Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – a quick & easy, one bowl, mix & bake chocolate cake recipe that produces moist, tender cupcakes crowned with the smoothest chocolate frosting.
Perfect chocolate cupcakes for me are rich, moist, cocoa based chocolate scratch cake recipe cupcakes. They are topped with a simple butter based frosting that incorporates melted chocolate in the recipe for a silky, creamy icing on these perfect little treats.
Chocolate cupcakes are an ideal take-along to many occasions. I can’t imagine any gathering of family or friends at which they would not be welcomed!
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If you liked these cupcakes, you should check out our Black and White Cake, which is the same cake recipe but with kid approved marshmallow frosting. Black and White cupcakes wouldn’t be a bad idea either but a half batch of the frosting should suffice.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup soured milk add 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar to the milk
- 1 cup brewed black coffee or one tsp instant coffee in 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 4 cups icing sugar powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp cocoa
- 1 cup butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 -6 tbsp milk
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into paper lined muffin tins filling about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool completely.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler and let cool back to almost room temperature.
Mix the butter, cocoa and icing sugar together until the butter is broken up well into small pieces and distributed throughout the sugar. It may still look powdery at this point.
Add the melted chocolate chips, vanilla extract and 3 tbsp milk.
Beat together well until smooth, fluffy and creamy. You can add more milk if you want a softer textured frosting or a little more icing sugar if you want a stiffer frosting.
Spread on cooled cupcakes and serve.
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