes are simply gorgeous, and I am still wildly jealous of your little cupcake stands, they are so adorable.

  22. Ela Says:

    Always so amazing and inspiring!!! Beautiful photos! Can you teach us a little on photography. I like the way you photograph your creations. Thanks for the recipe too.

  23. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ahline – just took a visit to your new site – Congratulations! I really enjoyed your videos, definitely going to try your salmon dish – looks amazing.

  24. marla {family fresh cooking} Says:

    This post is so WOW!! Gorgeous little cupcakes & so memorable too! If my kids saw this right now I would never be able to get them to bed they would be jumping out of their skin :)

  25. Trisha Says:

    These cupcakes look perfect …. I simpy have to try these!

  26. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs Says:

    Your photos are jaw-dropping gorgeous. Totally beautiful cupcakes that I am looking forward to trying. I totally covet each and every one of your cake stands.

  27. Kathy - Panini Happy Says:

    These are the cutest things ever!

  28. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie Says:

    These are beautiful. We’re already hitting the high 70s/low 80s here in Georgia, so I think these need to be made immediately.

    I love your cake stands too. The photos are gorgeous.

  29. Peggy Says:

    Good thing about these is that they don’t melt! I could definitely see myself eating many many of these! =)

  30. Grace Says:

    I am so jealous Stephanie 70/80!

  31. Sandra Says:

    Before I seen the name attached to this photo I knew it was you. You have a stand out style Gracie and Congrats on Top 9. Gorgeous photos and delicious recipes. You should teach a Master Class.

  32. Andrea Says:

    These are terrific! Great photos

  33. Grace Says:

    What a beautiful compliment, thank you so much Sandra!

  34. kitchenarian Says:

    What beautiful cupcakes! They make me long for summer and outdoor picnics. Congratulations on Top 9. It’s well deserved.

  35. Katarina Says:

    These look great!

  36. Jen Says:

    The cupcakes look so fun and delish!

  37. Natalie Says:

    Love these! They’re absolutely precious and perfect.

  38. nipponnin Says:

    Fantastic photos! Congratulations on Top9. This is chocolate lover’s (like me) dream come true cake.

  39. Sherry @JustAPinch Says:

    Sorry I couldn’t read your…I was too busy drooling over your pictures. Mmmm! :)

  40. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) Says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! I loved your story too…thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to make these; so fun!

  41. Angela@spinachtiger Says:

    These are so beautiful. I can see why you did so many photos. They show up well. These are a treat I am sure to make for the next kid’s birthdays.

  42. Rose Plated Says:

    I love the cheery on top. This is really mouth watering and I should make some to stop my drooling saliva. LOL. Thanks for sharing this indulging recipe.

  43. emem Says:

    I made these today! So rich and yummy! Here’s a photo of my yummy treats.

  44. Grace Says:

    They look fantastic – where did you find the cherries with the stems – I looked high and low and couldn’t find any – yours look so much cuter with the stems – Glad you enjoyed!

  45. nichol Says:

    Wow these are awesome, would be wonderful for my daughter’s birthday party which is coming up soon! Amazing photos.

  46. sophistimom Says:

    Gorgeous. Love all your cake plates, too.

  47. Julia Says:

    Beautiful. Gorgeous. Delicious. Elegant. Exquisite. When I see these cupcakes, that it what I think. Thanks for such a tasty recipe!

  48. Grace Says:

    These were a lot of fun to make Julia – thank you.

  49. Zakiah Says:

    Hi Grace! I’m a student working part-time at a student care centre and I made these (w/o the ganache and cherry) for my students today and I have to say that they were a hit! The chocolate cupcakes were moist and full of flavour that wasn’t cloyingly sweet. It is safe to say that after many failed attempts of experimenting with all kinds of recipes online, yours is definitely the winner!
    I also made vanilla cupcakes w/ chocolate whipped cream frosting (sans Marsala since they’re for kids!) from your Cannoli cupcake blog post. They were also a crowd favourite. It was moist and tasted great. The only downside was that they were a bit too dense for the kids, who are used to light and fluffy desserts. Nonetheless, they happily gobbled down the cupcakes the moment they had their hands on them!
    So I just wanted to say a very BIG THANK YOU for sharing these amazing and fool-proof recipes for everyone. Being an amateur baker, you have made me more confident in trying out new recipes and not giving up!
    Once again, a thousand thank yous from sunny Singapore!

  50. Grace Says:

    Zakiah you’ve just made my day! Thank you, I am so very happy all went well with the recipes and I am extremely happy everyone enjoyed. All the very best!

  51. Sharanya Says:

    For me, it’s the picture that says it all. We definitely do eat with our eyes first. It’s 11 pm here in India and want to get into the kitchen and start baking these right now!

  52. Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious Says:

    Beautiful cupcakes. And where did you get those individual cupcake towers? They are just too cute!

  53. Grace Says:

    I picked up the cupcake stands at HomeSense, great find for just a few dollars.

  54. Erin @ Making Memories Says:

    So cute!

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  56. Deana Says:

    How did you drizzle the ganache on the cupcake and how long did you let it cool before pouring on top of the buttercream so it doesn’t melt the buttercream? These are beautiful!

  57. Grace Says:

    Hi Deana I used a coffee spoon and I let the chocolate cool just until it was warm to the touch about 5 minutes if I remember correctly. If you wait too long it will thicken too much to drizzle. I usually pipe a swirl of buttercream on a sheet of parchment and test the chocolate before I start.

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    While doing a search for Elmo cupcake ideas, imagine my delight when I found these AND your page! They look divine! :)

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  62. Grace Says:

    Tracey these are so yummy too, huge hit with the kids, they have a ton of fun decorating too, I set it up similar to a ice cream bar and they have fun creating there own.

  63. Linda Says:

    can the hot fudge sundae cupcakes be made a day in advance?

  64. Grace Says:

    Most definitely Linda, if you’re making in warm weather you may want to store in a cold spot, I usually store in my cold room.

  65. Marly Says:

    Grace, I can’t believe I missed this one before. These are adorable! What a cute idea!

  66. Marcie Peterson Says:

    These are too darn cute. I would love you to share this link on my site under our linky list Fantastic Cupcakes in the left hand column. Thanks Marcie

  67. Mama B @ My Edible Journey Says:

    Thanks for sharing these. I need to do a lot of nut-free baking for events coming up soon, and my son requested these the moment he saw them.

  68. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Welcome Mama B, these are really popular among the kids, they like to join in and decorate too.

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  70. Emily Says:

    I am going to make some of these for my daughters 4th birthday! How did you make it so the chocolate sauce didn’t run all the way down the sides?

  71. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Emily,

    I usually use a one-tablespoon measuring spoon and pour slowly just until there’s enough. After you do a couple you’ll know exactly how much to pour without it spilling all the way down the sides. I usually make an extra batch for the kids (great nieces and nephews) to decorate themselves (usually sending home the nicely decorated ones). They have so much fun! (A little messy but worth it.) Hope they enjoy them.

  72. Emily Says:

    Thank you for getting back to me! I did notice that it starts to thicken up after it cools. One more question, do you dry your maraschino cherries off? I worry the juice would make a big mess down the sides.

  73. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Emily,

    I usually set them on a sheet of parchment paper and pop them in the fridge for a few minutes (I like them a little chilled), the juice usually isn’t an issue.

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