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Easy Chocolate Cupcakes: A Recipe

Updated on February 16, 2013
Homemade chocolate cupcakes.
Homemade chocolate cupcakes. | Source

The best recipe for delicious, moist chocolate cupcakes!

Cupcakes have been a favorite dessert of mine ever since I was a little girl, and they have not lost any of their delight for me. I still love chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and colored sprinkles! Apparently other people do too, since I often make this recipe for church potlucks and always come home with an empty container.

Kids aren't the only ones who like these cupcakes either. I see grown-ups eating them at the church dinners, so I think it's safe to say they are a favorite with everyone. Even my husband, who doesn't care much for chocolate desserts, eats these with pleasure.

Unfrosted chocolate cupcakes.
Unfrosted chocolate cupcakes. | Source
3.6 stars from 5 ratings of Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe


3 cups flour (I use 1 cup whole wheat flour + 2 cups white flour)

1 1/2 cups sugar

6 tablespoons cocoa

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups water

2/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 teaspoons vanilla´╗┐


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.´╗┐

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and mix very well. With your mixing fork or spoon, make a hollow in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Stir together using a large spoon. (Do not use beaters or an electric mixer.) Batter will be slightly fizzy.

Line muffin tins with cupcake papers and fill cups 3/4 full or a little more (not quite full). Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cupcake centers are firm or a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Allow to cool, then frost.

Frosting Your Cupcakes

You can eat the cupcakes plain, without frosting, but I prefer mine frosted. You could purchase storebought icing for your cupcakes, but I prefer to make chocolate frosting from scratch. Here's my recipe.

Photo Guide to Making Homemade Chocolate Frosting

Cooking the chocolate frosting.
Cooking the chocolate frosting. | Source
Mixing the cocoa mixture with the powdered sugar.
Mixing the cocoa mixture with the powdered sugar. | Source
Frosting the cupcakes.
Frosting the cupcakes. | Source
Set the cupcake in a small bowl or dish to keep the sprinkles from rolling all over the place!
Set the cupcake in a small bowl or dish to keep the sprinkles from rolling all over the place! | Source

Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe


1/3 cup butter

3 tablespoons cocoa

1/4 cup milk

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Put the butter, milk, and cocoa in a small kettle and melt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. When it has reached a boil, remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. When it has cooled, scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl and beat in powdered sugar on medium to high speed. Frost the cupcakes.

If you are adding sprinkles or nonpareils to your frosted chocolate cupcakes, it is best to put the sprinkles on directly after frosting each cupcake, since the frosting will stiffen if you wait too long. (I hold the cupcake over a small dish or bowl to catch the excess sprinkles so they don't make a big mess.) Store the finished cupcakes in an airtight container.

If you have frosting left over (I usually do) you can use it to make graham cracker sandwiches for a yummy snack! Spread frosting on one half of a graham cracker and top with the other half of the cracker. You can store these in the freezer for weeks in a freezer container or zip-lock freezer bag.


More Chocolate Desserts

If you are a chocolate lover, you might want to check out some of my other recipes featuring chocolate:


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    • katedonavon profile image

      katedonavon 6 years ago

      You're welcome, vespawoolf, hope you like them! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      vespawoolf 6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I also am a cupcaker lover and even agree with Bill Cosby's old comedy should eat cake for breakfast! Your recipe is unique with the liquid additions of water and vinegar so I plan on trying it. Thank you for sharing!

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      katedonavon 6 years ago

      Well, LoriSoard, I have to agree, but I'm not sure that they are a good nutritional replacement for cereal as a breakfast food. Then again, if you're talking about "chocolate frosted sugar bombs" as cereal, then these might be better!

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      LoriSoard 6 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      I'm going to make these tomorrow. They look delicious. Better than cereal. ha ha ha.

    • katedonavon profile image

      katedonavon 6 years ago

      You're quite welcome, rob_allen. There's just nothing like chocolate!

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      I am not a fan of sweets but i love chocolates a lot. :)thanks for sharing this sweeeeet hub! :)

    • katedonavon profile image

      katedonavon 6 years ago

      Thanks alissaroberts, glad you liked it, and they are easy or I wouldn't make them so often!

      You're welcome CookwareBliss. I was craving them all last week and finally decided to go ahead and make some. :)

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      CookwareBliss 6 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      I'm a big fan for sweets, these cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • alissaroberts profile image

      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      This hub has got me craving some chocolate cupcakes! I have never tried making cupcakes from scratch but your recipe sounds super easy so I may just have to give it a try. Great pics too - voted up!


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