Really Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes


Here’s a recipe for perfect chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting!

Ok, so these cupcakes aren’t fancy, or ingenious or a new invention.

BUT they are yummy.

Isn’t that why we are all here?


They are simple and yummy and necessary.

Necessary because you should be able to whip up a delicious chocolate cupcake whenever you get the urge.

A cupcake that is rich, chocolatey, indulgent, delicious….and easy.


You should definitely have a good chocolate cake/frosting recipe in your life.

This is mine.

Really Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes.


Also…since I did my buttercream frosting post a while back I got some requests on how to pipe a swirl on a cupcake.

I am not an expert decorator, but I can pipe an adequate swirl.


Let’s begin.


Make your yummy fudgy frosting…

I use disposable piping bags.

Please keep your judgement on my disposable bag use to yourself.  I’m wasteful.  I get it.

I also use my Wilton 1M tip for a swirl most often.  You need this tip.  They’re cheap, so buy two.

Snip off the end of the disposable bag…about an inch.

Slide your tip into the end of the bag tightly…

Now fill your bag with the frosting.

I put my bag into a cup and fold over the edges to help me fill it easier…

Only fill it about 1/2 – 3/4 full.  Too much and it will ooze out the top.  Trust me, it’s happened to me.

Twist the top of the bag a little bit and squeeze the frosting into the tip.

Now, start with a your naked chocolate cupcake…

I most often do a “regular swirl” and an “inside-out swirl”.  Those are not the official names…it’s just what I call them.

Here’s how I do a “regular swirl”.

Start from the outside of the cupcake and work in a circle.

Here’s your finished swirl…

Now an “inside out swirl”…some people call it a rose swirl…tomato-toMAHto

Start from the inside out.

Here’s how it will look…

I love them both!

5.0 from 6 reviews
Easy Fudge Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder, sifted *you can use regular cocoa powder if you prefer
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a mixer combine all ingredients and over low speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1 minute until smooth.
  3. Let frosting cool for 15-20 minutes before you frost cake or cupcakes.
I prefer the dark cocoa powder, as it gives a deeper chocolate flavor, but you can certainly use regular or Dutch Processed cocoa powder.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1½ cups Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder (you can also use regular cocoa powder)
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners
  3. In your stand mixer sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder together. Add in the sugar and salt.
  4. With your mixer on low speed add eggs, one at a time and then the vanilla, water, vegetable oil and buttermilk.
  5. Mix on medium for 2 minutes until combined.
  6. Fill liners ⅔ full and bake for 20 minutes until set.
  7. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
Makes approx 36 cupcakes I prefer the Dark Chocolate cocoa powder, as it gives a deeper chocolate flavor, but you could certainly use regular or Dutch processed cocoa powder.

If you would like to make this into a cake use 2 round 9" baking pans or 3 round 8" pans

Adapted from Martha Stewart



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134 Comments on "Really Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes"


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January 30, 2012 10:22 am

Yep, these look really yummy!

Mary Beth P
Mary Beth P
January 30, 2012 10:29 am

YUM. There are no other words to describe….

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
January 30, 2012 10:50 am

Those do look “really yummy”… and now I want chocolate cake. Thanks.

January 30, 2012 10:52 am

Love the cup/piping bag trick! Why hasn’t that idea popped in my life earlier! Life will be so much easier 🙂 Thanks!

January 30, 2012 11:00 am

I adore my Wilton 1M tip. It does make very pretty cupcakes with relatively little effort. And these look like the perfect chocolate cupcakes.

January 30, 2012 11:02 am

It doesn’t matter how good something looks, its gotta taste good or there’s no point, you’re right! These sound delicious.

Emily ~SoDomesticated~
January 30, 2012 11:08 am

So pretty and they look delish!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
January 30, 2012 11:11 am

Oh my. I need these today. NEED!

bridget {bake at 350}
January 30, 2012 11:22 am

OK…who knew that rose swirl was so easy?!?

And, um…can I borrow this statement for my blog…
“Please keep your judgement on my disposable bag use to yourself. I’m wasteful. I get it.”
Haha! Love it!

January 30, 2012 11:27 am

Such lovely cupcakes! Simple deliciousness is HEAVEN! 🙂

Wonderful tutorial on frosting cupcakes…many thanks!

January 30, 2012 11:33 am

I love that recipe from Martha! Such good cupcakes!!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
January 30, 2012 11:33 am

oh yum, they look really rich!

January 30, 2012 11:37 am

These look absolutely delicious! I love the inside out swirl.

Tara Lynn
January 30, 2012 11:41 am

YUM! These look amazing. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is my absolute favorite. And I totally use the disposable plastic piping bags too. They’re just so convenient!

January 30, 2012 11:45 am

Oh yum!!!! A yummy and simple chocolate cupcake is best!!!!

Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes}
January 30, 2012 11:52 am

Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve always wondered 🙂

January 30, 2012 12:14 pm

Lol waste away! My Nanny had us washing ziplock bags for years! I’m scarred for life, lol! These are perfect!

Blog is the New Black
January 30, 2012 12:24 pm


Melissa D
Melissa D
January 30, 2012 12:52 pm

These sound so yummy!

January 30, 2012 12:55 pm

These look super yummy! I have a certain adorable almost 10yo that LOVES chocolate frosting and cake…. I might have to make these for him!

and commentluv must not like my blogger blog because it never links to my most recent post 🙁 Hrrmmpph! (no biggie, LOL)

Heather (Heather
January 30, 2012 1:12 pm

I want to nosedive into that chocolate frosting!

January 30, 2012 1:16 pm

I am so dumb, never thought to put that darn bag in a glass to fill! thanks for tip.

January 30, 2012 1:16 pm

I have those same cups!!

Those look so yummy! And you make frosting really easy!

January 30, 2012 1:47 pm

Chocolate makes the world a better place. So going to try that fudge frosting!

Cookbook Queen
January 30, 2012 1:49 pm

Everyone needs a recipe like this in their lives….that frosting looks crazy insane good!!!!

Glory/ Glorious Treats
January 30, 2012 1:50 pm

Yum! Pretty much nothing beats this classic combo!

January 30, 2012 1:57 pm

They may not be fancy but all that matters is that they are delicious. They look absolutely incredible. Great job on the decoration.

January 30, 2012 2:32 pm

This post was right on time. I can’t wait to make these.

Choc Chip Uru
January 30, 2012 2:40 pm

These look amazing and certainly very chocolatey – just the way I like them 😀

Choc Chip Uru

Christina @ Ovenadventures
January 30, 2012 3:05 pm

there is never anything boring about a little chocolate on chocolate action, especially pretty chocolate on chocolate action!

January 30, 2012 3:35 pm

Putting the frosting bag in a cup = genius! Thanks for the super-smart tip!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
January 30, 2012 4:22 pm

I really love that first photo! And the title. I don’t know what it is about it. I guess it just makes me happy when other people use the word yummy.

Your swirling looks perfect! I’m keeping this for reference for when I make cupcakes next. Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
January 30, 2012 4:38 pm

the cupcakes look amazing and about a year ago I did a food styling and food photography class with Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites and his partner Adam and our job was to create swirls in frosting/whipped cream WITHOUT cake decorating tips, just a spoon. It was such a fun day.

Thanks for this step-by-step post!

January 30, 2012 4:38 pm

Man. Those look seriously YUM!

Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny)
January 30, 2012 4:44 pm

I am always so happy to pin your creations but this will be my all-time favorite. Chocolate-chocolate cupcakes. Just the way I like them.

January 30, 2012 5:01 pm

Sometimes all you need is a classic chocolate cake recipe. Topping it with a fudgy frosting? Oh, yes, please!!!

But I would prob microwave this before I ate it. Warm and gooey-melty.

January 30, 2012 7:11 pm

I love the conversational tone you write with. It’s so enjoyable to read and easy to follow along. Thanks!

January 30, 2012 7:39 pm

Classic chocolate cupcakes…yes please

January 30, 2012 9:42 pm

But…if the frosting oozes out of the top then I get to eat it. Right? That seems like a plus to me. Major plus.

I use disposable bags also. It’s the only way to go.

Major chocolate cravings going on right now. It’s about to be TTOTM and you are NOT helping.

Mighty Morgan
January 30, 2012 10:05 pm

Wow…those look chocolatey….Um YUM!!!
I love how dark your chocolate fudge frosting came out, it looks awesome!!! I guess that’s from the dark cocoa powder 🙂

Excellent “swirls” btw…they look wonderful!!

January 30, 2012 10:06 pm

Looks so yummy:) Oh, and I use disposable bags too. The other take too much time to clean;)

January 31, 2012 2:18 am

I think the only decorating I know how to do is the swirl! I’m all for a great chocolate cupcake, and these look perfect!

January 31, 2012 8:39 am

so dark and fantastic!!

Jessica Love
Jessica Love
January 31, 2012 12:12 pm

I love cupcakes, & I love them even more when they are filled with chocolate.
These cakes look delicious.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


Kiran @
January 31, 2012 12:45 pm

That looks tooo yummy!!! I want 🙂

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
January 31, 2012 4:26 pm

I REALLY love the “inside out swirl”!! 🙂

February 1, 2012 12:56 pm

I think I like the rose swirl from the top view & the regular swirl from the side view.
And I like all your posts & photos from all the views 🙂
Cheesy? I know 😛 Recently started following you & love your blog!

February 1, 2012 9:27 pm

I made these today and let me tell you they were amazing! My entire house is wired from all the chocolate frosting! Love them!

February 2, 2012 9:00 am

Man, that frosting looks GOOD!!!!

February 2, 2012 6:07 pm

I’m just drooling just looking at that beautiful cupcake.