No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

easy steamed chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache frosting
IMAGE Bianca Laxamana


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It's no secret anymore that there are some baking recipes that don't need to be baked at all. No-bake, steamed recipes, especially this no-bake steamed chocolate cake recipe, are easily made by almost anyone with a stove. Since it's steamed, there is little excuse for anyone to not be able to bake a cake if they have the ingredients on hand. Plus, it's delicious! 

If you love chocolate desserts that are easy to make, you need to try this no-bake cupcake recipe, if only for the luscious dark chocolate ganache recipe you will make and top each mini cake with. "Decadent" doesn't even begin to describe how delicious the cupcakes this recipe creates are. 

What is No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes? 

Chocolate cupcakes are individual little cakes that are normally topped with a frosting or icing. This topping can be impressive little crowns on these moist mini cakes but it is not just for show; these are decadent little mounds of sweetened buttercream, cream, or topping are just as addictive as (if not more than) the cake they're topping. 


What makes this recipe genius is that it's a no-bake version that results in a super fluffy and moist chocolate cupcake. One of the biggest problems with chocolate cakes is the lack of moisture but that isn't the case for these cupcakes. 

These cupcakes are topped with an equally decadent chocolate ganache frosting that elevates the chocolate flavor already present in the cupcake. The result is an intensely chocolate dessert that is easy, delicious, and addictive to eat. You'll end up making this recipe more often! 

How To Serve No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes 

This cupcake recipe is a small batch so these are perfect for small households that don't need a dozen cupcakes at any given time. Since these are steamed, these are best served when completely cooled and then topped with the chocolate ganache that accompanies this cupcake recipe. Feel free to decorate the ganache on top if desired or just eat it as is. 

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How To Make No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes 

easy steamed chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache frosting
These cupcakes are "baked" in a steamer!
Photo by Bianca Laxamana


The recipe starts off to a great start, especially for new bakers. You don't need the mixer; all you need is a big bowl with a whisk and spatula. Just whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and you have got a chocolate cake batter. 


Prepare your steamer and the cupcake tin or cups that you will use and portion out the batter into these. Steam until each cupcake, when tested with a toothpick, is cooked through. Meanwhile, as the cupcakes steam, you can make the ganache frosting that you'll pipe on top. 

Tips To Make Delicious No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes 

There is no shortage to tips when it comes to making chocolate cake! If you're looking for advice, here are some of our best cake baking tips you can use for your chocolate cake 

1 Use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. 

Cake flour will help yield a cake with a tight and tender crumb. Since the moisture present in the steamer will definitely affect the rising of the cake, you'll need it to be as soft and tender as possible. 

2 Use great tasting chocolate. 


You don't have to use award-winning chocolate but if you can, we're sure your taste buds will rejoice with every bite. The general rule is this: If it's not a chocolate or cocoa powder that you wouldn't mind eating to drinking, then it's a great option to use in your chocolate cake. 


3 Add a flavor! 

The addition of another flavor that complements chocolate can make it taste unique. Want our advice? Orange is a fantastic pairing with chocolate and we even have a no-bake chocolate orange cake recipe to prove to you that it is good! 

4 Prepare the steamer just like an oven. 

We know that you can't preheat a steamer but the process of preparing it is just as important as preheating an oven. The temperature of the steamer is necessary to start the cupcakes to rise and this wil prevent your cupcakes from becoming a failure. 

5 Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to prevent drips. 

There's a steaming trick that not many people do: wrap the lid with a kitchen towel. This prevents  soggy cupcakes or cupcakes with wet spots. (We know. Ewwww right?) So, unless you're using a bamboo steamer, which absorbs droplets that collect on the lid, the best way to prevent soggy is with this kitchen trick. 


How To Store No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes

cake stands with glass domes and bamboo wooden stands
These gorgeous cake stands with bamboo stands would display your cupcakes to perfection! (Left to Right: Design B, 10 inch cake, 10 inch white) 
Photo by Lazada

We know how addictive chocolate cupcakes can be so if you're looking for a way to store your cupcakes, the best way is in a airtight container with a lid. In fact, if you have a cake dome like one of these, which easily lets you store your cupcakes without refrigerating them. These also prevent pests from swarming your precious desserts! With one of these, you might be encouraged to bake these cupcakes, and others just like it, just to display your gorgeous little edible creations to everyone who drop by. 


Kitchen Plus Bamboo Cake Stand with Glass Lid, 10 inch Medium (28x30cm), P1,299, Kitchenplusph, Lazada

Kitchen Plus Bamboo Cake Stand with Glass Lid, Design B, 11 inch (30x30 cm), P1,699, Kitchenplusph, Lazada

Kitchen Plus Bamboo Cake Stand with Glass Lid, 10 inch white (26x26 cm), P1,699, Kitchenplusph, Lazada

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Watch: No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe 


No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe


Prep Time
35 mins 
Cooking Time
40 mins 
Ready In
1 hr 15 mins 
Cooking Method

No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients

How to make No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes


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