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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 34 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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  • 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?

    Reply

  • 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!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 20, 2021

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

      Reply

  • 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

    Reply

    • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2021

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

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • Kess
    September 13, 2021

    I used this recipe to make black forest cupcakes for family afternoon tea and it was a star of the table. I followed the recipe to the tee other than used lime juice instead of vinegar. Its the best chocolate sponge/cake I’ve ever had and made everyone still speaking of how was they were. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a hit! That’s so great! Thank you for your wonderful review, Kess!

      Reply

  • Martha
    September 11, 2021

    Hi Natasha. I am anxious to try these but am wondering if I need to make any adjustments for altitude? I live in Colorado.

    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2021

      Hi Martha! I don’t have experience with high altitude, but this high altitude guide has been my reader go-to! I hope it’s helpful!

      Reply

  • Aamni Saraswat
    September 8, 2021

    Hi Natasha, approximately how many cupcakes does this make?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 8, 2021

      Hi Aamni, this makes 12 cupcakes.

      Reply

  • Nishali
    August 28, 2021

    Hi Natasha. I don’t have coffee or buttermilk, but I really like to try this recipe. what should add instead?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2021

      Hi Nishali, it really needs those ingredients. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own buttermilk at a ratio of 1 cup whole milk to 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Combine and let it sit 10 minutes to curdle then stir and use. I hope this helps!

      Reply

  • Karen
    August 26, 2021

    Hi Natasha, would this work in a 9×13 pan with same amounts?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 26, 2021

      Hi Karen, I honestly haven’t tested that to advise.

      Reply

  • Selene
    August 26, 2021

    Can you use instant coffee? Or does it have to be freshly brewed?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 26, 2021

      Hi Selene, your favorite coffee will work; 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

  • Kim Petersen
    August 16, 2021

    Hi
    Can I just double the recipe to make 24 cupcakes?
    Thanks,
    Kim

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2021

      Hi Kim! YEs, doubling the recipe will make 24. I would double all the ingredients.

      Reply

  • Jenny
    August 6, 2021

    Hi Natasha!
    What will be the substitute for coffee? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2021

      Hi Jenny, 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. But also, please see the section in the recipe titled: “Can I Substitute the Coffee?”

      Reply

  • Lynette
    August 5, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I would like to know if I can cook/bake the chocolate cupcake using a steamer and if yes how many minutes. Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      Hi Lynette, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you happen to experiment, I’d love to know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Judith Sanchez
    July 31, 2021

    I made a batch of this but they tasted too much like dark chocolate. A little bitter.. how can I correctly calculate the coffee?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      August 1, 2021

      Hi Judith, make sure to use the correct type of cocoa – natural unsweetened (not dutch process). Also, make sure not to reduce the amount of sugar that balances the chocolate flavor. I suggest making a cup of coffee according to the package instructions depending on how you are preparing coffee (drip versus instant).

      Reply

  • Patti
    July 30, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    We are going to a picnic. I’d like to bring these cupcakes. I’m wondering, will your buttercream frosting hold up to summer heat?
    If not, do you have one that will?
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha
      August 1, 2021

      Hi Patti, this chocolate buttercream would hold up better than other non-buttercream frostings, but it should still be kept out of the sun and refrigerated as long as possible until you need to put them out in heat.

      Reply

  • Hazel
    July 28, 2021

    I tried to make these cupcakes and they came out dense and the bottoms of the cupcakes were sunk in. What do you think I did wrong?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 28, 2021

      Hi Hazel, 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.

      Reply

  • Patti
    July 27, 2021

    Can you tell me which of your frosting would be best to use for an hot outdoors picnic? Thank you.

    Reply

  • Allison B
    July 27, 2021

    I made4 batches of these cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream frosting for my son’s birthday party earlier this month and everyone loved them! We couldn’t stop eating them and now I can’t stop thinking about them… I think about them daily. Thanks for all the recipes and cute videos!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 27, 2021

      Hi Allison, glad to hear that these cupcakes were a hit! Thanks for your review, I appreciate it.

