Milk-Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes

The cupcakes here, inspired by the squiggly-topped childhood favorite, are plumped up with a chocolaty pudding filling, topped with a ganache glaze, and crowned with elegant chocolate curls. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 603.

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  • Yield: Makes 18

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2016


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (61 percent cacao), melted and cooled
  • Milk-Chocolate Pudding
  • Milk-Chocolate Ganache for Pudding Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Curls, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 standard muffin cups with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter with sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with milk. Beat in melted chocolate.

  2. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until a tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes and let cool completely on rack. (Cupcakes can be made ahead up to this point and stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.)

  3. Transfer pudding to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain round tip. Insert tip in top of a cupcake and squeeze until cupcake begins to mound. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes and up to 1 day. Spoon about 2 teaspoons ganache over top of each cupcake; top with chocolate curls. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes before serving.


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