the best chocolate cupcakes!!

Posted on 01/07/2008 by mishrawks
these cupcakes are my favourite goodies to bake!
i baked and decorated these cupcakes this past weekend for my niece's 3rd birthday party.
this recipe in particular is the best chocolate cupcakes i've ever had!! so yummy. enjoy!

& just for fun... entitled: don't eat me. :)

chocolate cupcakes.
2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
2 cups (500mL) sugar
1/2 cup (125mL) cocoa powder
2 teaspoons (10mL) baking soda
1 tsp (5mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups (500 mL) of butter milk
2 teaspoons (10 mL) vanilla

preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees Celsius).

in mixer, on low speed, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
add oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.
increase speed and beat for 2 minutes, until well combined.
spoon into 20 paper-lined muffin cups, filling halfway.

bake for about 25 minutes or until tops are firm and tester comes out clean.
transfer to rack and cool completely.
dear__john 8th-Jan-2008 02:09 am (UTC)
The winking one is a personal favorite <3
timetol3tgo 8th-Jan-2008 02:11 am (UTC)
oo those so look so good!
what kind of icing is that? it looks good too!
mishrawks 8th-Jan-2008 02:24 am (UTC)
vanilla buttercream icing.
1 cup (250 mL) butter, softened
3 oz (90g) cream cheese, softened
4 1/2 cups (1.125L) icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons (7 mL) vanilla extract
(+ food colouring)

in a bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth.
reduce speed to low, and add icing sugar, one cup at a time, beating after each addition until smooth.
stir in vanilla.
icecat 8th-Jan-2008 03:09 am (UTC)
stupid question, but is icing sugar another name for powdered sugar, or that ultrafine baker's sugar?
i_am_that_is 8th-Jan-2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Powdered sugar. If you use ultrafine, you'll just have creamed sugarbutter, like you use for cookies.
mzangel84 8th-Jan-2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I'd love to test out that recipe. They look thick and yummy! Can buttermilk be replaced by normal milk, do you think?
mishrawks 8th-Jan-2008 02:33 am (UTC)
i don't really no. but i had a problem once where i didn't have any buttermilk.
here's an alternative to buttermilk i found that works:

combine 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar with enough milk to equal 1 cup.
let the mixture stand for 5 minutes, and the milk should sour and thicken slightly.

happy baking! :)
mzangel84 8th-Jan-2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks! I keep coming across recipes with buttermilk but where I am, they don't sell it anywhere (as far as I know and I have searched almost everywhere). Bummer. So thanks again!
paperplanesx3 31st-Jan-2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
hey (:
i think i did come across buttermilk before.
you're from sg right- eh from your lj?

i think i saw it at carrefour @ PS if i'm not wrong.
or you can try the coldstorage at 6th avenue?they've got a greater variety of stuff.

sorry if i'm wrong!
but if you do find it,let me know too yeah (:
mzangel84 31st-Jan-2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the heads up! I'll be sure to look it up the next time I'm at Carrefour or 6th Avenue and buy in bulk. Haha. Will let you know if I found it. =)
dropsofpluto 20th-May-2010 05:20 am (UTC)
hey dear, not sure if there are other brands apart from Dairy Farmers in sg, but they normally expire in a few weeks. anw pls lmk if you come across any other brands of btutermilk! thanks!
mizzalaneous 20th-May-2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh, hi! It's been such a long time since that comment. Lol.

Actually, I've been using a buttermilk substitute: 1 cup of milk to 1 tbsp of vinegar and let rest for 20 mins or so.