      Reply

  • Patricia
    July 27, 2021

    Made these for my daughter’s birthday. I’m often looking for a cake recipe that doesn’t come out dry. This recipe was moist, easy and delicious! I doubled the recipe thinking I’d have 24 cupcakes but ended up with 36. I’m saving this recipe as a go to for chocolate cake going forward!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 27, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

      Reply

  • Maham
    July 25, 2021

    The BEST cupcakes and buttercream recipe I have ever tried, can’t stop making them 🤤

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2021

      That’s awesome feedback, thank you so much!

      Reply

  • Maham Ali
    July 25, 2021

    The BEST cupcakes and buttercream recipe I have ever tried, can’t stop making them 🤤

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2021

      Love your feedback, thanks a lot for your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Fatima
    July 19, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I made 3 batches of these cupcakes today. They were super moist and fluffy but all 3 batches had a strong bitter acidic after taste. Is it because of the vinegar? I used exactly a tablespoon and not more. This recipe is so easy that I really want to save it as my go to chocolate cake batter. Please help me figure out the reason behind this taste.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      July 20, 2021

      Hi Fatima, did you possibly substitute any of the ingredients or possibly use too much baking soda? I’ve never experienced that kind of aftertaste.

      Reply

      • Fatima
        July 26, 2021

        I used natural white vinegar that doesn’t say distilled. I guess that might have caused it.

        Reply

    • Nancy
      July 22, 2021

      I sometimes get this after taste when I use dutch processed cocoa instead of natural cocoa for recipes that also use baking soda so I switch to Hershey’s instead of the Valrhona brand I typically use. You may want to try that and see if that takes care of it.

      Reply

      • Fatima
        July 27, 2021

        I used Hershey’s cocoa for this recipe. 😊
        I think it has to do with the natural vinegar that I uses.

        Reply

  • Sydney
    July 19, 2021

    Hi Natasha! What is the key to perfect frosting piping on a cup cake?

    Reply

  • Virginia
    July 19, 2021

    I thought about using fora base of Strawberry shortcake. What do you think

    Reply

    • Natasha
      July 19, 2021

      Hi Virginia, do you mean making a chocolate strawberry shortcake? I haven’t tried that.

      Reply

  • Ranuth wijesinghe
    July 9, 2021

    Oh natasha I tried these but they cam out like fudge do you know whats the culprit

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 10, 2021

      Hi Ranuth, it sounds like they didn’t rise properly. I would double-check you used the correct ingredients like baking soda.

      Reply

      • Ranuth Wijesinghe
        July 11, 2021

        Thanks Natasha i added baking powder so I think that’s why. Youre the best.Keep it up

        Reply

  • Ayesha Roodman
    July 5, 2021

    I tried this recipe out for the first time and the cupcakes came out perfect!! I doubled the ingredients and actually got about 30 cupcakes out of it. It’s a great simple recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2021

      We love simple recipes!! Glad you enjoyed this also Ayesha!

      Reply

  • Soad Fahim
    July 5, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I have to tell you that I’m so addicted to your videos!! I go on Facebook to watch your videos! I feel that I’m part of your family!
    You’re doing an amazing job! God bless!!
    I have a question for you: can I use buttermilk & coffee? Did you try it?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2021

      Aww! Thank you, Soad! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes! I have tested this with buttermilk, it was a bit less chocolaty and lighter in color with buttermilk.

      Reply

  • Robin Shultz
    June 29, 2021

    This is by far my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and I’ve been baking for 55 years! The coffee really does give the chocolate flavor a boost. They are perfect! I had a friend suggest piping Nutella into the center after they had cooled and then to make the chocolate buttercream frosting to top it. OMG! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 29, 2021

      Hi Robin, that’s fantastic feedback! Thank you so much for sharing that with us, I’m really happy to know that you enjoyed these cupcakes.

      Reply

  • Nelum Yashodhara
    June 14, 2021

    I loved it! Thank You Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 14, 2021

      You’re welcome, glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Tej
    June 8, 2021

    These chocolate cupcakes are absolutely divine. Frosted those with crushed Oreo buttercream 🙂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Tej! We absolutely love them!

