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Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe (VIDEO)

This Chocolate Cupcake recipe is so easy and the results are amazing every time. Top them with our 6-minute Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and you have the ultimate chocolate lovers cupcake! Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.

Chocolate cupcake recipe topped with chocolate buttercream frosting

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We love homemade cupcake recipes from Vanilla Cupcakes to Pumpkin Cupcakes. They are always the first dessert to disappear at birthday parties. If you are a fan of cupcakes made from scratch, this Chocolate Cupcake Recipe is a must-try!

Chocolate Cupcake Video Tutorial

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Fluffy and moist center of a chocolate cupcake

Why you will Love these Chocolate Cupcakes

First, this recipe is SO EASY! Simply mix the dry ingredients, then mix the wet ingredients, and whisk them together. They bake up with a beautiful domed top.

These chocolate cupcakes are moist and fluffy at the same time with a tender crumb. The coffee is the secret ingredient here and makes these intensely chocolatey and gives the cupcakes a deeper color. You can’t really taste the coffee in these and you probably wouldn’t know it’s there if you didn’t read the recipe, but it really makes the chocolate flavor shine. 

Ingredients for chocolate cupcakes with coffee, cocoa, flour, vanilla, oil, egg and vinegar

How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Quick prep – Preheat the oven and line a 12-count cupcake pan.
  2. Mix dry ingredients – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt), breaking up any big clumps of cocoa.
  3. Mix wet ingredients – In a second bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (warm coffee, vinegar, oil, egg, vanilla)
  4. Combine batter – Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and whisk just until combined. The batter will be a little loose with small lumps.
  5. Fill and bake – Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full and bake at 350˚F for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer the cupcakes to a rack to cool before frosting.
Step by step mixing ingredients to make chocolate cupcakes

Pro Tip: Do not overfill cupcake tin. If you add more than 2/3, it will flow over, get stuck to the tin, and won’t form that perfect dome top. It’s better to have a little batter left over than to overflow the pan. 

Tall chocolate cupcake with domed top covered with chocolate frosting.

Common Questions

What is the best cocoa to use?

For best results, use unsweetened natural cocoa powder.

What oven settings do you recommend?

Our recipes are written for using a conventional oven. We bake at 350˚F on the center rack of the oven for exactly 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Can I make this into a Cake?

This cupcake batter converts well to a cake and you will want to double the recipe for a 9-inch, 2-layer cake. See our Chocolate Cake Recipe for guidance on baking the cake.

Can I Substitute the Coffee?

You can substitute 1 cup coffee with 1 cup room temperature buttermilk. In my tests, the coffee gave the best color and more chocolate flavor (see photo below). If you are concerned about caffeine, decaf coffee will also work.

chocolate cupcake with coffee and chocolate cupcake with buttermilk

The Best Frosting for Chocolate Cupcakes

There are so many ways to frost a cupcake. We love them with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. You could also make Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting, or any of these cupcake icings:

Frosted cupcake with chocolate buttercream

Make-Ahead

  • Storing at Room Temperature: Make the cupcakes a day in advance, cool completely to room temperature then cover and store at room temperature until ready to frost and serve.
  • Freezing: Freeze un-frosted cupcakes for up to 2 months in a freezer safe zip bag or storage container.
  • To Thaw: Defrost cupcakes in the refrigerator overnight. For the softest texture, allow the cupcakes to come to room temperature before serving.
Domed cupcakes baked and ready for freezing.

I hope this Chocolate Cupcake recipe becomes a go-to favorite for you! I cranked out 8 batches of cupcakes when I was developing the recipe and I am confident these are the ultimate chocolate cupcakes.

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

4.98 from 255 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate buttercream

This Chocolate Cupcake recipe is easy with great results every time. A surprising ingredient makes these moist, fluffy and super chocolatey cupcakes. Try these with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: chocolate cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 187
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the center of the oven. Fill a 12-count muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together dry ingredients, breaking up most of the cocoa clumps.
  3. In a second mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and whisk just until the ingredients come together and no dry streaks remain. Batter will be a little loose and lumpy.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to portion batter, filling each cup 2/3 full (do not over-fill). Bake 18-22 min (20 minutes was perfect), until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a rack to cool completely to room temperature before frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Ellie Fitz
    September 26, 2022

    This was literally the best chocolate cupcake I’ve ever made / tasted! Amazing!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 26, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Ellie! 🙂

      Reply

  • Sandey
    September 23, 2022

    Woopie! Best choc cupcake recipe for sure! Just dusted with powdered sugar (icing sugar) makes a delectable treat! Tks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2022

      Thank you for that great feedbvack!

