Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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This classic recipe is simply amazing. Try sitting down with a glass of cold milk and see if you can eat just one! —Marlene Martin, Country Harbour Mines, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 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 water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Chocolate frosting and multi-colored sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without frosting and: 157 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1 fat


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with water and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 16 cupcakes.
Originally published as Chocolate Cupcakes in Country Woman January/February 2000, p58

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"Just finished making these and was pleasantly surprised how light and delicious they were. Will definitely keep on file and make again."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"So yummy and easy to make! Not too sweet either."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"love the chocolate so yummy tummy tubs want more"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"Mixed reviews concerned me, but this is a great recipe. I think anyone who is disappointed with the chocolate taste might consider the brand of cocoa used.

Also, a little bit of strong coffee enhances almost any chocolate recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"So chocolatey. Good with cream cheese frosting:)"

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