Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

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


  • 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!

36 Responses to “Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes”

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

    gorgeous cupcakes! great photographs;)


  2. Jamie — July 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks so much!


  3. 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!


  4. 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?


  5. 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.


  6. 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!


  7. 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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  9. 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 :)

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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…


  13. 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!


  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. sharon — January 17, 2014 at 1:31 am

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


  17. 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

  18. 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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.


  21. 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!

  22. Angele — November 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I did not have liners and used mini tins greased and silicone liners i had. The tins rised nicely than flatened and stuck! The silicone liners stuck as well!! Tasted awesome but can’t serve in a crumbly ball!  Any suggestions what went wrong?


    • Jamie — January 13, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Hi, Angele! I really don’t have a clue…maybe there’s something wrong with the silicone liners? If you try them again, let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions. Take care!

  23. Alyssa — January 30, 2017 at 12:24 am

    These are hands-down the best cupcakes I have ever had. I honestly don’t even feel worthy enough to know this recipe it is that good. I halved the recipe and it made exactly 12 normal sized cupcakes and they are FANTASTIC. I cooked them at 350 for about 14 minutes and they came out perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. 


    • Jamie — January 31, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Wonderful, Alyssa! Thank you for your kind words!

  24. Cherry Zheng — August 2, 2017 at 10:40 pm

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


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