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!


Easy Fudge Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 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


  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.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 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


  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.


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


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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January 18, 2019 4:06 pm

I absolutely love this chocolate frosting! I’d love to feature it in a Favorite Recipe Roundup that I’m doing for my own blog, Bakes and Blunders ( Please let me know if that’s okay by Jan 21 so that I have enough time to finish the post. Thanks!

September 24, 2018 8:29 am

Hi love your cupcakes and fudge frosting
I will be trying it soon .my only concern is that i dont like the taste of soda so can i replace it totally or partially with baking powder

September 28, 2018 1:52 am
Reply to  Fatma

I am replying on my own post ,well i increased bp to 3 tsp and reduced baking soda to 2 tsp rest followed the same recipe and guess what i have to admit that it is the best chocolate cake recipe that i have tried till now .
Frosting is super easy and delicious
Thanks for such a nice recipe

March 5, 2018 8:58 am

How long would you recommend baking if I were minis? Thanks!

Tara oakes
December 31, 2017 12:06 pm

I made these cupcakes they are delicious, can I freeze any left over batter ??

December 7, 2017 8:56 am

How many cups of frosting does the recipe make?

November 20, 2017 12:06 pm

Hey thanks for sharing this… can i tell you how much i love this? My wife and i tried this and it was the most delicious thing we’ve ever ate

October 19, 2017 3:32 pm

Wondering if this would work w/ white chocolate? Anyone tried before?

August 5, 2017 8:45 pm

I made this, and the cake and frosting are delicious! Two things: the cake is very tender and did not rise very much. I might increase the BP or flour or decrease the liquid a bit. It made 30 cupcakes with an additional pyrex bowl of cake. The cups that were filled a little too much flowed over the edge. I live in Minnesota so it isn’t an altitude issue. The frosting is great but very firm when refrigerated. I would prefer it a little softer-maybe more butter? Maybe have it a room temp for eating. Anyway, it makes a… Read more »

June 18, 2017 5:10 pm

8 cups of confectioners sugar? Is that correct?

December 22, 2016 3:51 am

Mm, all of this looks so delicious! I love to get creative with pumpkin recipes; the flavor is perfect for fall! Thanks so much for sharing so many neat recipes!

December 19, 2016 10:35 am

Your readers will appreciate the Dutch powder tip. Most chocolate lover would desire a richer flavor.

December 19, 2016 10:34 am

Your readers will appreciate the tip about the Dutch powder. Most chocolate lovers will appreciate a richer flavor.

November 17, 2016 6:10 am

8 cups of powdered sugar? Seems Ike too much. Is that correct?

May 24, 2016 8:51 pm

For the it regular butter? Salted? Unsalted?

June 25, 2016 11:20 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Ive made this twice. First batch was very good! Second time im not sure what i did different but the frosting was not stiff! ?It wouldnt pipe and ran off the cupcake. i even added more sugar and that didnt help.

February 19, 2016 8:48 pm

How can I store the icing and how long will it last

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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