The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

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There are so many Chocolate Cupcake recipes out there…but these are seriously the BEST Chocolate Cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. The frosting will knock your socks off…so be prepared!

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Reasons I love internet shopping:

“Prices” seem inconsequential. If it’s on the internet and you use a credit card, that means it’s fake money you’re spending.

I can add something to my cart and remove it ten times and a sales lady will not look at me like she wants to kill me.

I can pretend I look gorgeous in the skirt/bathing suit/shoes/dress because the model is gorgeous in it. And, duh. It’ll look the same on me because it looks amazing on her.

I can shop at 6am when I should be responding to email and making breakfast.

I can pay attention to what I’m doing because I don’t have a little person saying “Mom. Mom. Mom. MOM!” in my ear.

Because there are so many more stores online than there are in real life. Like, so many more my wallet can’t keep up.

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I would never have found this cake plate if it wasn’t for internet shopping.

I bet you were wondering about that gorgeous cake plate, am I right? Isn’t it to die for? I actually decided to make these cupcakes because I wanted the beauty of the dessert to match the stand they were on.

This cake plate is from, a site that specializes in party invitations, party supplies, and wedding invitations. There are so many products to choose from on! It’s like when you go to a restaurant and they hand you a menu that’s a book: it takes forever to decide what to order. That’s how my shopping experience at was! I added and deleted and added stuff to my cart for about two days before I finally clicked order.

This Milk Glass Cake Plate was the first thing to go in my cart and it stayed there the entire time. Isn’t it unbelievably gorgeous? If you’re not in the need of a cake plate, don’t worry. They also have tons of party supplies!

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If you’re hosting a party, is your one stop shop for invites, banners, cupcake picks, and more. I ordered this fun sign (part of the retro floral garden collection) because I love pink and green together.

They even sell business cards and stationary. If you’re a blogger and want to get some free business cards, you can join their blogger outreach program, write a post, and get 100 free cards.

And, if you’re a food or a craft blogger, you’re in luck! Not only do they have some fabulous cake plates, but they sell washi, twine, and straws! You know I love me some straws!

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Good news for you…I’m giving away a $50 store credit to! Just scroll down below the recipe and enter to win!

Now back to these supremely gorgeous (and even better tasting) cupcakes…

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Okay, I know. It’s a chocolate cupcake. There are approximately 27 bajillion chocolate cupcake recipes on the internet. Everyone has their favorite. But OMG people. THIS recipe?

There. Are. No. Words.

I love chocolate cupcakes…sort of. Normally I’ll pick vanilla every time. I don’t know why, I love chocolate. Just not always in cake and cupcakes. But these?

Let’s just say I have frosting left over. And I’m eating it with a spoon. It’s unbelievably rich and good.

Remember that OMG! Frosting I posted way a long time ago? It was all the rage for awhile.

This is the chocolate version. And it’s amazingly good.

Both the cupcake and the frosting have coffee in them – but they don’t taste like coffee. The coffee just ads a richness to the chocolate and brings out it’s flavor.

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I wanted to fill these with something, but I had a hard time deciding because the cupcake and frosting are so rich on their own. I decided on a cinnamon whipped cream filling. This is totally optional, but cinnamon is another one of those flavors that complements chocolate perfectly. I didn’t think it was possible to bring out more chocolate flavor, but the filling did.

You must try these cupcakes. Especially the frosting. You won’t be disappointed.

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 You can eat them while you’re internet shopping. And no one will be the wiser!

The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

The richest, most decadent chocolate cupcakes ever! You'll never make another chocolate frosting again once you've had these. {Recipe from Magazine}


    For the Cake
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt (not kosher, just regular table salt)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (do not substitute with anything else or it won’t set properly)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (low-fat is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Filling
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


