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Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

These chocolate cupcakes bake up beautifully with nice rounded tops, are very fudgy tasting, and don't crumble.  Which I very much appreciate when you have small children running around your house at a birthday party.

(yield: 20) Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup butter (113g), softened

  • 1 cup (200g) sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 1/2 (180g) cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 (42g) Dutch cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp. (6g) baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 cup (113g) buttermilk (room temp)

  • 1/2 cup (118g) boiling water

Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar (1 pound of 460g)

  • 1 cup butter, softened (226g)

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp milk (or heaving whipping cream)


To make cupcake

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line two muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.  Set aside.

  2. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir with fork to  mix together.

  3. In mixing bowl, with paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.

  4. Add half of the dry ingredients to mixing bowl and combine.  Then add half of the buttermilk and combine.  Continue again, adding all remaining dry ingredients, then mix, then all buttermilk and mix.

  5. Add boiling water and mix.  Batter should be smooth, but try not to over mix.

  6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Toothpick inserted into center of cupcake should come out clean.

  7. Allow cupcakes to completely cool before frosting.  

To make frosting

  1. In bowl of mixer with paddle attachment cream together butter and vanilla.

  2. Gradually add powdered sugar on low speed, once incorporated scrape down sides of mixing bowl and increase speed to medium high until fully incorporated.

  3. Add milk and mix in at medium speed, then increase speed to high and let mix for two minutes. This makes the frosting light and fluffy. The frosting should hold its shape so it doesn't fall off the cupcakes.

  4. Add more milk it the frosting seems to stiff or more powdered sugar if frosting seems too soft.


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