Monday, November 4, 2013

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

Over the weekend, Austin and I drove down to Great Sand Dunes National Park.  Usually, we pack lots of snacks.  Usually, we plan at least a little bit.  Not this time though.  This time, we had no idea where we were going to stay the night.  We looked up directions on our way.  We had no snacks in the car.

It's fun to be spontaneous, but it's also fun to have a tupperware full of cupcakes in the car.

We ended up stopping at Cracker Barrel and eating way too much food.  After we were done eating until we were sick, we contemplated a piece of their chocolate coca-cola cake.  We passed this time.  Sometimes, even though you know it won't be that good, you just need some chocolate.  In those cases, even if it's kind of dry, it will still do the trick.
Must not have been one of those days when we were at the Cracker Barrel, but if you're going to make these cupcakes, you better be in the mood for some chocolate!  These are very chocolatey.  Not just because it's a chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing, but also because they're rich.

Sometimes cakes/cupcakes claim to be "chocolate fudge" - well these really are.  But I think we've all known at least one person in our lives who has used the term 'chocoholic' to describe themselves.  Earmark these for their birthday and if you're not so into chocolate, try topping the cupcakes with buttercream or cream cheese frosting.

1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 c. + 2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
For the Icing:
1/2 c. butter at room temperature
3 c. powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt
1-3 Tbsp. heavy cream

1.  Beat all cake ingredients for 2 minutes on medium.

2.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners and fill each 3/4 full with the cake batter.

3.  Bake at 350˚ for 18-20 minutes

4.  While the cupcakes are cooking, prepare your icing.  Beat together butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder.  Mix in vanilla and salt.  Slowly add cream until your icing reaches the desired consistency.  Keep beating until light and fluffy.

5.  Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost.


  1. I'm just beginning to learn to bake and I've been wanting to learn a simple cupcake recipe. I've seen so many recipes. All of them, so difficult to follow. Thank God for your recipe. I like it's clear instructions.

    1. Hi Ludovica!

      I'm so glad you will be moving into the world of making cupcakes! The more you practice baking, the easier it becomes I promise! Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any other recipe you find here on my site.

      Happy Holidays!


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