My mother always made these quick and easy cupcakes for impromptu summer barbeques and they are a childhood favorite of mine.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 15 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the white sugar, flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Make a well in the center, and pour in the water, grape jelly, mayonnaise, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter.

  • Make the frosting while the cupcakes cool. Combine the butter, half-and-half and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Set the pan over a bowl of ice water and whisk or beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Frost cupcakes when they are completely cool.

Nutrition Facts

361.6 calories; 2.3 g protein; 54.7 g carbohydrates; 15.7 mg cholesterol; 279.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2008
Excellent chocolate cupcake recipe. I wasn't in love with the frosting but the most important thing is making a moist delicious cupcake and this recipe did the trick. I did cook them about 5 minutes less than the recipe said. This will probably be my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe from here on out!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2011
That is not a fair rating because I did alter the recipe so that is probable why it wasn't very good. I was out of mayo (we use miracle whip) but i thought using plain yogurt would work ok. No it wasn't. so don't try that substitution Read More
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  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2008
Excellent chocolate cupcake recipe. I wasn't in love with the frosting but the most important thing is making a moist delicious cupcake and this recipe did the trick. I did cook them about 5 minutes less than the recipe said. This will probably be my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe from here on out!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I've made these twice now and get so many compliments on them! With a couple adjustments (less sugar, less baking soda, more mayo) they are my secret to a great, moist cupcake at high altitude. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2011
That is not a fair rating because I did alter the recipe so that is probable why it wasn't very good. I was out of mayo (we use miracle whip) but i thought using plain yogurt would work ok. No it wasn't. so don't try that substitution Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2010
I woke up at 6am this morning with a desperate craving for chocolate cupcakes (yes, I'm pregnant!). I did a quick search and decided to try this recipe. As I was measuring I discovered I was almost out of sugar so I ended up using 1/2 cup sugar + 12 packets of splenda which is the recommended substitute amount. I also added an extra tablespoon of jam - strawberry because that's what I had on hand. The result is amazing! Light and fluffy and tastes delicious. I skipped the frosting because I figured I'm already getting more than enough calories for breakfast here :) I was so distracted by the jelly in the recipe that I completely missed that it had mayonnaise until I was halfway through. If I'd noticed I might have skipped this recipe, but I'm so glad I didn't! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2010
I was very skeptical of the mayo and grape jelly but these turned out great!! I never leave reviews but I had to with this one! These are great. I made my own frosting but I really wouldn't change anything! love them! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2011
Hmm... well i knew that mayonaise is the secret ingredient to many a great cake recipes but these cupcakes were lacking in flavor. They were super moist and dense but I was wanting more of a chocolate flavor. They are kind of bland. Will have to be sure to use a very chocolatey frosting i suppose Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2012
Moist and delicious! Used a coconut frosting instead by putting one can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight then mixing it with cocoa powder and sugar and refridgerating it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2011
These cupcakes worked wonderfully! I'm surprised to see so many people unsatisfied with the frosting! It was delicious and and was a wonderful consistency... Although I did use whipping cream instead of half and half- maybe that was the difference it needed! Happy Baking! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2011
Nice looking cupcake and very tasty. I used my own frosting to make Easter Cupcakes. I also used Splenda instead of sugar which cut out over 200 calories per cupcake! I liked that I didn't need butter since I was out of butter anyway. I will make these cupcakes again. Read More
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