Stupid-Easy Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream (#1 Top-Rated)


Perfect moist chocolate cupcakes topped with not-to-sweet chocolate buttercream. These are sure to be a hit at the bake sale!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream.

1. Info for Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

  • Cook Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
  • Total Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
  • Servings: 24
  • Calories: 316.34 kcal

2. Ingredients for Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup coffee
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (for cake)
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (for cake)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (scant, for cake)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder (for frosting)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (for frosting)
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream (plus more as needed)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (for frosting)

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3.2 Prep

Line two 12-cup cupcake pans with paper liners. Set aside.

Place the granulated sugar, canola oil, eggs, coffee, buttermilk, sour cream, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth and combined.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl. Whisk until the ingredients come together in a smooth batter.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling each about two-thirds full.

3.3 Oven

Bake the cupcakes on middle rack of oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-21 minutes.

3.4 Check

Check to see that cupcakes are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.5 Prep

Allow the cupcakes to cool completely to room temperature before frosting.

While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

Add half the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the bowl with the butter, beating on low speed until mostly incorporated. Add the remaining powdered sugar and cocoa, the vanilla extract, heavy cream, and salt to the bowl. Continue beating on medium-high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add more heavy cream as needed to reach the desired consistency.

3.6 Serve

Pipe or spread frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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