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Texas Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Texas Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

My husband remembers his mother making "little black cupcakes with caramel icing." I never thought about putting caramel icing on chocolate cupcakes, but boy, was I wrong. His mother passed down this recipe to me. It's to die for! —Cathy Bodkins, Dayton, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the cocoa, water, oil and butter to a boil. Gradually add to dry ingredients and mix well. Combine the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla; gradually add to batter and mix well (batter will be very thin).
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 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.
  • 3. For icing, in a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium. Do not stir. Cook for 3-6 minutes or until bubbles form in center of mixture and syrup turns amber. Remove from the heat; transfer to a small bowl. Cool to room temperature. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 335 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Texas Chocolate Cupcakes

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maynardsfuzzypeach User ID: 8908742 252845
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"They were delicious! When you make the caramel icing on the stove, make sure that you don't put the temperature too high, then your caramel will burn. You can't pipe this recipe, well I wanted too but it was to thin to pipe. I wanted to dye it blue, but I realized it was caramel icing. It tastes great! You should really try them!"

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252471
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"I just made these for my husband who loves Caramel anything - cupcakes were moist but the frosting was the best - and for sure use paper liners -"

melen001 User ID: 8264814 223956
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"What can I say but WOW.... this is in my top 5 cup-cake recipes. It has an excellent taste and the consistency is perfect. When I made the first batch the chocolate was maybe just not as strong as desired but it was still excellent. For the other batches I added an extra 1/8 cup of cocoa and these were a tad stronger and everyone likes these better. I did not use the mentioned frosting and the cup-cakes were sprinkled with chopped walnuts before baking and they turned out fantastic ..... this is an EXCELLENT recipe and it is highly recommended... enjoy ..."

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 218268
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Personally, my family liked that these didn't have a strong chocolate taste. They were very moist and the frosting was very good. I made it into a birthday cake instead of cupcakes."

trcmadera User ID: 1761590 152155
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"Cupcakes did not have a strong chocolate taste. to greasy and the frosty was good but to sweet."

rduckworth User ID: 2502241 164568
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I found this recipe yesterday and made it for dessert. I found the cupcake very good but the frosting was the best I've ever made. I will make again but maybe try using the recipe as a cake."

kerrizims User ID: 2706618 170009
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"These taste good but you definitely need to use paper liners in the muffin cups because the cakes stick really badly"

GrandTina User ID: 967414 104149
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"I could not believe the puddle of oil/butter that was in the bottom of each muffin cup after baking and removing from tin. I didn't think at the time , how much I was putting in. Will not make this recipe again. It tells me I must add a rating . I'll add 1 for the frosting."

Southernmama User ID: 81270 164567
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"Oh. My. Gooooodness! The aroma out of the oven from these chocolate cupcakes will make you crazy and then you pile on the caramel frosting. Have mercy!!"

rivergulch User ID: 6817712 166827
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"very tasty easy to make"

MEMOMCH User ID: 3403535 152133
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"My mother made this, soooooo this just might be "Florida Chocolate Cupcakes" or maybe just Awsome Chocolate Cupcakes!!!!"

randt User ID: 2569574 150594
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"Has anyone made this as a cake in a size other than sheet cake?"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 125752
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"I made these with high hopes that they'd be outstanding and they are pretty good, but like some others mentioned, the chocolate flavor wasn't strong enough. Also, I found them to be too oily. The frosting was quite someone else did, I cooked the mixture too long, and also had a few tiny bits of hard dark sugar because there was a spot on the bottom of the pan where it had begun to over-carmelize. When it had cooled it was too stiff after adding the powdered sugar, but I added just a little more milk and beat it came out just fine. All in all, they were tasty."

Ruby0616 User ID: 7197095 77434
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"This was an fabulous recipe! The first time I made it, I thought that the cupcake did not have enough chocolate flavor, so the second time around, I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa to get more chocolate flavor and they were perfect. The frosting is different than the usual, everyone who I have made them for loved them."