It works for me! =)
dropsofpluto 20th-May-2010 06:51 am (UTC)
omg i didn't realise that someone bumped up this old post.. haha anw i guess i should probably try out the substitute sometime too!
pixiebullets 12th-Feb-2008 05:52 am (UTC)
I'm from SG too and omg thank you for this! I've been searching for buttermilk for a while now! I'll be sure to check those places out. Thank you! :)
perdendosi87 22nd-Dec-2008 01:18 am (UTC)
i'm from sg too! thanks! i've been looking for buttermilk too
dropsofpluto 20th-May-2010 05:18 am (UTC)
hey! some NTUCs (cheaper) and most cold storage stock buttermilk $3+/600mL from Dairy Farmers. It's normally near the cheese section!
justamy 8th-Jan-2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I have tried that trick and it DOES work.
fallendebre 9th-Jan-2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Ditto! I bet the lemon trick is more appealing, but I used vinegar and it worked fine.
carressa 8th-Jan-2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Love it! I'm def. going to try this.
shash_3 8th-Jan-2008 02:44 am (UTC)
They look super moist!
flavorpacket 8th-Jan-2008 02:45 am (UTC)
They're adorable, and so are you!
gatekeepers_21 8th-Jan-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I love those smiley faces! They're adorable :3 What did you use to make the faces? Melted chocolate or some more chocolate frosting?
mishrawks 8th-Jan-2008 03:28 am (UTC)
i used regular chocolate frosting.
put some in a ziplock bag, cut off a little bit of the corner and piped!
inexpensive & easy!
haha! :D
joyrobbin 14th-Jan-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
may i ask if it's also possible to use the buttercream icing to do piping? i really have no clue about baking/icing and stuff like that. TIA!
spacegirlnz 21st-Jan-2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Oh, that's such a clever idea! I've always just made my own pipes with baking paper, which is annoying cause you can only use it once (unless you want a huge mess)

So gonna do that next time!
lexib0t 8th-Jan-2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Those look so good! What type of camera do you use?
mishrawks 8th-Jan-2008 04:28 am (UTC)

I use the Canon Rebel XTi.
beanie_nup 9th-Jan-2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
This looks simple enough to do, been finding other chocolate cupcake recipes to try and compare with one recipe which I'm happy with. Will bake some soon probably~ =D Thanks!
mindlessdork 9th-Jan-2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
They look yummy and moist and are nicely decorated. ;)
frenzied 11th-Jan-2008 03:55 am (UTC)
I made these cupcakes tonight and they were FABULOUS.

thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
caitlen 19th-Jan-2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I made these today (finally!). They are very awesome. Were had with cappuccino this afternoon, then we had them slightly warmed with some vanilla ice cream for dessert. VERY GOOD. Even my partner, who doesn't particularly like chocolatey baked things (prefers his chocolate in pure form, ie in a nice square of solid dark chocolate), was NomNomNom-ing during his cupcake!! :D

Highly recommended!
pinkspider_x 11th-Feb-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I know this is an old post, but these are the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever had as well, and will use this recipe for EVERY chocolate cupcake I'll ever make again. I think it's the oil and buttermilk that makes it -- SO GOOD.
gabbeeee 16th-Mar-2008 08:41 am (UTC)
hi. i was wondering, did you use normal fine sugar in the recipe or caster sugar? also, do you have the recipe for the chocolate frosting?
jadorelefromage 28th-Apr-2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
wow, what an easy sounding recipe!! i'll definitely make some!! :D
cheesydips HELP!12th-May-2008 06:28 am (UTC)
do you know if I can make the batter now, and refrigerate it over night? Will the batter still be ok by tom? pls reply asap:) thanks.
redrosettes 28th-May-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
hi. as for your choc cupcakes, do you use normal sugar or caster sugar? thanks!
mishrawks 29th-May-2008 08:58 am (UTC)
normal sugar
lwzc88 29th-May-2008 11:54 am (UTC)
hi just wondering does the icing harden up or is it like creamy? haha. i seldom (almost never) baked.
pinkspider_x 25th-Sep-2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Sorry for the new comment on the old old post, but I just made these again as they are sooo tasty and I was wondering where you got the original recipe from!
lanyatheana 12th-Jan-2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Bumping this-- that's A LOT of oil; is that really the right amount?

/is considering making these. :D
layers_of_eli 4th-Jul-2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Just FYI for others making this... a heads up: the directions don't ever say to add the baking powder and soda. I personally never did add them, and these cupcakes aren't so hot without them. Add them with the other dry ingredients.
sixseventytwo 9th-Aug-2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Just letting you know that I've tried these many times and LOVE THEM. My six and four year old cousins actually went nuts over them =p
This is actually the best chocolate cupcake recipe evarrrrr.

But yeah, don't forget to ass the baking powder/soda, kids!
finelydetailed 16th-May-2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
have to make these soon! :)
rachelpage 23rd-Nov-2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
Easy enough to make for birthdays and parties.
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