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Way-better-than-cake-mix CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

I have about a bazillion things to do this afternoon and wasn't going to blog at all, but then realized I could share with you this fabulous recipe for the cupcakes I'm making today (for six of the most incredible young women I know.)

My favorite thing about this recipe, other than the fact that is is very delicious, is that it is pretty much as simple as a cake mix.  Dump dry ingredients in mixer, dump wet ingredients on top, mix and bake!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Combine in bowl of stand mixer:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup brewed black coffee
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil (canola oil can be substituted in a pinch)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until batter is smooth and glossy.

Scoop or pour into 24 muffin cups and bake @ 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


If you do try this recipe, please come back and let me know what you thought!


  1. Can you taste the coffee in the cupcakes?

  2. No, you can't taste the coffee at all. Coffee just amplifies the chocolate taste. You could use water if you don't want the caffeine.

  3. I love this! Anything to simplify baking and I am a deal!! Thanks for sharing;)

  4. Yummmm...cupcakes and an easy recipe make me smile!

  5. These look lovely and delicious! Thanks for sharing with us. I'm a new follower and I'd love for you to come see me sometime at:
    Love Laurie

    I love your blog's name!

  6. Thanks for this recipe. I'm a big fan of easy cake mixes, but this seems pretty simple and you say it is even better than the box stuff so I am IN! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful Cupcakes! I'm saving this recipe for later! Thanks for linking to Unwasted Homemaking Party :).

  8. These sound so yummy I will be trying the for sure! I am a new follower!

  9. Wow I like the simplicity...I was thinking, it would be easy enough to premix the dry ingredients in ziplocks and have your own "mix" ready. You could write the rest of the directions on the outside with a sharpie.

  10. Just tried this recipe - delicious! You're right, the coffee flavour enhances the chocolate. I substituted yogurt for buttermilk (because that's what I had)... very moist and just sweet enough. I made them for my daughter's 6th birthday, she was thrilled.

    Thanks for passing it on...

  11. We will be making them this weekend. For Easter dessert.

  12. Is it possible to marble this mix with a white cake mix as well? What recipe would you suggest?

  13. made these yesterday and it is the best chocolate cake I have tasted. Thanks for sharing

  14. I just read about this in your post today, the series you are doing about blogging 101. I am so glad I found it, I needed a chocolate cupcake recipe for a graduation party. I can't wait to try it!

  15. Any thoughts on how long to cook it if you are making a round cake rather than cup cakes?

  16. Amazing...absolutely amazing! I didn't want to stop eating them! And they were so easy. Some people feel that scratch cakes can be dense compared to box mixes; not so with this recipe. They were super moist and fluffy. I'll never buy a mix again.

  17. can you share your frosting recipe? Just found your adorable post last night. Can't wait to try the choc. cake. Love the post

  18. Just made these... OMG! AMAZING! Thank you for the recipe.

  19. This may be a dumb question, but can the coffee be hot or does it need to be room temp? Cold?

  20. i'd like the frosting recipe too :-)


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