      Reply

  • Diana
    June 5, 2021

    Hi Natasha!
    I watch your videos on Facebook, and when I saw the video for these cupcakes I knew I had to try them. I made them today and they are delicious!!!!
    The chocolate buttercream frosting is delicious too! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 5, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Kamlesh
    June 5, 2021

    Natasha thank you sooooo much for this recipe . Will try soon . The one I have is different. My granddaughter loves cupcakes and I often make them . To make the exact way you made pls let me know how much coffee to put in one cup of water

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 5, 2021

      Hi Kamlesh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Your favorite coffee will work; 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

  • Ash
    June 2, 2021

    Hi Ms. Natasha!

    Hope you’re doing good these days!
    I would Just like to to ask, What can we substitute for White Distilled Vinegar. It’s not actually available in my region and I really wanna make these cupcakes for my mom!

    Have a great day and my god Bless you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2021

      Hi Ash, I imagine that would work but we always use distilled vinegar. 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 cup cakes ever definitely gonna try again and also i used lime juice instead of white distilled vinegar and still it was soo good. Thank you soo much natasha for thus recipe ❤” I hope this helps!

      Reply

  • Nefely
    May 31, 2021

    I made these… It tasted really great! It was a good pair with the buttercream. (I made few adjustments with the sugar but still it tastes great!)Thank you for the recipe!

    I’m a fan of your recipes btw 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 31, 2021

      That is fantastic feedback, thank you so much for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • lheigh
    May 31, 2021

    Hi Natasha
    I just made this cupcake, sooo yummy the best chocolate cupcake , and I will try the frosting next time, my son love it.
    Thank you,

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Sonam
    May 30, 2021

    Hi Natasha… I wanted to try this recipe… but wanted to ask u how much coffee u added to one cup of water ?
    Regards

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      Hello there, we use brewed coffee but I suggest following the package instructions which will usually give you a fairly strong coffee.

      Reply

  • Paula
    May 30, 2021

    I made these for my husbands birthday and they were delicious. I picked this recipe because it was for only 12 cupcakes and we didn’t need a lot. Everyone raved about them, especially the chocolate cream cheese frosting I paired them with. We will definitely make both again

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      Sounds great, Paula! Great to know that the recipe was a hit, thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Elenar Ettinoffe-Dubique
    May 30, 2021

    Omg!!! These are soooo good!! I made them and they all disappeared before I could even frost them!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      Glad this cake recipe was a big hit!

      Reply

  • Amy Wonder
    May 29, 2021

    #checkoutnatasha

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Thanks Amy!! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

      Reply

  • Amy Wonder
    May 29, 2021

    Thank you, in advance!

    Reply

  • Amy Wonder
    May 29, 2021

    Do I have to use a specific kind of coffee for this and your chocolate cake?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Hi Amy, your favorite coffee will work; we used espresso, but instant/ brewed works also. 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

  • Elizabeth Franklin
    May 25, 2021

    Do you sift the dry ingredients?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 25, 2021

      Hi Elizabeth, I will always specify in my recipes if the dry ingredients need to be sifted. I did not sift in this one.

      Reply

  • Chloé
    May 24, 2021

    Amazing recipe! I decided to make this for my boyfriend’s birthday, and we both loved it :). Instead of making cupcakes, I baked the batter in an 8-inch round cake pan. This made a delicious one-layer cake. I used the baking instructions from the chocolate cake recipe (350F oven, 35 minutes, center rack). I buttered the pan and lined with parchment as the instructions stated and had no sticking issues, after 15 minutes of cooling in the pan it easily turned out onto a wire cooling rack. I used canola oil and also cut down the sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup (just a personal preference) and it was divine. To top it off, I made the 6-minute Chocolate Buttercream recipe but halved it. I followed that recipe to a T with one exception: cut down the powdered sugar to just a 1/2 cup (again, personal preference). Not only is this cake super easy to make, but it rose perfectly, had a deep chocolate flavor, and was super moist. This will for sure be my go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on! The videos accompanying the recipe are a huge bonus too!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 24, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Chloe! Thank you so much for sharing that with me and our readers! BTW, we have a similar cake HERE.

