This is the BEST chocolate cupcake recipe I've ever eaten. It's moist and soft and the cooked chocolate frosting recipe is better than ganache!
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The Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

The richest, most decadent chocolate cupcakes ever! You'll never make another chocolate frosting again once you've had these.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 cupcakes
Calories 258kcal
Author Dorothy Kern

Ingredients

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

  • 1/2 cup 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

Instructions

Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with liners (about 30).
  • 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.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for about 12-15 minutes. (Mine baked in 14 minutes.) Cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting

  • While the cupcakes are in the oven, make the frosting. (There is cooling time involved.)
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt. The mixture will be thick and grainy.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Frost top of cupcake with chocolate frosting. Store in refrigerator, let come to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 148mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 2g