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Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

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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 cupcakes with chocolate frosting on a metal baking rack

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 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


  1. Mix everything in a bowl until you get a thin batter.
  2. I then poured the batter into mini muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  3. Bake them at 350°F until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I started checking my cupcakes after about 6 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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Saturday 18th of March 2023

ive been using this recipe for a couple years now and I finally just tracked down where i printed it out from! This is the BEST easiest and tastiest recipe ever. Ill never another! Thanks!


Monday 20th of March 2023

Thanks so much for sharing, Mari! Happy baking! Jamie


Sunday 29th of September 2019

My wife is a nurse and I make her stuff to bring in on occasion. This time one of the patients requested chocolate cupcakes. I tried to modify another recipe where I substituted the coffee and it didn't turn out chocolaty enough. Went sifting recipes and found yours. They were so good that people in the house were snatching them before they could cool enough for frosting haha I have no doubt they'll get compliments at her work. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. Added it to my collection :)


Sunday 6th of October 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cupcakes, Daniel! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


Thursday 4th of October 2018

How many cupcakes does this make


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Hi Anna - This should make about 12 standard-size cupcakes. Hope this helps! Happy baking. Jamie


Sunday 4th of March 2018

Is the cocoa supposed to be dutch-processed or natural?


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Jenna, just natural unsweetened cocoa powder, like Hershey's. Thanks so much for stopping by! -Jamie

Cherry Zheng

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

If i use milk , does it need to be hot also?

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