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Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Milkshake Cupcakes

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These Ghirardelli Chocolate Milkshake Cupcakes are a topped with a dark chocolate malt frosting!

Double Chocolate Cupcake on a cake stand

Disclaimer: Ghirardelli sent me product for review, but all opinions included here are my own. I was not compensated for this review. 

Chocolate chocolate and more chocolate coming your way with week. Why? Well beside my obvious love for chocolate, I have been baking away with some new Ghirardelli products! I practically fell off my chair when I got an email from Ghirardelli asking me if I was interested in reviewing their new line of baking products. Umm yes please! We are huge fans of Ghirardelli, especially the milk chocolate chips. I can barley keep an open bag in the freezer because SOMEONE eats them all and it’s not me. Anyone remember my random road trip stop to their factory outlet? I practically can’t wait to go back to Tahoe so we can stop for another hot fudge sundae.

Double Chocolate Cupcake on a napkin

Ghirardelli’s new line of baking products includes Premium Ground Cocoa, Premium Hot Cocoa flavors and Candy Dipping Wafers. Each different product offers the amazing chocolate flavor you would expect from Ghirardelli. Over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing some recipes using the various Ghirardelli baking products.

I only recently found out that Ghirardelli offered Ground Cocoa in both Unsweetened and Sweet Ground Cocoa. The Ground Cocoa is the perfect chocolate flavor for cooking, brownies and even frosting. Today, I am using the Sweet Ground Cocoa for this Chocolate Milkshake Frosting. It’s chocolatety, a little griddy (like Cocoa) and slightly malted.  I added some vanilla malt powder to the frosting for the added “milkshake” taste. I also tend to use heavy whipping cream in my frostings which add a smooth and creamy texture. I also whip it at high speeds for 30 seconds at a time to introduce some air into the frosting.

Double Chocolate Cupcake on a mini cake stand

Usually I recommend sifting any cocoa powder before adding it to anything, because most cocoa powder comes in a hard container. However, the resalable bag of Ghirardelli Cocoa are soft and flexible, so you it can help break up any clumps that might have formed. So I did not have to sift the Ground Cocoa before I added it to my frosting. Anything that can help me save time is much appreciated! Now let’s get to work and make some frosting!

Close-up of double chocolate cupcakes on a cake stand

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Double Chocolate Milkshake Cupcakes

  • Yield: 24 Cupcakes


  • 1 batch of cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • 3 sticks Unsalted butter- at room temperature
  • 1/4 C Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Cocoa (a heaping 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tbsp Malted milk powder
  • 4 C Powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
  • Hot fudge sauce for drizzling


  1. Butter should be at room temperature or slightly firmer, not melted. Beat on medium speed until butter is light and fluffy.
  2. Reduce speed and slowly add Ground Cocoa butter and malted milk powder and beat into butter. Beat until Ground Cocoa is incorporated into butter.
  3. Add powered sugar one cup at a time, beating on medium-low speed. The frosting will become quite thick.
  4. Add heavy whipped cream and increase speed to medium high. Beat at high speeds in 30-second increments until frosting becomes fluffy, maybe two minutes.
  5. Frost cupcakes once cooled.
  6. I used some hot fudge sauce to drizzle over the top of my cupcakes. I microwaved it slightly just until warm and runny but not overly hot.


You can add additional Ground Cocoa for a more intense chocolate flavor. You can use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe!

A double chocolate cupcake on a mini cake stand

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  1. Sandra

    I have a question. Since I live in a small town its hard to find items that recipes require so can I use Nestlé toll house cocoa? I know it isnt sweet but is it possible to make it sweetier by adding an extra ingredient? What would you suggest?

  2. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen

    Oh my gosh! That frosting looks ridiculously delicious. Is the cupcake part necessary? Or can I just eat it with a spoon straight from the bowl? 😉

  3. Catherine

    Dear Julianne, These cupcakes look so tempting. I love chocolate and especially Ghirardelli. Wonderful post and presentation. Just stopping by from Marvelous Mondays. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  4. Amy@Little Dairy on the Prairie

    You had me at milkshake! I love malted milk powder! And I love the idea of adding it to frosting, I must try this!

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