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Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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Good any time of the year, cupcakes make a great get-up-and-go treat on busy summer days. These have been a frosted favorite with family and friends for at least 35 years. They're really popular at bake sales. —Ellen Moore, Springfield, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 239 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine buttermilk and water. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and water, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate, milk, vanilla and salt. Frost cupcakes; garnish with chocolate sprinkles. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes in Country Woman July/August 2004, p40

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2016

"OMG---so yummy!!! This is a total keeper!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"These have an okay flavor, but they are far from the best chocolate cupcake I've made. I agree with other reviews: do NOT fill the cupcakes more than halfway. They spill out and make a mess. They were hard to peel the wrapper off too. And the frosting is way too thick. These need some help. I would not recommend these."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"These are my go-to chocolate cake recipe! Everyone that has tried them has loved them! Moist, chocolately, and delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"Very.... very good !!! Easy to make, moist, tasty and just WONDERFUL... I discovered that using coffee instead of water (like suggested by martberg) renders a much richer and tastier cupcake. I also added 1/8 cup oil and that's why they were ridiculously moist. I baked for 17 minutes and they came out perfect. This recipe will make 24 servings, just make sure that you fill 2/3 as mentioned (or maybe a little less) or they will rise more than wanted and over flow. Thanks for such a GREAT and EASY recipe......"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"Good recipe, I replaced the water with coffee. BUT the amount of batter definitely wont make 24 servings, more like 16-18."

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