Double Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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Double Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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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
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Double Chocolate Cupcakes in Light & Tasty April/May 2001, p56

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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:)"

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