      Reply

  • Virgi
    August 28, 2022

    Hi will the cupcakes stays moist and fluffy or it will get harder when we eat directly from the chiller?

    Can u help to describe the texture while its chilled as im going to use whipp cream as topping so they need to be chilled

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 29, 2022

      Hi Virgi! These cupcakes stay pretty moist and fluffy, I think they are just fine eaten directly from the refrigerator. In general, cakes are best enjoyed at room temperature because it helps with the texture, but this cupcake batter uses oil and not butter so even out of the refrigerator, they will still be moister than a batter that uses butter.

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  • Kim
    August 26, 2022

    These were amazing and so simple. A keeper for sure . I used your icing recipe as well. Delicious!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 26, 2022

      Wonderful, Kim! Thank you for the review. 🙂

      Reply

  • Joeyie
    August 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha. Made these last week, love the recipe. How long will these last in the fridge?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 19, 2022

      I’m happy to hear that. In an airtight container, these hold up well for quite a few days, I’ve enjoyed them up to 5days. They lose moisture over time.

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  • Jackie
    August 11, 2022

    Sounds delicious Can I use melted butter instead of oil? Thank you!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 11, 2022

      I haven’t tested it but it could work. Please let us know if you experiment.

      Reply

  • Dracarys
    August 6, 2022

    Hi, Is it possible to skip egg in this recipe? If so, what should I add instead..

    Reply

  • Emily
    July 25, 2022

    Natasha, I have to provide cupcakes for a grown-up birthday party and tried so many recipes this past weekend that I could barely tolerate tasting another one. That said, you win both in ease and taste. Thank you! Can they be frozen with the frosting and if so, how should they be stored?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2022

      Hi Emily, thank you for your great comments and feedback. I haven’t tried that but one of our readers shared this “I made half the recipe of chocolate icing and frosted all 12 cupcakes. Individually wrapped them in Saran wrap, placed in a large zip lock bag and put in freezer. Freezing the icing was not a problem. I’m sooooo ready to bake more of these fantastic cupcakes. Thank you!” I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • AK
    July 19, 2022

    Hey Natasha,
    Is powdered sugar and granulated sugar the same?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 20, 2022

      The major difference between the two is the size of their particles. I recommend checking Google too for more tips.

      Reply

  • Francesca
    July 18, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    I’m from Canada, and I can’t seem to get my hands on any distilled white vinegar. Do you recommend any substitutes that I can use? Thanks for your help!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 18, 2022

      Hi Francesca, distilled white vinegar is the same thing as white vinegar. Can you find this in Canada? Apple Cider Vinegar would be the next best alternative.

      Reply

      • Louise
        August 15, 2022

        What is the purpose of the vinegar? I have never seen it in any of the other cupcake recipes?

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          August 15, 2022

          It reacts with the baking soda to make the cake rise. 🙂

          Reply

  • Amanda
    July 17, 2022

    I made these for a friend for her birthday, and they were a hit! I spent time beforehand looking for a chocolate cupcake recipe I could trust. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 18, 2022

      Thank you for the trust, Amanda, I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    July 12, 2022

    I actually used this recipe to make a 3 layer 6″ s’more cake. The cake/cupcakes are SO easy to make! I love the fact the batter comes quickly together with a whisk. 2 thumbs up!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 13, 2022

      Hi Lynn! That’s wonderful. Thank you for sharing that with up. I’m sure it was delicious!

      Reply

  • Jana
    July 11, 2022

    Natasha, these cupcakes are just to DIE FOR. I just took them out of the oven and they look perfect, and they tasted even better. Honestly, i was a little skeptical about the vinegar and the coffee but i am regretting my disbelief because they turned out beautiful. I didn’t make the chocolate buttercream, but a vanilla version by Betty Crocker and paired them together and it was a more balanced flavor combo for my pallette but others may love the rich and overpowering all chocolate flavor. Either way i loved the cupcakes and i loved how exited you were in your video.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 11, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Jana! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Greg
    July 3, 2022

    This is my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe! These cupcakes are moist and packed with tons of chocolate flavour. The best part about this recipe is that it takes me less than an hour to make. They are also super easy to make! Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 3, 2022

      You’re welcome, Greg. Thanks a lot for your good comments and feedback and good to hear that this is your go-to recipe!

      Reply

  • Carol Henderson
    July 1, 2022

    Hi Natasha!
    Would you sift and then measure the cocoa powder or measure and then sift?
    Many thanks

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 1, 2022

      Hi Carol! I usually fluff up my cocoa powder with a fork or spoon and then I measure it. If it’s clumpy, then I would also sift it before adding it to my recipe.

