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Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Updated on October 13, 2014
chocolate cupcake
chocolate cupcake

The cupcake craze doesn't seem to be going anywhere yet and that's good news for cupcake fans. Major U.S. cities are filled with "cupcakeries" and more seem to be popping up every year. And who doesn't love a good cupcake? I've always loved cupcakes and living in Tokyo doesn't give me many choices. Unfortunately, the cupcake craze hasn't really caught on here in Japan. There are two cupcake shops that I know of that serve pretty decent cupcakes, but neither are spectacular and having tasted cupcakes from both places, they are nothing to write home about. So when I plan holidays to American cities, I do some serious research on where to find some of the best cupcakeries in town.

In search of the best cupcakes

Last December, I visited my family in Honolulu, Hawaii where they boast a dozen or so cupcakeries. After doing my research and with some old-fashioned luck ( I couldn't find one shop and the other was closed ), I ended up visiting two and although I didn't have a chance to eat my four $3.50US-a-piece cupcakes I purchased at one place ( when I got back home and opened the box, the cupcakes had rolled around and ended up playing twister with each other ), I has success with a nice chocolate cupcake from the second shop.

In fact, that chocolate cupcake was incredibly yummy, I found myself craving for some again. Since I'm now back in Tokyo, I had no other choice but to make some of my own. For cakes, I don't mind using boxed mixes, but for cupcakes, I prefer to make them from scratch. And when it comes to chocolate cupcakes, I'm pretty darn picky-they have to be perfect with absolutely no trace of imitation after-taste.

Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes for any Occasion

Now I don't usually bake 2 dozen cupcakes for myself, but since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I figure why not! After piping my frosting on, I decorated them with some chocolate hearts and silver candy beads for some sparkle. These chocolate cupcakes are pretty rich decadent making them perfect for any occasion.

*Photo credit : Chocolate cupcakes taken by myself

Other cupcakes you might enjoy!

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
  • Yields: 24 regular-sized cupcakes


  • Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 -4 tablespoons milk
Anchor Hocking Monaco Cake Set with Ribbed Dome
Anchor Hocking Monaco Cake Set with Ribbed Dome

I got this for my birthday this year and I am thrilled with it. Cakes and cupcakes instantly look better served in this glass cake stand.

The lid can also be inverted, letting you use it as a punch bowl. Ingenious!



  1. Let's make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350F. Put paper baking cups into 24 regular-sized muffin cups.
  2. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the hot water and cocoa until dissolved.
  4. In another large bowl, beat softened butter until smooth. Gradually add sugar beating well and occasionally scraping the bowl. Beat until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture and cocoa in 2-3 batches. Beat until just blended.
  6. Fill each baking cup with mixture 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely.
  8. Let's make the frosting. In a large bowl, mix butter and chocolate together. Stir in the powdered sugar.
  9. Mix in the vanilla and milk until smooth.
  10. If frosting is too thick, add a little milk very little at a time until spreadable.
  11. If frosting is too thin, add a small amount of powdered sugar.
  12. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired.

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The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)
The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)

What I like about this book is that it gives you the option of using a cake mix or making the cupcakes from scratch. Recipes include favorites like Red Velvet but also has some newer flavors such as Orange Soda and Mango Jalapeno. The ultimate cupcake cookbook.


Do you love cupcakes? Do you adore chocolate? Then this recipe is for you! Please feel free to leave your comments and share with us some of your favorite cupca

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks everybody for your comments. These really were some of the best cupcakes I've ever made or eaten.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Looks really delicious!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Those look totally delicious!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love chocolate and cupcakes. YUM - pinned here: (see...told you i love cupcakes lol)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      I want to reach through the screen for you. Please send through the wires. LOL :) The look so good. I love the little hearts on top!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Naturally I clicked on this again! Who could resist. I wish I had one of these right about now! Gorgeous Smine27!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I LOVE anything with chocolate! Such yummy cupcakes!

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Beautiful photo that drew me in. Wished I had one of these chocolate cupcakes now. They look delish!

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      We like dark chocolate cupcakes that aren't too sweet and may even be a little salty. Your cupcakes always look so nice. :)

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      They look and sound delicious, I could eat one right now!

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      shoputopian 3 years ago

      Sounds very yummy!

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Yum! Great recipe.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      this photo is making me crave chocolate right now! I'll have to try this recipe this weekend, thanks!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yum! Another gorgeous, drool worthy recipe!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I love cupcakes. Especially mini ones; they're the perfect size.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Perhaps there is a cupcakerie with your name on it. You could certainly create a cupcake craze in Tokyo. I can see it.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love cupcakes, I adore chocolate. So yes, this is a recipe for me! I can't imagine that mine will look as beautiful as yours, but I'll have to give it a try!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Loved your story! Cupcakes look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Your dessert recipes always go straight for my taste buds. Such delicious photos that I am tempted to start chewing on my computer screen.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Oh my god, these look amazing! I wanna try one!