      Reply

  • Tina Bertizlian
    May 21, 2021

    Hi Natasha. I like your smile and your recipes. I tried the chocolate cupcakes and they were amazing however my concern is about the frosting. I did exactly the same but still can feel the sandy texture of the powder sugar. Is that something that we can fix?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 21, 2021

      Hi Tina, you shouldn’t be able to sense the texture of the powdered sugar. Make sure to use powdered or confectioners sugar and not courser ground sugar. Also, be sure to mix for the recommended time at med/high speed in a stand mixer. If using a hand mixer, you need to mix a little longer. Lastly, make sure to use the same proportions of ingredients in the recipe without modifications. I always recommend that for the first time making a recipe before making changes. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Oseta Austria
    May 19, 2021

    I’ve been an Avid fan of yours and been following all your Recipes and save them from my FB account. I’m trying to make my own from your recipes.
    Also, the way you prepare there’s always some kind of ad-lib, (impromptu). I like that. Thank you Natasha.❤

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 20, 2021

      Hello Oseta, I’m happy to know that you’ve been enjoying my recipes. I hope you’ll love every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • Vera
    May 18, 2021

    This looks amazing! If I were to make these into mini cupcakes how long should I bake them? Any other adjustments?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2021

      Hi Vera, I would actually have to test that to advise and I haven’t tried that yet. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • Amanda
    May 16, 2021

    Hi Natasha I am only making 6 cupcakes, but could I still use 1 egg for the recipe?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2021

      Hi Amanda, I would use half an egg; otherwise, you will need to adjust the rest of your ingredients. To get half an egg, I usually break it in a small ramekin/ bowl, stir it and put half into the recipe.

      Reply

  • Ayni
    May 12, 2021

    Hello Natasha! I really want to make this recipe but I wanna know if I can substitute olive oil for canola oil and is there any substitute for using coffee? Thanks!🙏

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    • Ayni
      May 12, 2021

      That’s not buttermilk because I don’t have that.

      Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2021

      HI Ayni, canola oil will work too. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the coffee in the final product, but it really amplifies the flavor of chocolate. Feel free to substitute with decaf coffee if you prefer.

      Reply

  • Nicaela
    May 11, 2021

    I made this a week ago and it was superb! From the list of the ingredients down the after baking result! and that 6-minute frosting!!! Hmmm nyumnyum! Thanks a lot Natasha for sharing your recipes for free!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2021

      You’re very welcome! I’m already happy that you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • K
    May 8, 2021

    These look delicious! I was wondering if I could use brown sugar instead of white granulated sugar. Also for the coffee, is it okay if I use espresso coffee?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2021

      Hi K, I haven’t tried those substitutions yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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      • K
        May 29, 2021

        I made these a few weeks ago, using brown sugar and espresso coffee and they turned out delicious!! They were really moist and fluffy. Thank you!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          May 29, 2021

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

          Reply

  • Hable
    May 7, 2021

    This recipe looks soooo good! I was wondering if I could halve this recipe to make 6 cupcakes. Will it work that way? Or should I store the remaining batter for a different time? Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 7, 2021

      Hi Hable, halving the recipe will work. Simply halve all the ingredients. I recommend clicking “Jump to recipe” at the top of the post, it will take you to our printable recipe where you’ll have the option to change the number of servings. Hover over the number of servings highlighted in red and slide it to how many servings you would like to make. I hope that helps!

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  • Jennifer
    May 7, 2021

    Hi! How many tablespoons of coffee did you put? And what is the number of your ice cream scooper?

    Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      May 7, 2021

      Hi Jennifer, I used my coffee maker. I would suggest making it according to the package instructions to make a normal strong cup of coffee. Here is the ice cream scoop we used for portioning.