      Reply

  • Trisha
    June 28, 2022

    Hi Natasha , I haven’t tried this recipe yet and I want to make it perfect but the problem is I don’t have coffee so, What can you substitute for coffee?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 29, 2022

      You can substitute 1 cup coffee with 1 cup room temperature buttermilk. In my tests, the coffee gave the best color and more chocolate flavor. If you are concerned about caffeine, decaf coffee will also work.

      Reply

  • Alex G.
    June 17, 2022

    on your Chocolate Cake Recipe no Eggs are included, but in Chocolate Cupcake Recipe it does use Egg. Why is there No Egg in Cake Recipe? TIA Alex G.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2022

      Hi Alex, the cake is made specifically to be an egg-free cake.

      Reply

  • Kim
    June 16, 2022

    Hi there I have a few questions when using Canadian measurements what is the difference? Also what is the difference between regular white vinegar and distilled vinegar I can’t seem to find distilled vinegar

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 16, 2022

      Hi Kim, white vinegar is the same as distilled vinegar. I believe in Canada you use the metric system. You can convert most of my recipes to metric by clicking “metric” on the recipe card.

      Reply

  • Fiona
    June 7, 2022

    This was an amazing recipe! I was a little worried in the beginning that the vinegar and coffee taste would be in the cupcake but it wasn’t! and when I tasted it, it was like magic! thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 8, 2022

      Thank you for following the recipe as suggested, great to hear that you enjoyed it!

      Reply

      • Weiyi
        June 22, 2022

        They were amazing, but the sugar in the frosting was SO MUCH, and I didn’t follow my common sense and followed your recipe, and the product was SO SUGARY, but… who cares about some sugar?! Great to make. I highly recommend it.

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  • Lidiya
    June 2, 2022

    I doubled the recipe expecting to get 24 cupcakes but only got about 21.. not a big deal but I wonder if the Canadian flour would have anything to do with it? I put a mini Reese’s cup in the middle of the batter before baking for a nice peanut butter surprise 😋

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 2, 2022

      Most likely, if that is the only change that you did to the recipe then that might be the reason for it. I’m still glad you enjoyed the cupcakes!

      Reply

  • L RiverOtter
    May 30, 2022

    I’ve made these several times with various frostings. I use avocado oil instead of olive oil (don’t like the taste of olive oil in sweet baking though it’s great in bread recipes). Love how light they are and yet how richly chocolate flavored. They are always a hit. The vinegar and baking soda rise creates such a fluffy texture!

    I also used this as a base to make earl grey cupcakes as well. Brewed earl grey tea in place of coffee, almond flour in place of cocoa, some ground earl grey tea in with the dry ingredients for flavor, and replaced 1 tsp vanilla with almond extract. They were great!

    Will probably experiment with other flavors as well. Thanks for this!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 30, 2022

      Thank you for the awesome feedback. I appreciate you sharing your experimentation with the recipe.

      Reply

  • Cindy
    May 21, 2022

    I don’t care for coffee flavor, can I just substitute water?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 21, 2022

      Hi Cindy, that would be fine. The coffee is the secret ingredient here and makes these intensely chocolatey and gives the cupcakes a deeper color. You can’t really taste the coffee in these and you probably wouldn’t know it’s there if you didn’t read the recipe, but it really makes the chocolate flavor shine.

      Reply

  • Cath
    May 21, 2022

    Hi Natasha I want to make easy chocolate cupcakes. can I use white distilled malt vinegar or can I replace with something else. Thank you for your wonderful recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2022

      Hi Cath, I haven’t tried those substitutions, so I can’t speak to that. Substitutions may hinder the recipe outcome. I always suggest making a recipe as written the first time around.

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  • Keesha
    May 15, 2022

    Hi, Natasha. I used olive oil in my batter, and it tasted horrible. The olive oil was too strong. I think vegetable oil would’ve been a better choice. I re-did the recipe and it was delicious!

    Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 16, 2022

      Hello Keesha, did you use plain olive oil? It has to be the plain now and not extra virgin but canola or vegetable oil works well!

      Reply

  • Susie
    May 5, 2022

    Hi Natasha. I have used this recipe multiple times just as written. They turn out great every time! I take these to parties & family events. They disappear fast! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 5, 2022

      Great to hear that, Susie! Thank you for the wonderful feedback.

      Reply

    • Mary Ann
      May 7, 2022

      I made these and they turned out beautifully and taste really good! Thank you for the recipe! They were perfect!

      Reply

      • NatashasKitchen.com
        May 7, 2022

        So glad you enjoyed these.

