Garam Masala Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Brenda Washnock


When working on desserts I like to bring something unexpected, as in this cupcake using Garam Masala seasoning. I like to make my own garam masala according to the region I wish to re-create, but Spice Islands has a great Garam Masala that's just right for this recipe.

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40 Min
20 Min

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Unusual and full of spice, this dessert is excellent. The cupcake itself is very moist. If you're not familiar with it, garam masala traditionally includes cinnamon, cumin, cloves, cardamom and other spices. The caramel frosting complements the spice of the cupcake. The chocolaty ganache and almonds are the "icing" on these yummy cupcakes.


2 c
all-purpose flour
2 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
3/4 c
unsweetened cocoa
1 c
boiling water
2 large
eggs, at room temperature
1 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
butter, softened
2 tsp
garam masala seasoning
1 c
1/3 c
caramel sauce
1/2 tsp
1 & 1/2 c
powdered sugar
1 c
semi-sweet chocolate
1 tsp
heavy cream
1/2 c
salted almonds, chopped


1Preheat oven to 350. Prepare muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3In a small bowl, combine the boiling water and cocoa by whisking, set aside.
4In a large bowl whisk eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and butter until smooth. Add the cocoa and boiling water to this bowl and whisk.
5Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir. Now add the garam masala and stir.
6Fill the cupcake liners 1/2 full and bake at 350 for 18-21 minutes until springy to touch. Let cool before icing.
7In a medium bowl, combine the butter, caramel sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and powdered sugar until light and fluffy with an electric beater. Frost the cupcakes before starting the ganache.
8In a double boiler, heat 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate until melted, whisking frequently. Add 1 teaspoon heavy cream and whisk.
9Drizzle the chocolate onto the icing and sprinkle with the chopped almonds.

About Garam Masala Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Middle Eastern