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The Most Amazing Chocolate Cupcake You’ll Ever Eat

Chocolate Cupcake Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream… Holy moly cupcake is a one two combo to your taste buds (pow pow).

If you’re a chocolate cupcake lover, this recipe will bring you great joy (you’re welcome Marie Kondo).

Personally, I wasn’t really a chocolate fan.  I don’t know why… but, I just wasn’t drawn to it.  This changed that… for good.

The Chocolate Cupcake

chocolate cupcake on wire cooling rack

It’s not often that I bite into a cupcake and think “oh… my lord” but, that happened to me today.  This chocolate cupcake is the backbone of many of our recipes, and you need to bookmark this page.

This recipe will serve as your starting point for many chocolate cupcake variations.  No matter what type of chocolate cupcake we make, we will always start here from now on… and you should too!

Much like other baking recipes, the devil is in the details.  Following a recipe to the letter is crazy important.

Forgetting an ingredient or mismeasuring will result in trash can additions… trust me, we’ve been there.

One of the biggest differences you’ll notice with this recipe is the baking time and temperature.  These baby’s cook low and slow.

This creates an incredibly moist cupcake.  The baking time ranges from 19 minutes to 25 minutes.  Our oven is a bit… old.

Since things take a bit longer to bake, I started with my timer at 19 minutes and checked them with a toothpick.  When it came out gooey, I reset the timer for another 5 minutes.  They came our perfect for us in 24 minutes.

They are so moist that they almost appear like they’re not completely cooked.  You can hear little bubbly popping when you pull them from the oven.  If the toothpick is clean, take them out!

Allow them to cool for 3 minutes in the pan, remove and place on a cooling rack to finish cooling.  Hands off!

If you’re a chocolate peanut butter lover, you should totally add a peanut butter buttercream frosting to this baby!!

The Chocolate Buttercream Frosting 

chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream on wire cooling rack

Chocolate buttercream looks amazing and it’s so easy to make.  I may or may not have had a spoonful or two from the bowl. 

I consider it quality control.  First taste could be a fluke, 2nd taste is critical to the success of your chocolate frosting.  Totally fine.

One huge tip is to leave the stand mixer in the pantry.  Hand mixers are the way to go when it comes to making buttercream.

Using a hand mixer allows you to really get the butter whipped, and you won’t end up with any of those white chunks of unmixed butter in your chocolate buttercream.  I’ve been there… 

Bust out your Kitchen Aid hand mixer and ensure that all of the ingredients are mixed to perfection.

Chocolate buttercream frosting goes perfect with almost anything.  Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, your fingers… literally anything.  Personally, I think its best paired with a chocolate cupcake.

It packs that one two punch that I talked about earlier.

Chocolate Buttercream Tips:

  • Use a hand mixer. It might take a few more minutes, but your recipe will be mixed well and taste delicious.
  • If it’s too thick, add a touch more heavy whipping cream (a little goes a long way)
  • If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar (again, a little goes a long way)
  • When filling your pipping bags, use a large cup to hold your bag open. Place the bag inside and fold the edges around the cup rim to hold it in place.  It’s a clean and easy way to fill your bags.
  • Crush up some chocolate sandwich cookies to dress the cupcakes. It adds a nice texture to your bite and looks pretty great too!


chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

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The Most Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Cupcake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate cupcakes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 18 Cupcakes


The Most Amazing Chocolate Cupcake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 T cocoa powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup hot water

The Most Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened OR 3 sticks
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 t vanilla


The Most Amazing Chocolate Cupcake

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees!
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl by whisking together.
  3. Combine the egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  4. The wet and dry ingredients are going to get married now in a beautiful ceremony with a hand mixer!
  5. Add the water to the batter and mix together.  Batter will be thin, do not fret!
  6. Fill your liners in your cupcake pan with the batter, filling each liner about halfway.
  7. Bake these little cuties for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle!
  8. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in their pans for 2 minutes.  Then, remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack until ready to frost.

The Most Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. Measure the cocoa powder into a large bowl.  Run a whisk through the powder to break up any clumps.
  2. Add softened butter to the bowl and cream together until well-combined with a hand-mixer.  The texture and consistency is MUCH better with a hand mixer (as compared to a stand mixer).  
  3. Alternate adding the confectioner's sugar and the milk to the creamed mixture.  You can achieve this by adding 1 cup of confectioner's sugar followed by 1 tablespoon of milk, turning your hand mixer onto high for about one minute after each addition.  Repeat this process until all of the confectioner's sugar and butter has been added.
  4. Add the vanilla to the mixture and combined well.
  5. For a frosting that is too dry, add milk 1 Tablespoon at a time until you achieve the right consistency.  If the frosting seeems too runny, add a bit more confectioner's sugar until you achieve the most AMAZING frosting result 🙂

2 thoughts on “The Most Amazing Chocolate Cupcake You’ll Ever Eat

  1. Wow, do those cupcakes look great. I have to admit I have never been the biggest fan of chocolate cake or cupcakes, despite being a chocolate lover, but I am going to give this recipe a try.

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