Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

12 Cupcakes
47 min

These chocolate cupcakes with a silky chocolate frosting are incredibly hard to resist! I mean just look at them😍 This might sound like a basic cupcake recipe, but the end result is incredibly hard to resist. It's a fluffy, decadent cupcake with a smooth and creamy buttercream frosting that will make you come back for seconds (or thirds!). If you're like me, you know nothing beats the taste of rich, flavorful chocolate and this is exactly that! This recipe is super easy to make and will create 12 wonderful, moist cupcakes ready to be devoured. It's easy to make and will be ready in less than an hour! No more waiting for a delicious chocolate dessert. Let's dig in!

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Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting
Recipe details
  • 12  Cupcakes
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 22 Minutes Total time: 47 min
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Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12 cup cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Add in the sugar, sugar, and salt. Whisk until combined.
In a separate bowl, mix the oil, vanilla, eggs, and buttermilk. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Scrape the bowl.
Pour the hot water into the batter a little at a time. Whisk until combined and add in the instant coffee.
Use a cookie scoop to fill the cupcake liners until they are 3 quarter full. Bake them for about 18-22 minutes. Take the cupcakes out when a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes sit in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting.
Chocolate Frosting
Using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, beat softened butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy. This should take 2—3 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Continue to beat the frosting for 2 minutes until fluffy.
Add in more cocoa powder if the frosting is too thin or add in additional heavy cream if the frosting is too thick. You can also play with the taste by adding more sugar or salt.
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  • Deanna Deanna on Jun 23, 2021

    Looks delish! I'm gonna make this next time I make cupcakes 🧁 😋! Thank you

  • Marlys Davis Marlys Davis on Jun 23, 2021

    Is the instant coffee called for liquid (i.e. prepared instant coffee) or the powder/crystals straight from the jar?

    • Sarah’s Kitchen Sarah’s Kitchen on Jun 23, 2021

      Hi! Yes, the recipe specifies for the actual granules in the jar. Make sure it is instant coffee powder and not ground coffee!