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. Grace Says:

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

  3. 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

  4. Grace Says:

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

  5. Lizzy Says:

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

  6. Merlot Says:

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Blog is the New Black Says:

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

  10. Melissa@EyesBigger Says:

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

  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. Grace Says:

    Wouldn’t that be fun.

  16. Dee D. Says:

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

  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. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  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. Grace Says:

    I am so jealous Stephanie 70/80!

  30. Peggy Says:

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

  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. Grace Says:

    What a beautiful compliment, thank you so much Sandra!

  33. Andrea Says:

    These are terrific! Great photos

  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.

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