    Make the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners (about 30).
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee, and vanilla in a large mixing cup. Whisk to combine, then add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until the batter comes together. A few lumps are okay.
  3. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for about 12-15 minutes. (Mine baked in 14 minutes.) Cool completely before frosting.
  4. Make the frosting
  5. While the cupcakes are in the oven, make the frosting. (There is cooling time involved.)
  6. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt. The mixture will be thick and grainy.
  7. Whisk heavy cream, sour cream, and instant coffee in a large measuring cup. Slowly add the cream mixture into your saucepan and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved and is hot to the touch, between 4-8 minutes. (Mine cooked in about 4 minutes, but it could take longer.) Do not boil!
  8. Transfer frosting to a bowl and let cool 2-3 hours until it’s spreadable. You can also chill it so it will set up faster. If it gets to hard to spread, microwave it on 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until it’s the desired consistency.
  9. Make the Filling and Assemble
  10. Add cold heavy cream to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Begin beating on high. (It helps if the bowl is also cold to start.)
  11. After a minute, add sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to the cream. Continue beating for another 1-2 minutes, until heavy peaks form. Scrape the sides and fold in any undissolved cinnamon.
  12. Transfer filling to a pastry bag fitted with tip #230 for filling cupcakes. Poke the tip into the center of each cupcake and press bag to fill.
  13. Frost top of cupcake with chocolate frosting. Store in refrigerator, let come to room temperature before serving.


Nope you're not missing something - this recipe is egg free! Great for those with allergies!

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  1. Thanks so much for the link love Dorothy! I am honored to be linked up here! P.S. I LOOOVE your chocolate cupcakes.
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  2. These sound amazing! I love the filling- cinnamon and chocolate go amazing together. Online shopping is terrible for me, I almost went crazy the first time I bought stuff online!
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  3. I would love the business cards! Thanks, Dorothy!! Great cc’s as usual…I’m hungry now!! :)
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  4. can not wait to try this recipe

  5. Well these certainly look like some of the best chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever seen! I make a similar recipe, but have never thought to fill them. Love that idea, especially since you added cinnamon to the cream filling. Genius!! Will keep this recipe in mind next time I need a chocolate cupcake fix. After all, only the best will do for my serious sweet tooth! :)
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  6. They look PERFECT!! I have been on the hunt for choc cupcake recipes and have almost used my choc cake recipe, which rather than water uses coffee to really bring out a bold chocolate taste. I cannot get over how soft, fluffy and fudgy they look! Pinned!

    And if I won, cake stand, all the way!! love it!
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  7. Seriously, if you say best cupcake ever … I believe it! And that cupcake stand is beyond gorgeous!!
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  8. Haley S says:

    I would definitely buy the straws! It’s almost summer time! Which means cute straws and drinks time (:

  9. I just LOVE minted..I’d probably get the twine and paper straws first
    those cupcakes are calling me
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  10. Not to be a copycat or anything, but I think I would get your same cake plate!
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  11. MMM these cupcakes do look good. I love that there are no eggs in them, I personally don’t have an allergy but it’s great for people that do! And minted is great, can be very dangerous though! I would get some party crowns!
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  12. I love the white modern cake stand!! Such cute stuff on their site! And those cupcakes. I’m a sucker for chocolate cupcakes!
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  13. The mint green is so perfect – that cake stand us gorgeous. Wow. And I, um, am a crazy Internet shopper. I can do it in my PJs and shop three different stores at once. Now that’s what I call savvy. And these cupcakes look to. Die. For. I like how you used whipping cream and sour cream in the frosting, I’ve not seen that before. I’ve also not tried cinnamon and chocolate but these cupcakes look like the best way to do it. Wow. Again.
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  14. they sound amazing! and the best chocolate cake recipe i use has coffee in it too, that’s the secret, but secrets out! everyone wins!
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  15. These do look great AND the cake plate is beautiful.

  16. They look perfect and that plate is so cute!! I love that there is a filling!! Filing are the best and OMG that frosting!! It really is blowing my socks off!! I can tell just by looking at these that they are the best cupcakes ever! Also, your photos are beautiful!
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  17. I love, love that cake plate, but I’ll have to go poke around and see if what else I’d love to get! know I HAVE to try these cupcakes!

