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brownie cupcake with brown frosting.
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Brownie Cupcakes from Scratch Recipe

This is the best homemade brownie cupcake recipe - use any kind of frosting to make these cupcakes!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 11 cupcakes
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 5



  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons (109g) all-purpose flour



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  • Stir together oil, sugar, and cocoa. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Carefully stir in flour.
  • Fill liners about ⅔ full (about 3 tablespoons of batter each).
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from right along the edge of the liner. Cool completely before frosting.
  • Store in refrigerator loosely covered, serve at room temperature.



  • Mint Chip Frosting: beat 1/2 cup unsalted butter and pinch of salt until smooth. Slowly mix in 4 cups (452g) powdered sugar until crumbly. Add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Beat until smooth, adding more cream as needed to get the consistency desired. Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix in, if desired. Stir in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. 
  • You can frost these with any frosting you like.
  • Be careful not to over bake the cupcakes - a toothpick right on the edge of the liner will come out with a few crumbs.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze cupcakes for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1cupcake without frosting | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg