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Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Summer is officially here! The fact that I’m VERY pregnant this summer, only makes my cravings for a chocolate fudge sundae. My pregnancy cravings made me determined to find a way to combine my two of my favorite sweet treats into one delicious cupcake- Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes!

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With the chocolate cupcake, buttercream icing, candy jimmies and perfect cherry on top, these hot fudge sundae cupcakes are delicious and colorful. They are perfect for a birthday party, cookout or just a fun after dinner dessert!

The hot fudge sundae cupcakes recipe is so quick and easy to make- you can even use a boxed cake mix! Just follow a few simple steps, and you’re ready to top your cupcakes with a delicious homemade buttercream frosting.

Make the delicious chocolate sundae treats into a fun activity for your guests, set out the undecorated fudge cupcakes and have everyone add their own touch of fun frosting and toppings to create their own ‘hot fudge sundae’.

Dress Up Your Sundae Cupcakes

There are so many ways you can dress up your cupcakes- after all, no two fudge sundaes look the same! If you’re serving the cupcakes at a party, why not make several different kinds and let your guests choose their favorite?

A little creativity can go a long way in making your cupcakes look like the real thing. Here are some fun ideas you might like to try:

  • Add a scoop of frosting to the top of each cupcake to make it look like ice cream
  • Opt for a double chocolate hot fudge sundae by using chocolate icing
  • Drizzle with strawberry sauce instead of melted chocolate
  • Sprinkle with chopped peanuts or shredded coconut
  • Add a surprise to the middle of the cupcakes like peanut butter or more sprinkles
  • Make your cupcakes into a waffle bowl sundae by baking the cupcake batter in the cones

No matter how you chose to make your ice cream sundae cupcakes, they are sure to be delicious and will bring a smile to even the most stubborn face.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your own hot fudge sundae cupcakes today!

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes


  • One dozen of your favorite chocolate cupcakes cooled down for decorating
  • 4-5 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate candy melts
  • Sprinkles
  • 12 maraschino cherries


  1. Using a paring knife, cut the top middle section of your cupcakes and fill each one with chocolate syrup. Cover the holes with the cupcake pieces you cut out.
  2. In a stand mixer, slowly start beating butter, sugar, milk and vanilla to make your buttercream. Gradually increase the speed to high. The buttercream is ready once it forms stiff peaks.
  3. Using a piping bag, generously frost your cupcakes with the buttercream.
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  4. Microwave your chocolate candy melts in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
  5. With a spoon, drizzle over on top of your frosted cupcakes.
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  6. Top with sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.
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One Comment

  1. Yum! I’m loving ice cream this summer too, it has been so hot. You just can’t go wrong with a cupcake like this!

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