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Double Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Double Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Linda Utter of Sidney, Montana proves you don't have to fudge on chocolate to make a light and luscious treat. Her moist cupcakes are chock-full of sweet flavor, but low in saturated fat.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:14 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg, then egg white, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the buttermilk, water, vinegar and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; beat into batter just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • 2. Fill muffin cups coated with cooking spray three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 14 cupcakes.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 139 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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fishinbug User ID: 8697535 244026
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"These are the best thing when I need a chocolate fix. Am working on another batch, everybody at work gobbled them up."

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 219195
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Used regular size dark chocolate chips. Sprinkled cooled cupcakes with powdered sugar. Very good!"

kbabe819 User ID: 3846515 94045
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"A tiny bit dry"

cookiepaws User ID: 5441198 31523
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I made these with gluten free flour, they turned out great!! I used 1/2 cup cocoa powder and reduced the flour to 1 1/3 cups. I mixed 1/2 cup of chips with flour & cocoa so they didn't fall to bottom. It made 6 JUMBO muffins. YUMMY!!!"

ConnieK User ID: 282614 94044
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"Great light treat for when you're having a chocolate craving. I made exactly as written and they came out fine but my batter only made 12 as well (not 14)."

BrookesPearl User ID: 5889961 77790
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Looked picture perfect out of the oven! Added an extra 1/2 cup of the miniature chocolate chips!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 78839
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"This is a good recipe for when you're craving chocolate but don't want a whole lot of calories."

grensrud User ID: 4501110 117980
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"These were great, however I did make a few changes. I used 2% milk in place of the buttermilk. I also mixed the chocolate chips into the batter and had no problem with them sticking to the pan - also sprinkled chocolate chips on top. The biggest change I made was I added a bit more flour, and poured the mixture into jumbo muffin pans. Tasted just like a jumbo muffin without all the fat and calories! Recipe made 6. Will absolutely make again, my hubby had no clue that they were a healthier version of a family favorite!"

emimae User ID: 160192 93727
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"These came out great and they are a pefect lower fat chocolate dessert. I didn't have any mini chips on hand, so I used larger sized chips and chopped them up a bit. Delicious!"

ebeth2007 User ID: 2951063 35762
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Very yummy:) I might try sprinkling chips on the top next time I make this. I put more mini chips in mine as well:)"

mnzalt User ID: 257584 77788
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipes! Whenever I get a craving for chocolate I go to this recipe! Very easy to make. I also mix my chocolate chips with the flour mixture and have no trouble with the chip sticking to the bottom of my pan! My husband even loves these!!"

Dioptase User ID: 1776920 52834
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"I mixed the choc chips in along with the flour and cocoa and they did not sink. They were YUMMMmmmy. Defnintely making these again."

naomisaunt User ID: 1452402 78838
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Fabulous cupcakes. Had the same problem as some others, though, with the chocolate chips falling to the bottom. They stuck to the pan and made a horrible mess. Wonder what would happen if I melted the chips first?"

Christy0621 User ID: 2740998 88532
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"These were absolutely delicious! Everyone in the family agreed, and couldn't believe they're light. Very easy to make, too. Just a note: my batter made 12 average-sized cupcakes (not 14, as the recipe says)."

thethomsons User ID: 1317172 85966
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"they look delicous"

thethomsons User ID: 1317172 93725
Reviewed May. 11, 2009


richcroft User ID: 3593025 30164
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"I thought they were a bit dry and could have used more chocolate chips."

MrsHawks User ID: 3058820 72495
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"Try putting a scant tablespoon of flour into a plastic bag, add choc chips and SHAKE! Coating the chips with flour will keep them from falling to the bottom of the batter."

manne User ID: 3167384 117979
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"I made the cupcakes, and we enjoyed them. they were very delicious!

M from IA"

lastleaf4 User ID: 3053161 77787
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"Very easy recipe. It was great with the cupcakes cut in half horizonally

and then filled with Fat-Free Coolwhip and fresh strawberries. Very

hrider User ID: 2714420 35789
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"These cupcakes are delicious, easy to make, and guilt-free. The only problem I had was the chocolate chips sank to the bottom and stuck to the pan. Other than that, they were a hit with my family."

flomae User ID: 4021435 93724
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"These cupcakes are wonderful!!! The first evening while they were still warm I sprinkled some confectionery sugar on them - they do not need frosting. I cut them in half and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on them and a bit of chocolate syrup (like a brownie sundae). Heavenly!! Thank you for this recipe - I will make these many times in the future. Flora Haff-Cranmer, Bath, NY"

Tammy C. User ID: 1187401 46819
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"My whole family enjoys these cupcakes. Sometimes they are not too fussy for healtier sweets. But these got a thumbs up."

dmrn03 User ID: 1012988 30314
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"Made these yesterday and my husband and son loved them. My husband ALWAYS says he can tell when I make "healthier" meals and desserts. No complaints this time! Very good chocolate fix in my opinion."

harland User ID: 2510912 35788
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"These were delicious! I actually made them into mini-muffins and added a drizzle made from orange juice, powdered sugar, and orange extract."

jheaferj User ID: 1999348 78837
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2009

"These were really good. Must admit, made 12 cupcakes, not 14. Used a substitution for buttermilk (milk+cream of tartar). Will definitely make them again. Sort of like brownies. Yummy!!

jackie - illinois"

choc52 User ID: 434649 77786
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2009

"Laura, make a recipe folder and choose the print option on the left side of the page, copy and paste it into a Word document and you won't have to worry about it disappearing from the site before you use it!"

lauraleehope User ID: 3180624 88530
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008


lauraleehope User ID: 3180624 77785
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"any recipes that I try to print are blank before 1 month ago they were not. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM??????????????????????? LAURA LAWRENCE"

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