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The Best Homemade Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Ever
Easy, Delicious Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
Chocolate cupcakes are the best things on the planet. You can switch it up and use a different frosting like ganache, make a double chocolate version, or just use the classic vanilla frosting to make the ultimate treat. This classic recipe is one that you can use as a great go-to recipe over and over again (they're far superior to any boxed version). Moist and perfect for frosting hounds, these are rich and decadent. Read on for directions on how to make these homemade chocolate cupcakes and have them on your table in just about an hour!
Left: Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting and vanilla icing... kind of tastes like a donut with cocoa frosting and glaze -- can't beat this!
When you think of cupcakes, the first two types that come to mind are chocolate and vanilla. While vanilla is good, chocolate is a much more rich, satisfying food. Eating chocolate can release the same endorphines associated with making love, which might be the reason so many people are chocoholics. So, go ahead, satisfy your sweet tooth and make up a batch of these classic cupcakes! Here's what you'll need to make it:
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Note: Before you begin baking, take the butter out of the fridge in advance to allow it to fully adjust to room temperature. This will result in less clumpy batter and frosting.
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Directions for Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes
Learn how to make this easy recipe in just minutes!
As long as you have the proper kitchen tools, cupcakes are pretty basic. Expect to spend an hour from start to finish making these, unless you don't have enough pans (then it might take you longer, so go back up and buy some through Amazon -- 2 Day shipping). This recipe will yield about 12-16 medium sized cupcakes.
- Soften the butter at room temperature, while taking the eggs out to also warm to room temperature, approximately 20 minutes. Grease the cupcake pans, and if desired, line them with cupcake wrappers and set aside. Meanwhile, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl, then set aside.
So what were people's reactions when they ate these? The chocolate lovers adored them, and really liked the double frosting of the ganache. They were on the very moist side, but not sticky like a muffin. Overall, these went over big!
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This recipe is rich, moist, and above all, chocolatey. To intensify that chocolate flavor even more, try pressing pieces of chocolate or chocolate chips into the center of the batter before baking.
Chocolate Frosting (And Other Frostings)
Try these delicious frostings to accompany your cupcakes
Once you've made the chocolate cupcakes, you can make whatever frosting suits you at the moment, whether it's chocolate, vanilla, or ganache. Personally, the ganache was probably the best one, and is featured in the photo right. It's a little bit of extra work, but well worth the effort. They are cake-like, moist, and rich. They pack a sweet punch that will ensure you'll only be having one of these. If you can eat two, then congratulations, you have a bigger sweet tooth than I.
Vanilla Frosting or Chocolate Frosting
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon milk
- 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
1. Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a bowl. Once combined, beat in the butter using an electric mixer. Beat until smooth, then frost the cupcakes.
2. To make the frosting chocolate, add 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and beat into the frosting mix.
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 12 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
1. On medium heat, bring the whipping cream to a high heat to a boiling point, then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate to the whipping cream, and let the mixture sit for five minutes. Stir to combine, then allow the ganache to cool for another 15 minutes.
2. Frost the cupcakes as usual. The ganache frosting will harden as the cupcakes cool more. Top with icing or vanilla frosting for a decorative look.
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Chocolate cupcakes, all done and ready to cool and frost!
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