Perfect Chocolate Cupakes

I know this may come as kind of a shock to some of you, but chocolate cake isn’t one of my favorite things in the world. If given the choice, I always pick vanilla cake. But, after discovering Beatty’s Chocolate Cake (Blackout cake? Whatever you want to call it!) my views began to shift. I’ve been looking for a good chocolate cupcake recipe – that was easy, baked up well, held up to frosting, but was still (and most importantly) moist and delicious. This recipe definitely fits the bill!

With the addition of buttermilk, cocoa, espresso powder and hot water – it’s totally reminiscent of my favorite chocolate cake recipe. But held it’s shape and is a bit denser, which is just what I was looking for in cupcake form. For the frosting, it’s a standard buttercream in which plenty you add plenty of melted unsweetened chocolate too. That leads to a frosting that is rich and chocolatey, but not cloyingly sweet.

This recipe is for 12 cupcakes, but could easily be doubled to dole out 24. Which, I’m sure will be happening in my kitchen next time. A truly perfect chocolate cupcake, kids. Another one for the books!


  1. Posted October 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    Chocolate cake isn’t one of my favorite things in the world either, but I could be convinced…!

  2. Posted October 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM | Permalink

    Beatty’s chocolate cake is so divine! It’s my family’s favorite and I could just devour that cake all alone. Your cupcakes look wonderful!

  3. Deb Kelly
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    These look so good! One question…the unsweetened chocolate for the frosting…you melt it before adding to the butter, sugar mixture right?

    • Posted October 31, 2013 at 2:53 AM | Permalink

      Yes, ma’am!

      • Deb Kelly
        Posted October 31, 2013 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

        Thanks so much! I’m making these tonight for a party tomorrow! Happy Halloween!

  4. Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    Kiss, Susana

  5. Posted November 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

    I’m always for a good chocolate cake or cupcake. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  6. Angela
    Posted January 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    Wow. Made these tonight to take to a friends. Huge Hit! So delicious. Never had a cake recipe that was so moist and yummy! Thanks for sharing

  7. Posted February 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    I’m so glad you love my chocolate cupcake recipe. It is my family’s favorite, too!

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