Classic Chocolate Cupcakes




Yield 1 dozen cupcakes

Sometimes there's nothing better than a classic chocolate cupcake! This recipe will give you a soft and fluffy chocolate cupcake base and a delightfully creamy chocolate buttercream frosting. A must make for chocolate lovers!



  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preeat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 12 mold cupcake tin with paper liners; lightly grease cupcake liners with non-stick spray; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt; mix well to combine; set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat until well combined. Pour liquid mixture into the dry mixture and gently stir until just combined. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin); mix until combined.
  5. Fill each prepared muffin tin 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops are puffed up and a cake-tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a cooling wrack to cool completely. Once cool, frost with chocolate buttercream and decorate as desired.
  6. For the Classic Chocolate Buttercream:
  7. In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or in the body of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy; about 2 minutes. On low speed, stir in cocoa powder. Alternately add powdered sugar and heavy cream, beating until smooth, and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add in vanilla and salt. Once smooth, beat on medium-high speed for two minutes.


Be sure your butter is very soft before making your buttercream. Hot coffee may be used in place of the water if you'd like a slightly mocha taste to your cupcakes.

Courses Dessert

Cuisine Cupcakes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake (or two...)

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by Baker by Nature at