  18. I shop 99% of the time online. I went to and I couldn’t find the cake plate :( But I really do need some new stationary cards and of course, any kind of party supplies would be great! Summer parties are the best!
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  19. These cupcakes do look pretty incredible Dorothy! And yes, I was totally eyeing that cake plate. If I won I would probably get the exact came cake plate because I’m a copycat or the small white cake plate – also gorgeous!
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  20. Ooh, I love the posey journal and the Wildflower line. So ethereal. Also, those cupcakes look luscious.
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  21. I’m currently planning my wedding that will be this December and I’ve had my eyes on some lovely winter theme invitations that they have on their website.

  22. Lisa G. says:

    Yummmm! Those look so good!!!

  23. That’s a pretty gorgeous cake stand, me want. I love the way the chocolate cupcakes look on the green stand! And I’m thinking I may have to make that frosting…today!
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  24. I love that cake stand. I’m in need of one! I bet the vinegar makes these cupcakes super fluffy.
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  25. Meagan B says:

    I think that I would have to stock up on cute party favors and baking accessories – I especially love that cake plate!

  26. I like the So Happy Together Grand calendars, and the cake plate you got is beautiful. Have to make these cupcakes soon, they look amazing!!

  27. These are so luscious looking that I will trust you that these are the best! My mouth is watering, nonetheless, XOXO
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  28. I actually love the cake stand you have! I want that, lol! ;)
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  29. i’d put it towards ordering my own stationary set…maybe the “graphic blossom” one or the “all good things” :)

  30. I’m drooling…these look amazing! If I won I’d definitely buy a cake plate. I saw a really nice white one on the Minted site!

  31. These really do look and sound like the best chocolate cupcakes ever, especially with that filling!! Yum :).
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  32. I would get the cake plate, but they do not sell it anymore :( Maybe it will come back?
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  33. Okay, I found it. It will not come up if you type in cake plate :)
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  34. These looks delicious!! Rich chocolatey goodness!!! IN LOVE WITH YOU CAKE STAND!!! Gorgeous!
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  35. That’s an amazing idea to fill the cupcakes with cinnamon cream, so good!
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  36. I love their apothecary jars and their journals.
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  37. These look so indulgent and delicious! YUM!

  38. Wow, these look sinful! I’ll need a big glass of milk to wash this down. YUM! :)
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  39. Oh these look insanely good and I’d get that super cute cake plate too!
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  40. I can always use more cake plates :-) The small modern cake plate is cute…although I am really loving this green one too!!! I love that you added coffee to the frosting and the cake…they look awesome!!!
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  41. I would get the same cake plate that you have. It is gorgeous! This recipe looks delish!

  42. Straws!!! I need more straws!
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  43. These look divine! I normally choose vanilla over chocolate also…but I would totally choose these! :)
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  44. Heather M. says:

    I’d have to start stocking up on party decorations for my 40th birthday party next year! : )

  45. If I only had that jadeite milk glass cake plate, my life would be complete.

  46. That cake plate, oh how lovely! I agree I’m usually vanilla on cake but I do love the look of those. Sounds like the chocolate sheet cake recipe that I love so much. Thanks!

  47. Ahhh I wanna lick that frostinggg!!

    Andddd I’d probably get some business cards (using your tips ;))
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  48. I would get some stationary

  49. Courtney says:

    Beautiful and Amazing all wrapped together!

  50. Your recipes are amazing!

  51. These cupcakes sound like a gussied up twinkie!
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  52. This giveaway looks awesome. I would stock up on party supplies.

  53. I LOVE Minted, and that cake plate is too much! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  54. I think I would order some business cards!
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  55. Debbie Bray says:

    Milk glass cake stand

  56. How many cupcakes am I allowed to eat while internet shopping?
    You are not the only one who likes to fill up her virtual shopping cart and then change her mind about a few things ;)
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  57. That cake plate is heaven on earth!

  58. I’ve never heard of!! Thanks for the gorgeous post… I’m definitely going to head over there and check out their beautiful wares after work. Speaking about work, I’d better get back to it… now I’m going to be dreaming about those gorgeous chocolate cupcakes all afternoon. Beautiful filling Dorothy… sounds like a match made in cupcake heaven (aka Crazy for Crust-land!) xx
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  59. If you are saying that these are the best chocolate cupcakes I must try them :)

  60. sabrina says:

    If I were to win I would buy the white cake stand from minted.

