Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

by Jamie on July 22, 2008

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I have made quite a few cupcakes in my day, but in recent months I have been doing them by scratch. I find making homemade desserts to be a rather rewarding process from start to finish. These little beauties happen to be at the top of my cupcake list. The cake is a recipe that I found on a food/recipe board, I would credit the gal, but I do not know if she has a blog. The frosting is called Buttercream Dream and is a favorite of the same message board. This is my go to frosting when I am looking to top something with that delicious taste of buttercream. Here is the fantastic cake recipe:


Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

July 22nd, 2008


2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup oil (I use canola)

2 cups hot water

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla


Mix everything in a bowl until you get a thin batter. I then poured the batter into mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. Bake them at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I started checking my cupcakes after about 6 minutes. I then topped the mini cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream frosting. I added cocoa powder to the frosting by the tablespoon until I reached the desired flavor. I also added brown Wilton Gel Dye until I reached the desired color. After the frosting was piped on, I topped with chocolate sprinkles!


Click here for the Buttercream Dream recipe as well as a great picture tutorial!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

The Kitchen Vixen July 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

gorgeous cupcakes! great photographs;)


Jamie July 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Thanks so much!


Jeanine July 23, 2008 at 7:46 am

Those cupcakes look wonderful, Jamie! It’s amazing, it doesn’t really take much more time to do from scratch than from a box, but it tastes so much better (and is more gratifying too). Great job!


tara July 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

Beautiful, beautiful stuff. We have quite a few family events coming up and I do believe that these would make many of the kids (and the adults) rather happy. Thanks so much for sharing. There is a certain joy in scratch baking, isn’t there?


Alexis July 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Another Cake Central junkie i bet 😉

I read your tutorial on the Buttercream Dream icing. I’ve made buttercream dream once and really enjoyed it. I have a heard time
getting unsalted butter though.

If I make a standard buttercream too thin I just add more powdered sugar to stiffen it up and it works well.

Loving your blog. Found it though foodgawker.


allison June 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I've been enjoying your blog for a few months now.
Today when I came across these cupcakes I just had to make them (I'm 9 months pregnant cut me some slack:). They are SO yummy! I'm a big fan of the buttercream you used here, I'll use it again for sure & it is so good with coco powder!
The kids & husband couldn't get enough!


ifionlyknewhowtospellanonymos March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I loved your chocolate cake recipe from the chocolate and orange frosting cupcakes. It was absolutley superb and I was hoping to see it in this recipe with a chocolate frosting to go with it.


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Mollie July 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

How many does this recipe yield? They look amazing!


Jamie July 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

Unfortunately, this is one of the first recipes that I ever blogged, so I honestly have no idea of the yield as I didn’t post it back then. I’m going to guess 24 based upon the ingredients – sorry I’m not more of a help.


Robyn Harold November 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I just made 30 of them :)


Mj August 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

Hi i baked this for my bf birthday party and they were just great!!! But i have a q … The 350 degrees in the oven is F or C??? When I baked them I. Set the oven at 200 C… And it took longer for them to be ready


Jamie August 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Yes, all 350 degrees F. Glad to hear that you enjoyed them.


Robyn Harold November 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

These were by far the BEST cupcakes I have ever made!! I was skeptical when the batter was so runny but figured, I’ve made them, might as well bake them. Honestly beat a cupcake I bought in Vegas at a Cupcakery!! I topped them with a simple vanilla buttercream! Everyone was begging for me! Great recipe!

Definitely try these!!!


MBA November 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback – have a great day!


Sarah-J January 27, 2013 at 5:43 am

Baked these yesterday and they were wonderful!! This tops my list of cupcake batter recipes. They were light and moist, just the way I like them. Thank you for the amazing recipe…now I shall try them out in different flavors..mmmmmm…


Nea March 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I made these cupcakes and tweaked the recipe into andes mint cupcakes! This is seriously the moistest chocolate cupcake recipe ever. I think I may have eaten like 6 of them because they were so addictive. Thank you so much for posting this delicioso recipe!


Ori May 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

There’s no flour in this recipe…


Jamie May 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

There is definitely flour in the recipe – the measurement is 2 cups as detailed in the ingredient list. Have a great day.


Angela May 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

This is strange, I’ve made this recipe before with great success. I am making it now as I type, and I don’t see flour in the ingredient list. I wonder if maybe it’s my browser settings?


Jamie May 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Sorry for the confusion. My web designer was tweaking some codes and working off an old post as a test. It should be fixed now. Thanks for letting us know. Have a great weekend.


sharon January 17, 2014 at 1:31 am

does this make 12 regular sized cupcakes and 24 mini sized cupcakes?


Ivy February 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

This will be my first time to make chocolate cupcakes and I find this recipe very simple and interesting. I was just wondering though, how many minutes would it take to bake the cake at perfection? Thanks in advance! :)


Jamie Lothridge May 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Hi Ivy,
As it says in the directions, these were baked for me after about 6 minutes. Watch them closely.
– Jamie


Temre May 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

So happy I was able to find these. None of my cookbooks have delicious cupcake recipes. I promised a 4th grade class chocolate chocolate cupcakes for winning their tug of war. Thank you for always having great recipes.


brisset balza September 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Can i use one cup of milk instead of water.?¿


Jamie October 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

You could substitute milk for the water. Thanks for stopping by.



Candice Ryba November 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Awesome recipe, but it always makes about 26 cupcakes for me, instead of 12.


Jamie December 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I’m glad you like the recipe. The variance is probably due to the difference in muffin tins. Thanks for visiting.



mariam December 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm

this is the best chocolate cupcake i have ever tried thank u so much for this amazing recipe!


Jamie December 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Glad to hear you enjoyed the cupcakes, Mariam!


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