Chocolate Cupcakes

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Dark chocolate cupcakes with a classic chocolate buttercream frosting.

recipe updated Apr 7, 2020


  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    210g (about 1½ cups)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    400g (about 2 cups)
  • Cocoa powder icon
    Cocoa powder
    200g (about 2¼ cups)
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
    1¾ tsp
  • Salt icon
    ½ tsp
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    120g (about ½ cup)
  • Egg icon
    2 (100g)
  • Buttermilk icon
    250ml (1 cup)
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    2⅛ tsp
  • Hot coffee icon
    Hot coffee
    200g (about ¾ cup)
  • Powdered sugar icon
    Powdered sugar
    300g (about 2½ cups)
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    100g (about ½ cup)
  • Milk icon
    32ml (2⅛ tbsp)
  • Chocolate 50% icon
    Chocolate 50%
    100g (about ½ cup)
  • Dark chocolate icon
    Dark chocolate
    as needed


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  • kCook icon Muffin pan - 12-hole
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Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 170°C
  2. Line 2 clean muffin pans
  3. Add all purpose flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to a clean medium bowl
  4. Whisk together
  5. Add unsalted butter to a clean small glass bowl
  6. Melt in microwave and set aside
  7. Add egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract to a clean large mixing bowl
  8. Mix briefly
  9. Transfer content of small glass bowl to batter
  10. Mix until well combined
  11. Transfer dry ingredients to batter gradually while mixing
  12. Add hot coffee to a clean small bowl
  13. Transfer liquid to batter and mix
  14. Transfer batter to 2 muffin pans
  15. Bake until springy to touch and skewer tests clean - 24 min, 170°C, middle rack
  16. Let cool on round wire rack until completely cool
  17. Add powdered sugar, unsalted butter and cocoa powder to a clean large mixing bowl
  18. Cream together
  19. Add milk to the frosting bit by bit and mix
  20. Add chocolate 50% to a clean medium glass bowl
  21. Melt in double boiler
  22. Add chocolate mixture to frosting gradually and continue mixing
  23. Beat until fluffy - 5 min
  24. Frost cupcakes
  25. Decorate with dark chocolate
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