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!

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Easy Fudge Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 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

Instructions:

  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.

Notes:

I prefer the dark cocoa powder, as it gives a deeper chocolate flavor, but you can certainly use regular or Dutch Processed cocoa powder.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  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 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes until set.
  7. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.

Notes:

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, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted int he center comes out clean.

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Helpful tip… Out of buttermilk?

Buttermilk Substitution

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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139 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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)

  5. 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!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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