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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES with buttercream frosting

These chocolate cupcakes are moist ,fudgy ,fluffy and super easy to make.Topped with the buttercream frosting these are perfect for any occasion.

chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cupcakes


  • 1 cup All purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup+2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Butter milk (see notes)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Boiling water
  • 1 tsp Instant espresso powder

For chocolate buttercream frosting

  • 1 cup Unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 3 tbsp Heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch Salt


  • Preheat oven to 180 deg .Line the cupcake tray with paper cases.
    In a large bowl combine together all purpose flour,cocoa powder,baking powder,baking soda,salt,brown sugar and granulated sugar.Mix well using a fork or a whisk until well combined.
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  • Now add oil,butter milk,egg,vanilla extract and mix gently ,just until combined.
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  • Next add the instant espresso powder into the boiling water and mix well until dissolved.Add this to the batter and mix gently until combined.(Do not over mix).The batter will be very thin.
  • Spoon the batter into the paper cases .Fill about 2/3 rd full.Bake for about 18 to 20 minuites or until a skewer inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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  • To prepare the chocolate buttercream frosting ,cream the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy using a whisk or a hand blender.
    chocolate buttercream frosting preparation
  • Add the cocoa powder and whisk well until combined.Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the heavy cream ,vanilla extract and salt and mix well until combined.
    Transfer the froasting to a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
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  • Recipe source :Live well bake often.You can find the original recipe here.
  • For eggless chocolate cupcakes ,click here
  • To make a substitute for buttermilk ,combine 1/2 cup milk and 1.5 tsp vinegar.Then stir together and let sit for 5 minutes.
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