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  • Catherine
    May 4, 2022

    Hi Natasha I love your recipes and videos. Can I use caster sugar instead of granulated, thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 4, 2022

      Hi Catherine, I haven’t tried a caster sugar substitutions, so I can’t speak to that. Substitutions may hinder the recipe outcome. I always suggest making a recipe as written if possible.

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  • Juana
    April 29, 2022

    Hello natasha, I need help please. Can i make it in one go for 75 cupcakes? Or should I make in batches of 12 or 24? Am afraid 75 can alter the texture n quality of them, it’s for tonight. Help me out please.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 29, 2022

      Hi Juana, you can adjust the servings by clicking “servings” in the recipe card and it should adjust the ingredients too.

      Reply

  • Juana
    April 29, 2022

    Hello Natasha, have 75 cupcakes to do. Can I make them in batches of 24. Or adjust the measurements to 75 directly? Am afraid 75 at one go will be too much. Help me out please, it’s for tonight.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 29, 2022

      Hi Juana, you can click “servings” on the recipe card to adjust the serving size and it will also adjust the ingredients. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Dale Kessler
    April 28, 2022

    Hello young lady I am having problems downloading your danish cheese recipe can you help me what’s going on

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 28, 2022

      The print-friendly recipe is at the bottom of each post. Once you scroll there, click on the print icon in that recipe card which will open a print screen, then you would need to click file —> print. I hope that helps! If not, please let me know exactly what steps you are taking and where you are navigating to print our recipes.

      Reply

  • Dianne Woods
    April 24, 2022

    You have 1 egg in this chocolate cupcake recipe but no eggs in your chocolate cake recipe. How can the cake rise with no egg or baking powder?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2022

      We use a different ingredient that helps with the rise for the Chocolate Cake.

      Reply

  • AV
    April 24, 2022

    I have been using this recipe for years and its perfect. I used whipping cream instead of your frosting and thought it turned out great. My family doesn’t eat sugar so I used honey instead.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2022

      Great to hear that honey works well too! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Joedy
    April 24, 2022

    Love this recipe.

    Can I swap all purpose flour to self raising flour? Is so, do I use the same amount?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 25, 2022

      I have not tested this to advise.

      Reply

  • Roxanne Sevillo
    April 23, 2022

    Hi Natasha may I know what is the ratio of coffee:warm water? Is it 3 tsp instant coffee into 1cup of warm water? TIA

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2022

      Hi Roxanne, we used brewed coffee but I suggest following the package instructions which will usually give you a fairly strong coffee.

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  • Margaret
    April 14, 2022

    Hi Natasha, these are the best chocolate cupcakes I’ve made and the icing is amazing, definitely going to try the vanilla cupcakes today thankyou for your amazing recipes

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Hello Margaret, thank you for the awesome feedback! That is so inspiring for us to receive some good reviews, thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Jessica
    April 13, 2022

    My 11yo and I made these but threw in some chocolate chips and made a lemon-cream cheese frosting. Also, the coffee I had was lavender infused and the faint lavender flavor was wonderful.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Hello Jessica, that’s great to hear! Thanks for sharing and glad you had a good time making this recipe with your 11-year-old.

      Reply

  • Francesca
    April 13, 2022

    Hi Natasha I want to make these for Easter, I have a question on one of your comments I read you used espresso for your coffee correct. Is that one cup?

    Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 13, 2022

      Hi Francesca, we used brewed coffee but I suggest following the package instructions which will usually give you a fairly strong cup of coffee.

      Reply

  • Maria
    April 1, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I just made your easy chocolate cupcake recipe ( double recipe) it yielded 48 wonderful , delicious cupcakes… ( even the second batch that I had to wait for the first ones to be cooked), puffed up beautifully.. I’ll know for next time, one recipe yields 24… easy-peasy recipe, I can’t wait to frost them and serve them at my daughter’s baby shower tomorrow. Thank you Natasha for your great recipe, next I’m going to make your vanilla ones… 🙏🏼💝

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 1, 2022

      Hi Maria, I am so happy to hear that. Thank you for sharing and I hope you love the vanilla ones as well!

      Reply

  • Kristen
    April 1, 2022

    Best chocolate cupcake recipe ever!! So easy and the coffee really does enhance the chocolate flavour. The only issue I ran into was thinking that I would overfill my cupcake pan, so I ended up making 17 cupcakes instead of 12, which was a mistake because some were too small in the end. Don’t be scared to fill them up – the recipe mentions 2/3 of the way but I could go a bit more than that without mess.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 1, 2022

      Hi Kristen, thanks for sharing your experience. I will these 2/3 of the way every time and have great results.

