The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Delicious in their simplicity: our chocolate cupcake recipe with chocolate buttercream icing are a bake-sale classic or a tasty treat for your lunch box.


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup hot strong coffee


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup 35% cream
 sprinkles, (optional)


1. PREHEAT oven to 350F. Line 2 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.

2. WHISK flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

3. WHISK eggs in a large bowl, then whisk in buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Whisk in flour mixture until just combined. Whisk in hot coffee until smooth.

4. DIVIDE among prepared cups and bake until a cake tester inserted into centre of a chocolate cupcake comes out clean, 17 to 19 min. Let cool in pan for 5 min. Remove cupcakes to a rack to cool completely, 25 min.

5. ICING: Beat butter in a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until smooth, 1 to 2 min. Gradually beat in icing sugar and cocoa on low, scraping bottom and sides of bowl until just combined. Add vanilla and salt and beat on medium-high until very light and fluffy, 3 to 4 min. Add cream and beat 1 min. Frost cooled cupcakes and add sprinkles.

Kitchen Tip: Use a star tip fitted in a piping bag for a swirled top, or use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon for a quick frosted finish.

Kitchen Tip: Replace hot coffee with hot decaf coffee to reduce caffeine.

Calories 275, Protein 3 g, Carbohydrates 37 g, Fat 14 g, Fibre 2 g, Sodium 204 mg.


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