  61. Gorgeous cupcakes and gorgeous pedestal! I <3 Minted. How did I not know they had things like this?!? I love the pedestal you chose, and their modern white cake plates are beautiful, too.
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  62. Alexandra Williams says:

    I love the cake stands and straws!

  63. I want the plate and the delicious looking cupcakes! Yummy.
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  64. Laura A says:

    I need to make this cupcakes now!

  65. Laura A says:

    I would any of the address labels with my new married name!

  66. Kate Moore says:

    This giveaway looks awesome! I would use it to give to my sister-in-law to get baby shower stuff for me! Some of those invitations are SO cute!

  67. Phyllis says:

    I’d let my daughter order baby announcements for my new granddaughter!

  68. I absolutely LOVE the personalized Father’s Day cards!!!

  69. I’m the same way with online shopping! I add so many dresses, shirts, earrings, swim suits, and purses to my shopping cart. When I get to the check out and see the total amount, I nearly fall off my chair — who knew all of those items added up to such a large amount?? I actually just splurged on an online purchase yesterday: a new blender. It’s not as cute as your cake stand, but I’m so excited for it! (And I didn’t add anything else to my cart either, hooray!)

  70. adrienne says:

    mint colored cake holder thing!!!! too cute!

  71. So hard to choose!!! Either one of the cake plates (you KNOW everyone who sees that mint green plate has to have it!) or baby shower supplies/decoration (throwing a shower for a co-worker this summer, and my daughter is expecting her 2nd in November!)

  72. I would get a CRAZY amount of paper straws. :)

    Also, these cupcakes look insanely good.
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  73. Haley Johnson says:

    Awesome Giveaway! I would get some gifts for Father’s Day.

  74. Oh my. Cinnamon filling?! And that frosting…I NEED!! Gotta make these :)
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  75. Cristina Polk says:

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! My daughter is allergic to eggs and you have made her be able to eat cupcakes without applesauce:))) SOOOO GOOOD!! She doesn’t even prefer chocolate a vanilla girl, but she is stuffing her face!!! Thank you again!!!! Anymore recipes with goodies without eggs send my way!!

    • Cristina Polk says:

      Forgot to say didn’t put in the coffee grinds, since we did not have it, but put 1/2 tsp on cinnamon:) Also, put 2 1/2 of white sugar, but then put 1/2 cup of brown, bc we ran out of white. Thank Thank you again!

    • Oh my goodness, this comment just made my day. Seriously! Thank you, and I’m SO glad she loves them! I cannot imagine how hard it is to find good recipes for an egg allergy! Off the top of my head, I have this brownie recipe that’s really good, and it’s egg-free (and it has zucchini, so that makes it healthy, lol) :)

  76. I baked this cupcake for a birthday party and everyone loved it. I have a problem about the rising though. I almost filled the liners completely because it won’t rise if I only fill 2/3 of the liner. I followed all instructions but I dunno what I did wrong. I tried this for nth time already and get the same result. :(

    • That’s so strange Patricia! It’s been a little while since I made them but I know that they don’t rise a ton (they don’t get all domed like some cupcakes/muffins do). By chance is your baking soda old? I know that can affect the rising.

  77. When you use this tip to fill, do you just shove it in the cupcake? Do you have to cut any of the cake out first?

    • If I’m using a long tip to fill, I just gently shove it in the cupcake and fill. If you’re not using a tip, or you’re using a shorter tip (like a regular sized one you’d use for frosting), then you should cut out a small section of the cupcake using a small knife. I go both ways, it just depends on what mood I’m in. You can also cut out a little of the cupcake, add the filling to a ziploc bag, cut off one corner (just a little) and do it without a tip at all! :)

  78. Melissa says:

    I absolutely love the cake plate…but the price – not so much. No way could I justify spending that much on one plate! Now if someone wanted to gift it to me that’d be fab. I was so crestfallen when I saw the price.


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