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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:

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Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

By: Jamie
5 from 5 ratings


  • 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°F 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!
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  1. Amber says:

    Love this recipe, I just did one cup of hot water and one cup of coffee and it made it so rich and goood!!

  2. Mari says:

    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!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Mari! Happy baking!

  3. Daniel says:

    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 :)

    1. Jamie says:

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

  4. Anna says:

    How many cupcakes does this make

    1. Jamie says:

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

  5. Jenna says:

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

    1. Jamie says:

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

  6. Cherry Zheng says:

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

  7. Alyssa says:

    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. 

    1. Jamie says:

      Wonderful, Alyssa! Thank you for your kind words!

  8. Angele says:

    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?

    1. Jamie says:

      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!

  9. mariam says:

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

    1. Jamie says:

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the cupcakes, Mariam!