Classic Chocolate Cupcakes


These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles! 

These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles! These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles! It’s day 6 of the New Year, and I’ve already caved. You knew it had to happen. I’ll be honest with you, I’m amazed I lasted this long.

And, it’s all about moderation, right? For instance, if I eat Greek yogurt pancakes or Lemon Berry Baked Oatmeal, then chocolate is an acceptable weekend treat. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s a written rule or something.

Guys, I’m so on top of things–I had two salads the other day. TWO. I deserve all the chocolate for that decision.

And, how pretty are these chocolate cupcakes with those sprinkles?! Don’t they make you smile? It’s a party in every bite. Cheers to the happiest first weekend of 2017!

These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles! These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles! Typically, when it comes to cupcakes, I’m all about the fun flavors. Whenever I stop by a cupcake shop, I can’t help but gravitate towards the crazy, over-the-top flavors. But, sometimes, you can’t help but crave something classic. For me, there isn’t anything more classic than a chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla frosting.

These classic chocolate cupcakes start with a basic recipe. These cupcakes use simple ingredients that create a rich chocolate flavor while also yielding a tender texture. I’m extremely partial to using both brewed coffee and buttermilk in chocolate cupcakes. Coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate, which enhances the flavor of these cupcakes. Buttermilk really adds a nice texture to the cake, and the tangy flavor adds a depth and richness to the chocolate cupcakes.

Homemade vanilla buttercream is very simple to make as well! This recipe uses only five ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream, and salt. It’s sweet, creamy, and tastes an awful lot like vanilla ice cream! 😉

These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles! If this is a representation of what all weekends are going to look like in 2017, I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be a good, good year. ❤️

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 12 Chocolate Cupcakes

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

These rich, homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet, homemade vanilla frosting and brightly colored sprinkles!

Ingredients

    Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee, brewed (cooled to room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • Vanilla Buttercream
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream, half-and-half, or whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt to offset sweetness
  • Topping
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

    Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and oil until fluffy, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add in granulated sugar and brown sugar, and beat until well combined.
  3. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, mix coffee, buttermilk, and vanilla extract together.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture and the wet ingredients to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  7. Lastly, add in the sour cream, and mix until combined.
  8. Disperse the batter evenly in the cupcake tin.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a cupcake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  10. Vanilla Buttercream
  11. For the frosting, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar, a cup at a time starting with 3 cups. Add in 3 Tbsp of heavy cream, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat until light and fluffy, about a minute.
  12. If the frosting is too thin, add in the other 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add in more heavy cream.
  13. Once the cupcakes have cooled, pipe on the frosting. Add sprinkles, if desired.
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