      Reply

  • Rachel
    March 26, 2022

    I had such high hopes for these cupcakes, and seeing the raving reviews I can only wonder what error I made. I ended up making three separate batches, and agonized over the measuring for the ingredients, the temperatures and the timing, and every batch failed miserably.

    I followed the recipe to a T, and when I didn’t get good results, I changed my baking time, to see if that would improve them, as I have a gas stove and perhaps it was baking them too fast, too hot.

    I’m not sure what went wrong, but they ended up sticking horribly to the cupcake wrappers, and tasted vaguely of the white vinegar! After trying to peel them from the wrapper, and ending up with a crumbly mess, I had to admit that the texture was good, but then the vinegar aftertaste nailed the coffin on this one.

    So sad, it must be my user error, as these worked for so many others. Back to the drawing table I go!

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    • Natasha
      March 26, 2022

      Hi Rachel, I’m sorry to hear that! What a bummer after 3 batches. I will do my best to troubleshoot. This has been a popular recipe for us. Did you possibly swap the leavening and use baking powder instead of soda? Baking soda is 4x stronger and does not substitute straight across. It sounds like you suspect the issue is with the oven – this recipe is not written for convection baking so adjustments would have to be made in that case. Also, you should not be able to sense the vinegar at all. It helps activate the baking soda but should not be noted in the final cupcake.

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      • Rachel
        March 28, 2022

        Hi Natasha!

        Thank you so much for replying, I want to work out the wrinkles and have amazing cupcakes! 🙂

        Oh, nope I double checked the soda vs powder (I’ve made that mistake before and learned!). My oven is gas, I’m not sure if it’s a convection but I’ll definitely check that now! That could be the culprit.

        For the vinegar, I read in the comments about substituting for buttermilk instead of vinegar and milk, so I’ll try that!

        Thank you so much for your help in troubleshooting, I hope this batch is the winner!

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  • Anita
    March 22, 2022

    Hi Natasha,

    I tried out this recipe and it turned out terrible. It tasted like raw dough. When I make it again, is there anything I can substitute the coffee with, like water or milk? Thanks 🙂
    Lots of Love from London

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 24, 2022

      Hi Anita, I’m sorry that it did not work out well for you. I have so many great reviews about this recipe. Did you make any substitutions? I hope you try again, look over the steps and ingredients recommended. I have not tested this but one of my readers said they used buttermilk instead of coffee and her family loved it. Also, be sure you are measuring your flour correctly as this could alter the taste and texture of the cupcakes. I hope this helps. https://natashaskitchen.com/how-to-measure-ingredients-video/

      Reply

  • Abby
    March 21, 2022

    I accidentally put regular sugar instead of powdered sugar for the frosting so I decided I’ll make cookies out of it and it actually came out pretty good.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2022

      Great to hear that, Abby! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Kathy
    March 14, 2022

    I used these as the base for “Ding Dong” cupcakes with an ermine frosting and whipped ganache. They were delicious.
    Thank you for your easy, excellent cupcakes. Much better than a box mix!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2022

      Yum! That sounds amazing, Kathy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Roxanne
    March 11, 2022

    Hi Natasha, with 1 cup of warm coffee.. what is the ratio of warm water and instant coffee (brand?)
    Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2022

      Hi Roxanne, we used espresso, but instant/ brewed works also and I recommend following the coffee packaging instructions to make a cup. I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Tina
    March 8, 2022

    These are the BEST chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever eaten and made. Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 8, 2022

      Wow! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Tina!

      Reply

  • Susana Bastos
    March 4, 2022

    Hello natacha, these cup cakes look good…kisses from Portugal

    Reply

  • Isabela
    February 24, 2022

    These are the best chocolate cupcakes EVER!! Thank you so much! (And by the way, I am Russian😊) Definitely making these again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2022

      Thanks a lot for your great comments and feedback, Isabela!

      Reply

  • Angelina
    February 23, 2022

    why did they turn out dry for what reason? what did i do wrong?
    Both, Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes 🙁

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2022

      Hi Angelina, a dry cupcake is usually the result of under-baking. The process is pretty fail-proof, but make sure to measure ingredients correctly. This article on measuring should help. Also, make sure to try the recipe exactly as written before making substitutions or modifications.

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      • Rose
        March 15, 2022

        Hello Natasha, my 7yr old Granddaughter and I are in the process of making these Cupcakes now but she says she knows they will be delicious.
        Thank you for sharing with us

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 15, 2022

          Aww, I love that you’re baking this together! I hope you both love it, Rose!

          Reply

      • natasha
        April 20, 2022

        Hey Natasha,

        Just wondering if you could male a suggestion regarding how to store the frosted cupcakes if I want to make them a day in advance.

