Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

These Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes are fluffy strawberry cupcakes topped with sweet swirls of vanilla buttercream, homemade chocolate ganache, sprinkles, and a cherry on top!

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Why these Cupakes are Best

Lately I’ve been turning some of my favorite ice cream desserts into cupcakes. Remember last month I made this Chocolate Vanilla Swirl frosting on a chocolate cupcake? It’s like a zebra cone (or twist cone)!

Well today we’re making Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes! I remember being a kid and getting hot fudge sundaes at the local ice cream shop. They would be topped with strawberry sauce, hot fudge, sprinkles, whipped cream, and of course a cherry on top!

Today’s cupcake recipe starts with a Strawberry Cupcake.

I used a box mix, so that I could get a nice solid base, plus I was cutting time when I made these. I had already made a batch of homemade chocolate cupcakes that day, as well as these Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting. If you have a favorite strawberry cupcake recipe from scratch, feel free to use it (and send it to me too…I’m in need of a new one!).

To mimic the whipped cream on my childhood favorite ice cream sundae, I used my delicious vanilla buttercream frosting recipe. It’s out of this world!!

Strawberry Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache, sprinkles and a cherry on top

How to make Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Start by baking a batch of Strawberry Cupcakes. Either use a mix or this delicious Strawberry Cupcake recipe. Prepare them according to package (recipe) and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

Next, whip up a batch of creamy vanilla buttercream frosting. I love to use this recipe with fresh vanilla beans, but if they’re too pricey for you, just use a pure vanilla extract. I usually have a bottle of Vanilla Paste on hand at all times. It’s the best of both worlds. You get the vanilla extract and the beans in a rich, fragrant flavored paste!

You’ll also need to make a chocolate ganache. I like to use a good quality chocolate for this, as you want it to taste amazing, and melt smooth.

Finally, you’ll need some sprinkles and a “cherry on top.” You can use a red gumball, or even a peanut M&M’s. I happened to find a red cherry sour ball (much like a lemon drop).

And that’s how you make a cupcake look like an ice cream sundae!

Strawberry Cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting and chocolate ganache

Here’s what you need to make Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

  • First, you’ll need a cupcake tin and paper liners. I like to get my liners from here, as they are greaseproof, which means the color of the liner won’t fade as you bake!
  • I also like to use a LARGE cookie scoop to portion out the cupcake batter. This 3 Tbsp scoop is usually perfect!
  • For today’s recipe you don’t need a special pastry bag and tips. I just used a large gallon sized ziploc bag, snipped off the corner, and piped big dollops onto each cupcake. Be generous…this is your “ice cream” layer…and everyone loves a double scoop, haha!

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes recipe

Looking for more fun cupcake ideas?

This fudgy, decadent Copycat Hostess Cupcake recipe looks and tastes like the real thing. Only better, I promise!

How fun are these Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes with their swirl of sweet frosting? Add a paper straw to complete the look!

These Watermelon Cupcakes are my oldest daughter’s favorite treat. She usually asks me to make these at least once a year!

Remember malt shops? This Chocolate Malt Cupcake recipe with Vanilla Malt Buttercream has a hint of malt and is topped with a fluffy buttercream infused with even more malt flavor.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

These Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes are fluffy strawberry cupcakes topped with sweet swirls of vanilla buttercream, homemade chocolate ganache, sprinkles, and a cherry on top!


  • 1 box strawberry cake (with ingredients on box)

For the frosting:

For the ganache:

  • 1 package (12 ounce) milk chocolate morsels
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • sprinkles, optional
  • candy "cherry on top", optional


  1. Prepare strawberry cake according to package directions for 24 cupcakes. Cool completely on a wire rack before adding frosting.
  2. For the frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer for 3-5 minutes, until pale yellow and smooth. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and milk. Beat for an additional 3-5 minutes, until fluffy.
  3. Using a large ziploc bag, fill with the frosting. Snip off the corner and pipe onto each cupcake (pattern doesn't matter).
  4. For the ganache, place the chocolate and heavy cream in a glass bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth. Cool 5 minutes, then spoon over the frosting.
  5. Add sprinkles and "cherry on top" immediately. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on April 11, 2018

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