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Chocolate cupcakes are the ultimate party food. These are super moist and bursting with rich, chocolaty flavor — and they're so easy to make. Frost these delicious chocolate cupcakes with buttercream or cream cheese frosting, or try royal icing or even whipped cream.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
15 mins
16 cupcakes

Skip the boxed chocolate cupcake mix — homemade chocolate cupcakes are just as easy to make (and even more delicious). In just 30 minutes, you'll have rich and moist chocolate cupcakes ready to serve for your next holiday, party, or potluck. Be prepared to have everyone asking you for this decadent chocolate cupcake recipe!

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

You'll only need a few ingredients to make these chocolate cupcakes, and you probably already have most of them on hand:

Cocoa Powder
Of course, chocolate cupcakes need chocolate flavor. Use unsweetened cocoa powder for the most chocolatey results.

All-purpose flour will work best for these chocolate cupcakes.

One and ½ cups will be the perfect amount of sugar to sweeten these cupcakes.

Make sure your butter is softened for easy beating.

Vanilla extract adds a hint of sweetness to these decadent cupcakes.

You'll need two eggs to bind the batter together for this recipe.

Milk ensures the cupcakes stay moist.

Leavening Agents
Use both baking powder and baking soda for the perfect rise on these cupcakes.

A little bit of salt adds a nice depth of flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes

Making homemade chocolate cupcakes is so much easier than you would expect. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect from this simple recipe:

Sift the dry ingredients (except the sugar) together. Cream the butter and sugar together. Then add the eggs and vanilla. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk. Beat until well combined. Spoon batter into prepared cupcake cups — only fill the cups ¾ of the way full so they don't overflow in the oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost as desired.

How to Decorate Chocolate Cupcakes

You can really decorate these chocolate cupcakes anyway your heart desires. We love topping them with buttercream, cream cheese frosting, chocolate ganache, or simply whipped cream. Dress these chocolate cupcakes up even more with sprinkles or other garnishes. 

How to Store Chocolate Cupcakes

Store chocolate cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Can You Freeze Chocolate Cupcakes?

You can easily freeze unfrosted chocolate cupcakes. Store completely cooled chocolate cupcakes in a zip-top freezer bag in the freezer for up to three months. Defrost and serve — or defrost, decorate, and serve.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"These were my first cupcakes that I've ever made and I have to say they are amazing," raves Sursika. "They are moist and perfect for every chocoholic. My niece and nephew loved them and I put some rum over the ones for us grown ups."

"My 4-year-old daughter helped me make these," says Angela Torgerson Breinholt. "They were easy and delicious! I will definitely be making them again. They turned out so moist and tasted more like brownies than cake."

"I usually use a Betty Crocker to help me make cupcakes, but after trying out this recipe I'm definitely not going to depend on her anymore," according to Kim Nguyen. "I topped them off with a cream cheese frosting and coconut flakes...they were a hit!."

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

  • Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • Cream together sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk; beat well. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving or frosting.

Nutrition Facts

158 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 29.8g; fat 3.9g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 114.5mg. Full Nutrition