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        • Natasha
          April 20, 2022

          It depends on the frosting you use. If you use a buttercream frosting, it would be ok to leave it at room temperature overnight. If it’s cream cheese based you should refrigerate overnight. It won’t hurt to just cover and refrigerate though – that is what I would do.

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  • Angelina
    February 21, 2022

    It’s going to taste better to use Vegetable oil or Olive oil, and if Olive oil then what kind? Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2022

      Hi Angelina, you can use canola or vegetable oil if you don’t have plain olive oil on hand.

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  • Julia
    February 18, 2022

    I’d like to make these cupcakes, however it’s for a kids party. Is the coffee flavor overwhelming?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2022

      Hi Julia, you shouldn’t taste the coffee. The coffee amplifies the chocolate flavor 🙂 I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Amelie R
    February 14, 2022

    Amazing recipe, my cakes came out so springy and moist and delicious. Used a jug to pour the batter into the cases as its quite thin and that worked really well. I’m over the moon that I’ve found the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      I’m happy to hear that you loved this recipe, Amelie. Thank you so much for the review!

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  • Marci
    February 13, 2022

    Natasha, fantastic recipe for both the cupcakes and frosting! Instructions were exact down to the cooking time. I doubled the recipe for a super bowl party; rave reviews. My piping skills could use some improvement but overall a great success!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      I’m sure you’ll do better as you practice. Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Marci!

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  • Kim
    February 12, 2022

    Do you have any gluten free recipes for children. Chocolate cup cakes etc please

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2022

      Hi Kim, here are the Gluten-Free recipes on my website so far.

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  • Adriana R
    February 11, 2022

    Hi! I made these and it didn’t turn out the way I had wanted. I’m not too sure why. Maybe I over-mixed the ingredients. But it still tasted great! The tops just weren’t the right texture. Thank you sharing your recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 11, 2022

      I’m glad it tasted great! I hope you give it another try soon!

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  • Emily
    February 7, 2022

    Delicious! I’m making them for a library baking club, and managed to reduce the baking time to 15 minutes at 375, and was also able to make it all in one bowl! The kids are going to love them!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

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  • Sonia
    February 4, 2022

    These are better than bakery cupcakes! I ate one and it will be hard to not eat the rest. Amazingly delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 4, 2022

      These cupcakes are so good! Now I’m craving one! Thank you so much for sharing that great review with me, Sonia!

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  • Abby
    February 2, 2022

    Hi! So I have been searching for the best tasting quick and easy chocolate cupcakes. These were PERFECT!!! I did a batch of coffee and a batch with buttermilk, my whole family liked the buttermilk better. My only thing is that next time I will probably add more cocoa powder if you are using buttermilk. Other than that these were the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever made! And they were very quick and easy.

    For my buttermilk, I use milk and you can add either vinegar or lemon juice, for this I used lemon juice since there was already vinegar in the recpie and it was DELICIOUS!!

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipie!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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  • Wendy Lynch
    January 26, 2022

    One word…WOW! I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfectly! I used pure vanilla I had received as a gift from St Maarten…what a difference. No need to look any further for the perfect chocolate cupcake! Thank you so much Natasha ☺️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2022

      You’re so welcome, Wendy. I’m happy that this recipe wowed you! I hope you’ll love all the other recipes that you will try.

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  • Natasha
    January 24, 2022

    Hi Sheila, a dry cupcake is usually the result of under-baking.

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    • Justin
      February 7, 2022

      Hey, Natasha? Do you know why my brownies dry out after an hour or so out of the oven, is it under baked? They tasted fine though.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 8, 2022

        Hi Justin, I wouldn’t leave them out unnecessarily. I recommend storing them in an airtight container.

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  • Lily
    January 22, 2022

    These are the best cupcakes I have ever had! Perfect amount of sweetness, moist, and just the right amount of richness. The coffee makes it amazing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2022

      Isn’t it so good! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Edith
    January 21, 2022

    Best cup cake I ever made. Moist and not too sweet. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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  • Fahima
    January 16, 2022

    Is it ok to omit vinegar or replace it with something else? If replacing what is suitable to replace it?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Hi Fahima, I haven’t tested anything besides vinegar, but vinegar does help activate the baking soda, and the reaction helps to darken the color of the cupcake. Another one of our readers substituted it with lime juice. Here’s what they said ”I just made these today and woww🤤🤤🤤🤤they were the best chocolate cupcakes ever definitely gonna try again and also I used lime juice instead of white distilled vinegar and still it was soo good. I hope this helps!

