Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes

 There are many, many different recipes for chocolate cupcakes out there and, as much as I like to be creative and try as many of them as I can, I also like to have an easy, reliable recipe to fall back on when I need cupcakes in a hurry.  This is my “old reliable” chocolate cupcake recipe.

The cupcakes have a deep chocolate flavor and take only a few minutes to throw together. In a pinch, the batter could even be mixed up in one bowl. The batter uses liquid fat instead of solid butter, so there is no need for creaming and you don’t even have to use an electric mixer. I often use oil in the recipe for simplicity’s sake, but it works perfectly well with melted butter, too. Sometimes, I will throw in a few handfuls of mini chocolate chips if I want to make the cupcakes just a touch more chocolaty. The batter is fairly thin and full sized chocolate chips will sink to the bottoms of the muffin cups; mini chips help to alleviate this problem.

This recipe, unlike so many others posted here, will make 2 dozen cupcakes in one go. This makes it an excellent choice for parties and other occasions where you might need to serve a big crowd.

These chocolate cupcakes were made to complement a batch of vanilla cupcakes, but rather than just set them out on a plate, I decided to do something special with them. The suspense will only last a bit longer, I promise…

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Place liners in 2-12 cup muffin tins.
In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until thoroughly mixed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, water, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Whisk into flour mixture until all of the ingredients are mixed in and no streaks of flour remain. Add in optional mini chocolate chips, if using.
Fill muffin cups evenly with the prepared batter.
Bake at 350F for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, or with only a few crumbs.
Remove cupcakes from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.


  1. If you look at the fuzzy background you can see rows of red and white along with a blob of blue. I wonder what that could mean…

  2. those are so cute! I love using buttermilk in cupcakes – IMHO, it makes them super moist and light. :) Love the color scheme… ;)

  3. I just made this and they’re delicious! I didn’t have any buttermilk, so I added the juice of a key lime to the milk and waited 3 minutes before using it.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. i just made these…the centers were kind of sinking in, do you know what causes that? thanks!

    love ur website btw :)

  5. sorry, i neeed to ask, what exactly is buttermilk?

  6. nice site love tht pic of the cupcka:)

  7. may i ask how big your cup is?

  8. I made these and had multiple people tell me that they were the best cupcakes they have ever had! I made them twice– once with cream cheese frosting, and once with Bailey’s buttercream.

  9. I made these this afternoon … in fact, they are still cooling in preparation to be frosted and I’ve already eaten 2! I was worried at first because the batter is so thin, but they are so moist and delicious!!! Oh, I didn’t have buttermilk so I just used regular milk. No big deal, great!!! Thanks for the recipe. :-)

  10. Sumptuously yummy. I love chocolates – the more if it’s prepared toxic-free and place in fabulous food hampers.

  11. I tried making some for my birthday with another recipe and it went a bit wrong, they ended up like rock cakes! Thanks for the above, just looking at it I can see I left something out before!

  12. you can make buttermilk easily if you havent bought any. just mix in a table spoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in 1 cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes. there you go, substitute for buttermilk!

  13. Just made these cupcakes, very yummy!! I added a pack of instant chocolate pudding mix to the recipe and reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup for extra moistness. mmm..mmm.. good!!

  14. OMG. best cupcake recipe.
    sooo moist & delicious!
    thanks for the recipe [:

  15. I am just about to make some cupcakes with my little sister Grayson, and we were wondering, since we don’t have buttermilk (my mom isn’t a big cook, so we never have it around the house except for needed occasions) is there anything else we could possible use? Thank-you for your time!

    Katie and Grayson(:

  16. Never mind, I just saw the buttermilk comment made by Alex! Thank-you Alex.

  17. I made these cupcakes and they were so quick and simple! thanks for this great recipe.


  18. I just whipped up a batch of these and they are gorgeous with a lovely texture. A new keeper recipe for me! For what it’s worth they took 19 minutes in my calibrated oven (I have an internal thermometer) and the recipe yielded 20 cupcakes (which was fine since I only needed 18). I was just hoping for more leftovers!

  19. Great recipe! I normally struggle with baked goods and these turned out perfectly. Very easy and delicious. I agree with the last post…took about 20 minutes to bake in my oven as well.

  20. does the cupcake taste kinda sweet or bitter?please do reply, thnx :)

  21. Thanks heaps for this recipe, it was quick and easy and perfect for cake pops, I posted it here (http://mel-allwrappedup.blogspot.com/2011/09/ferrero-rocher-cake-pops-recipe.html). Baked as a cake the recipe was a bit sunken but turned out perfect as cupcakes. The sunken cake was very moist and probably just needed a stir before baking which I forgot.

  22. HI , may I know this is for how many serving ?

  23. I made these today as minis with a 1-Tbs scoop and it made 72 perfect mini cupcakes! They baked for 11 minutes at 350.. Yummy recipe – thanks!

  24. I made these cupcakes today – I’m from england and so I used plain flour.

    I didn’t have buttermilk so mixed half crème fraîche with half milk.

    They came out AMAZING. They are the most moist cupcake I have ever made – honestly. They are SO chocolatey and it was very easy to make this recipe.

    Thank you for sharing!

  25. maybe i will convince my mom into mking these….they sound delicous and they have great reviews

  26. These are honestly the BEST cupcakes I have ever made – no exageration. Again I’m from england and buttermilk is not something I usually buy so I made a mixture of crème fraîche, yogurt and milk to make a similar consistency/ taste. I frosted them with a cream cheese frosting, but I actually prefered them without the frosting – they are that good. Would definitely recommend these and am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  27. These are wonderful cupcakes. I have made them several times to rave reviews! I also recommended these on my blog to my readers — http://mamaknowszest.wordpress.com/



  28. Why did my cupcakes come out dented?

  29. Can this recipe be converted into one whole cake

  30. Buttermilk is soured milk well known in the US but not to be found in the UK. ‘Karnemelk’ in NL. Mixing 50:50 yoghurt and water/milk would also give you something similar I reckon

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