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Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without frosting and decorations): 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.

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bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252472
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Super easy to make and and can't do without my chocolate fix every day."

amberdog User ID: 5988411 37794
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."

CarrieLPorter User ID: 5392017 27303
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

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

fienel User ID: 7071470 37748
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"love the chocolate so yummy tummy tubs want more"

MariShu User ID: 6922117 37413
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."

happymammaofthree User ID: 6560660 90106
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

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

oxnicoleox3 User ID: 6510573 27301
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"From the picture, I expected this to be a rich chocolate taste. I was a little disappointed because it tastes more like something I could get from a box."

jkozosky User ID: 2250428 26360
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"Kinda disappointing to see a picture of a frosted cupcake but not get the frosting recipe."

cocoa3c User ID: 2588909 71839
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"This is the best chocolate cake recipe I've ever made. The cup cakes came out perfectly. They were moist and delicious! I will use this recipe for all my cakes and cupcakes. Thanks!"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 83646
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"took these to potluck.saw several in trash

very moist,but the taste was not real good"

cattayhi User ID: 5758401 90092
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"Loved the nice chocolate flavor of this recipe. Next time will make it and fill with Nutella for the extra chocolate flavor. I used a vanilla buttercream - Yummy!"

wombatt User ID: 4256084 37730
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010


janoeynelson User ID: 4457586 37412
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"Fabulous! Moist and yummy. I added some dark chocolate cocoa and chocolate taste was very good."

janoeynelson User ID: 4457586 203429
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"Fabulous! Moist and yummy. I added some dark chocolate cocoa and chocolate taste was very good."

bziol User ID: 698746 90090
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"chocolate curls are made by using a vegetable peeler to thick "peel" on a bar of good chocolate. From the picture the frosting looks like a standard chocolate buttercream"

beckysunny User ID: 1110927 26357
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"Nice cupcake but no directions for yummy looking frosting nor help on making chocolate curls which made the cupcake look so lovely!"

janiemae2002 User ID: 2741636 90007
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"Sounds good, but what kind of icing, and how do you make the chocolate curls?"

necerae User ID: 4218137 65393
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"the recipe is fine, but since the descriptions spoke of the chocolate curles being a showy way to display the cupcake, I expected to be told how to do the curls. When I have tried it in the past, I get chocolate sprinkles instead of curls, how do you get them to look like these?"

Linda Comstock User ID: 1328952 75944
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"This is the first time I've made chocolate cupcakes from scratch, so I'm not sure how these compare to other recipes, but I thought they were really good. Soft, fairly moist, lots of flavor. The batter did seem a bit thick, so I added an extra tablespoon of water. I also added a few chocolate chips to each cupcake. Will definitely make these again."

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