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  • Dancelita
    January 16, 2022

    Ms Natasha can I use 100% wheat flour instead of all purpose flour in this cup cake?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Hello there, I honestly have not tried that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

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  • marilyn
    January 16, 2022

    did you seen me a text that I won something from you if you did please let me know if not please let me know I have never got something like that before so help me out it said I won 750 please help

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Hi Marilyn, I didn’t send any messages and I don’t have any giveaways at the moment.

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      • Marie Roberts
        April 24, 2022

        There was a scam offering people pries/gifts from you. Thankfully I realized in time before I gave any details to the page, They selected a number of people from those who had responded initiallyand then you were redirected. perhaps you have been hacked

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          April 25, 2022

          Hi Marie, yes, scammers are relentless in their pursuit. When you see these types of accounts, please report them and block them.

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  • Leesha
    January 12, 2022

    Wow!! is all I have to say… This is by far thee most amazing cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. Super chocolatey and moist. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 12, 2022

      That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Leesha!

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  • Ouma Beekia
    January 9, 2022

    Best cupcake recipes ever, i have made two batches already, my kids love it. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      You’re so welcome!

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  • Adin
    December 22, 2021

    This is the best cupcake recipe I’ve ever seen! For such a quick and easy recipe, it came out amazing. The chocolate and coffee go so well together and it’s not over powering. Thanks so much Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 22, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review, Adin!

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  • jenn
    December 21, 2021

    wow I made this with 1 tbsp instant coffee with cream cheese filling and they are awesome thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Jenn!

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  • Megan
    December 20, 2021

    Hi!

    I was wondering if you think this will turn out if I use apple cider vinegar in place of white vinegar and dairy free milk in place of the coffee? I want to make for my daughters birthday but she has many food allergies. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2021

      Hi Megan, I haven’t tested anything besides vinegar, but vinegar does help activate the baking soda, and the reaction helps to darken the color of the cupcake. I peeked through the comments, and I’m not finding anyone mentioning a dairy-free substitute either. I wish I could be more helpful here. If you happen to experiment with either, I’d love to know how you like this recipe.

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    • victoria
      April 13, 2022

      Hi, Natasha! I want to make these, but am wondering if the yield is 12 or 24 in a normal cupcake tin. I’ve seen a comment saying it’s 24, and just want some clarification. Thanks!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        April 13, 2022

        Hi Victoria, we used a 12-count muffin tin. If you use a cupcake tin it should make 24.

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  • Ruth
    December 19, 2021

    Made these cupcakes and they were amazing!!! I would like to make it into a cake with eggs. I know that you have a chocolate cake recipe but it has no eggs. Can I use this exact cupcake receipt as a cake?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Hi Ruth, this recipe doesn’t rely on eggs and they are not necessary for the cake.

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  • Umaina Khan
    December 17, 2021

    WOW! BEST CUPCAKES EVER. they are so moist, not too sweet, chocolately, and super easy to make! amazing recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Umaina!

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  • Shakira
    December 7, 2021

    I made this recipe before and it came out great. Today I tried to make it into a cake. But the batter was extremely lumpy and the cake is gummy:( idk what went wrong

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    • Natasha
      December 7, 2021

      Hi Shakira, we have a chocolate cake version of this recipe. Click here to get our chocolate cake recipe which also has a video tutorial so you can see where things may have gone wrong.

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  • Vinko Tavcar
    December 6, 2021

    They look delicious. I wonder if a cream filling could be inserted and make them even better than Hostess does?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 6, 2021

      Hi Vinko, I haven’t tested that, but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Anna
    December 4, 2021

    great recipe Natasha, I wonder why there’s no baking power…
    I made the exact measurement and added 1 TSP of BP..the frosting is fantastic..

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 4, 2021

      Hi Anna, we used baking soda in this recipe so baking powder is not needed.

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  • Agnes
    November 8, 2021

    Bonjour Natasha
    il faut que j’arrête de faire vos recettes (j’ai pris 5kg depuis que je suis abonnée) trop trop bonnes !!!!!!!!Bon promis juré je commencerais un régime après les fêtes!!!!!!!
    Bises
    Agnès

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes, Agnes!

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  • Remy Thompson
    October 27, 2021

    I made the chocolate cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting. It taste really good. It was moist. The cream cheese frosting was the best. My coworkers like it to.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 28, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Rhemy. I’m glad you all loved it!

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  • Mimi
    October 23, 2021

    The best cupcake! I made these twice already they are moist and delicious! Thank you so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Mimi!

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  • Dudu
    October 22, 2021

    This is the best recipe ever! My cupcakes where so delicious , oh my god they are so moist and sweet. Just perfect.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Dudu!