JennTats User ID: 7007311 152132
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"The cake part is good but my frosting came out with little burnt bits of sugar which gave it a textured taste like little crushed pieces of toffee were in it. Maybe I cooked it to long.. So I will try making this again because taste wise this is a good taste but I think I will cut back on the brown sugar to 1/2 cup next time and see how that tastes the frosting as is.. To sweet for my palate. Thanks for sharing this new creation with me."

lgrl8 User ID: 6067409 150381
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"The cake is moist and the frosting delicious! I brought them to work and they were gone fast!"

nancye49 User ID: 4289123 166825
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Just great"

nancye49 User ID: 4289123 125746
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"These are to die for. I like dark chocolate so I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa. My youngest grandson had 2 before they were even iced. Great with a large glass of cold milk. Will make many more times."

Spiffy64 User ID: 5125460 96919
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"These were yummy. I really liked the frosting, it was what made the cupcake unique and yummy. I didn't think the cake itself was amazing but the combination was yummy!"

bonnieleav User ID: 5968114 170008
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"i love the cake but am intested into taking cupcakes for turkey day knowing kids love this cake especially over pumpkin pie. also at xmas. this cake is excellent so i know everyone already loves it. definitely a keeper."

bonnieleav User ID: 5968114 104115
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"excellent - usually make the cake but the cupcakes i'll take turkey day and lots of kids will go for them over pumpkin pie."

hhthurgood User ID: 3783599 95678
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Love the moist and dense cake! The frosting is delicious!"

jackyp User ID: 6532723 152127
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Best cupcake ever! thank you so much, everytime I make them all my friends fall in love with me."

BlessedSu User ID: 6491204 150592
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"We thought it was ok, but wouldn't want it again. I would rate the frosting 4 stars, mostly because it's a different flavor than what you're use to getting, so that makes it unique. As for the cake, it's moist alright, has an oily taste to it. Not something I would want again."

jennischaaf User ID: 1900350 77431
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Served to guests and got the response "These are the best cupcakes ever!" I absolutely agree."

1275 User ID: 6324211 164563
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"These cupcakes were great! The caramel icing tastes SO good! I am 13 years old and I am unexperienced in making caramel icing. It was a bit tricky, I put my caramel mixture in the fridge so it would cool faster. I'm guessing I shouldn't have done that....... Anyways, if your icing turns out strangely, use an electric mixture to beat the caramel mixture and sugar together and add enough milk to make spreading consistency. You can also try reheating the mixture in the microwave. Great cupcakes! The cake part was delicious!"

cherie.godbey User ID: 5806117 152077
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Oh, my....the chocolate cake was good, not amazing...until you add the frosting! The frosting is amazing and it balances very well with the not too sweet cake. It was fantastic!! I will definitely make again, my daughter LOVED them!"

deerpiks User ID: 82950 95447
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"I have made these cupcakes several times for potlucks, and they are always a hit. The cake is light, and the caramel frosting is one of the best I have ever tasted."

lsal86 User ID: 5361202 164741
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"The frosting was delicious!"

macaillebrynn User ID: 5246471 165319
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"I halved the recipe last night to make 12 cupcakes. I didn't think I'd have nearly enough batter - it was very thin! - but it was the perfect amount. Also, I didn't have buttermilk, only skim, so I used the same measurement and added 1/3Tbsp lemon juice to the milk, let it sit for 10 minutes at room temp, then added it when appropriate based on the recipe. My frosting, though really really good, was a bit "drier" looking than the photo. Overall though, very good!"

jaceyd User ID: 3228833 67988
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"These are so moist and delicious. I make them all the time; always a hit wherever I take them."

darlingdori User ID: 5432223 164562
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"The cake is not a strong chocolate flavor, but is moist. I don't think it is as outstanding as some of these other reviews. It's average, at best."