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      • Bhumi
        December 11, 2021

        I was a bit sceptical as my batter looked very wet and runny but I trusted the recipe and baked them anyway. They came out so perfectly moist!! I paired them with a classic American buttercream and they taste delicious. Thankyou!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 11, 2021

          I’m so happy they turned out perfectly, Bhumi!

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  • Joana
    October 20, 2021

    These turned out fantastic! I added toasted walnuts for a little crunch. Also used your white buttercream frosting. Wonderful recipes, thank you for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 21, 2021

      You’re welcome! Great to hear that you loved these cupcakes!

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  • Kathy
    October 18, 2021

    Perfect! I made them this morning and they are moist and chocolaty! There was a lot of leftover batter (filled 12 muffin tins) so I scooped it into a mini muffin tin – additional 16 mini bites! I followed the recipe exactly – no need to make changes. Thanks, Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 18, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Kathy!

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  • Trease Jamrog
    October 17, 2021

    Your chocolate cupcakes recipe was divine!! Made 50 of them for church for Pastor Appreciation and everyone raved! I gave you credit for the delicious flavors. Also used your Buttercream frosting recipe and tinted it orange and yellow, with piped chocolate leaf on top.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      I’m happy to hear that it was a huge hit!

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  • Julie
    October 8, 2021

    Hi Natasha – These are the absolute best chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever made. Adding coffee was a game changer! I always use foil-lined baking cups (not the paper ones) so nothing sticks. I made half the recipe of chocolate icing and frosted all 12 cupcakes. Individually wrapped them in Saran wrap, placed in a large zip lock bag and put in freezer. Freezing the icing was not a problem. I’m sooooo ready to bake more of these fantastic cupcakes. Thank you!!!

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  • Faith
    October 5, 2021

    hi my name is faith and i am 12 years old and i want to say those chocalate cupcakes are realy delicious

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 6, 2021

      Hello Faith, yes these are so good. I hope you can try or taste this soon!

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  • Sathmi Peiris
    September 23, 2021

    I made the cupcakes and it was so good and tasty.
    There were a lot of icing left as we don’t eat too much sweet.
    That being said,
    Can I double the ingredients and bake it in a pan? If so how much long do I have to bake?

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    • Natasha
      September 23, 2021

      HI Sathmi, I have the chocolate cake version of this recipe posted. I hope you totally love it!

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      • Sathmi Peiris
        September 23, 2021

        Thank you very much.It’s an egg less recipe, Does not adding eggs make a huge difference?

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        • Natasha
          September 24, 2021

          Hi Sathmi, this recipe doesn’t rely on eggs and they are not necessary for the cake.

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  • Gluten Free Girl
    September 20, 2021

    I made this recipe gluten free by using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 and they came out perfect. (You have to cook them a minute or two after the toothpick comes out clean so they don’t sink.)
    I made a batch of GF recipe cupcakes and they were awful. But this one was lovely!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 20, 2021

      Glad you enjoyed making a gluten-free version of this recipe!

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    • Rita
      December 6, 2021

      I was just going to ask if 1:1 gf flour works well, thanks, I will try it

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    • Alizé
      January 7, 2022

      What frosting do you prefer with these cupcakes? I want to try out the recipe but unsure which frosting to try.

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  • Lee
    September 20, 2021

    I know there have been a few comments concerning the vinegar, I live in Spain and I cannot find Distilled White Vinegar anywhere not even Amazon unless it is imported from the US which is very expensive. Can anyone advise if they have tried using Raw Apple Cider Vinegar? I see lime juice is one possible alternative but I want to keep as close to the recipe as possible

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 20, 2021

      Hi Lee, I haven’t tested anything besides vinegar but vinegar does help to activate the baking soda and the reaction helps to darken the color of the cupcake as well.

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  • Karen Mason
    September 19, 2021

    I use the chocolate cupcake recipe to make a one layer cake. I made two adjustments: I reduced the flour to 1 1/4 cups and reduced the oven temperature to 340 degrees. The cake was done in a little over 30 minutes. This cake was by far the best I have ever made. Moist and did not sink in the middle . It was also easy to handle as I split the layer in half to make a place forest cake. I find i the cake easier to handle when I refrigerate it for a few hrs after it has cooled completely. Thank you so much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2021

      You are so welcome, Karen. Kudos to you too for doing a great job!

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  • Yvonne Mills
    September 14, 2021

    I would really like to make your chocolate cup cakes for my great grandchildren, but I can’t copy the quantities out fast enough! Is there a written recipe anywhere please Natasha? x

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      Hi Yvonne! Yes, The blog post has the written recipe at the top of the recipe click “jump to recipe,” and that will take you to the recipe card!

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