SueP_Oregon User ID: 64161 150380
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"These are fantastic!!!with the frosting. I also used the frosting I have used with the texas sheet cake. Will definitely make them again and am sending this recipe to all my friends."

emily.gorton User ID: 4744954 150591
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"I love the cupcake and the frosting is sooo DELICIOUS... I wold definately make theses again. Andi reccomen making them to try"

shankoene User ID: 1733238 152007
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"We have made these a couple of times. The cupcake is just OK by itself, but the frosting sends it right over the top. My Canadian husband says the icing reminds him of maple fudge."

kimbo268 User ID: 3628522 165317
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"My family and I loved these cupcakes....the cake was VERY moist and the icing was awesome. I will certainly be making this recipe again."

CharDau User ID: 3099973 150374
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"I haven't tried the cupcake recipe but it is similar to the Texas Sheet Cake recipe and that is one of my favorites. I use this frosting recipe on my Blackberry Jam Cake and it is a winner. This cake and frosting recipe was given to me by my Aunt Rosie and I cherish them."

jThndr2 User ID: 4054186 150587
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2009

"Re: Texas Chocolate Cupcakes I made these just because they sounded good. When I bake I mostly get it was good but. This time I got a you will be making these again from my wife.They are very good but I was most impressed with the frosting. I will use this in more places than just here."

711baba User ID: 1018886 166822
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"I made this recipe in my Bundt Pan and I didn't

have Buttermilk so I used Sour Cream. The cake
was delicious. Now it is one of my favorite recipes.
The cake is very moist."

KathyMAngeley User ID: 3001716 104111
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"Made these for Father's Day. They were very tasty. My grandson helped make these, and maybe he stirred a bit too much, they didn't raise as much as I thought they would. Next time will divide the batter into 22 cupcakes. Even though a bit smaller, everyone loved them!"

jatacaha User ID: 3758072 104109
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"I made these for Father's Day & they were a huge hit!!"

maggie007 User ID: 3943362 104093
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"I myself dropped the oil by half a cup and added another cup of buttermilk and they were great."

love to bake User ID: 1823153 104092
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2009

"I made the cupcakes last week and took them to church. Everyone seemed to think they were really good and moist. They were moist but I didn't think the chocolate was as strong a flavor as what I had hoped for. The cake seemed to pull away from the sides of the paper liners quickly; therefore not looking as appealing."

mom23kids User ID: 3946374 77422
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2009

"Wonderful Cupcakes, even better with the frosting... any ideas of lightening up the recipe, wondering if cutting the oil in half and doubling the buttermilk would work... a little oily for our tastes."

bcyclone User ID: 3333565 208879
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2009

"I thought the cupcakes were just OK but the brown sugar frosting was delicious. i made a second batch of frosting to freeze into little "fudge bites"."

dphelan User ID: 3507726 164560
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009

"This recipe is very good if you add about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. Good stuff"

mcriley1 User ID: 3609178 95446
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

" The recipe I have for Texas chocolate cake is very similiar to the cupcake recipe and I bake it in a 16x10x1in cookie sheet or jelly roll pan, at 350 it takes 12-15min.   "

prausealeene User ID: 3391041 164559
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"This Chocolate Cake recipe is a FAVORITE of my aunt's that was passed down as a "Secret Recipe". I have made it and won Judge's Choice and many 1st place ribbons for it. It is great in a bundt pan, freezes well, and is very moist. Remains moist for days. Now I will have to try this icing."

FREDAGABLE User ID: 4105664 165314
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"execellent!!!! I have made this recipe for this frosting many times and it is to die for. My mother made it when we were kids in the 50's ...hasn't lost its tempting flavors.

i do add just a little vanilla to the frosting.
loved it as a KID...and still do..freda"

bikenviken User ID: 1444178 170004
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"I haven't made these but most cake and cupcake recipes can be used interchangeably... so I am sure this one can be too. For a 9x13 pan you generally bake it for 35-40 min. and for 8 or 9 inch round pans 30-35 min. Hope that helps!"

Allspice_Mo User ID: 760690 164739
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2008

"These sound wonderful and I am also wondering if it could be baked in sheet cake or round baking pans and if so do you know how long to bake for each. Thanks"

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