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  • Asha Jose
    May 6, 2021

    Baked these a few days ago. Love love love love it!!!
    So moist n fluffy n the cake itself isn’t very sweet. The frosting takes care of that.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 6, 2021

      Hello Asha, thanks for your great review and feedback. I’m glad you loved the recipe!

      Reply

  • Rashmi Gaikwad
    May 6, 2021

    Is there any substitute for eggs??

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  • Tanuja
    May 6, 2021

    Can I use icing sugar for cream frosting?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 6, 2021

      Hi Tanuja! I haven’t tested that to advise.

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  • Holly Haywood
    May 5, 2021

    thanks for this amazing recipe. I baked this yesterday and the taste was extremely amazing. The cake is not overly sweet like other recipes I have tried.
    This is the best chocolate cupcakes I’ve baked. Very moist and fluffy vanilla chocolatey.
    I halved the recipe and got about 15 cupcakes.
    This should be the only chocolate recipe one should ever have.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 5, 2021

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

      Reply

  • Lora
    May 3, 2021

    I couldn’t stop eating these…meant to give some away, lol.
    Natasha, I love your recipes because you address the questions I would probably have ahead of time, like freezing, substitutions, etc. Please keep the great recipes coming!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2021

      Thanks for your great feedback, Lora. I will always do my best!

      Reply

  • Rita
    May 3, 2021

    I messed up the recipe. The cupcakes were lumpy, dry and
    Tasted like coffee. I also
    Made this with my 5 year old so I am sure it was something we did. We will try again.

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    • Natasha
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Rita, 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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  • Sharon
    May 3, 2021

    Hi I can’t seem to find the two ingredients to make the vanilla please help thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Sharon, we have them linked in this recipe HERE.

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  • Mehak Seth
    May 3, 2021

    Hello dear ,
    Love you recipes and more than that I like you alot …you are very energetic and beautiful..
    May I suggest something try your hand on indian punjabi cuisine as well ,I am sure you are gonna rock that too.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment and suggestion!

      Reply

  • Becky Sloan
    May 3, 2021

    Before making the Chocolate Cupcakes I’m wondering if being in a higher elevation changes the oven temp and/or time cooking. We’re at 3400′ elevation. Love all of your recipes! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Becky, I haven’t tried making this at a high altitude yet, but you can use this High Altitude Baking guide if you need it. I’m baking at 2700 altitude.

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  • Anya
    May 2, 2021

    Can I substitute the distilled white vinegar for pure white vinegar?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Anya, I imagine that would work but we always use distilled vinegar. Another one of our readers substituted it with line juice. Here’s what they said “”I just made these today and woww🤤🤤🤤🤤they were the best chocolate cup cakes ever definitely gonna try again and also i used lime juice instead of white distilled vinegar and still it was soo good. Thank you soo much natasha for thus recipe ❤””

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  • Cynthia Leek
    May 2, 2021

    What would be the best adjustment for high altitude?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Cynthia, I haven’t tried making this at a high altitude yet, but you can use this High Altitude Baking guide if you need it.

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  • Sendini Perera
    May 2, 2021

    I just made these today and woww🤤🤤🤤🤤they were the best chocolate cup cakes ever definitely gonna try again and also i used lime juice instead of white distilled vinegar and still it was soo good. Thank you soo much natasha for thus recipe ❤

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      That’s just aweosme! I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe, Sendini! Thank you for sharing this great review!

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  • Jenn
    May 2, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I can’t wait to try these. I was thinking about adding some carrot or zucchini just to sneak some vegetables into my kids. Do you have any recommendations for how to add this to your recipe and how much.

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    • Natasha
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Jenn, I have not tried making this a chocolate zucchini or chocolate carrot cake, but I love that idea!

      Reply

  • Shifa
    May 1, 2021

    Hi
    Having trouble with incorporating sugar?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Shifa, I recommend watching the video but also making sure you’re using the same sugar we are.

      Reply

  • Marta Venturini
    May 1, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I really really dislike coffee so I’m worried that these will taste like coffee. Can I sub the coffee with something else? Thanks in advance. I *love* your recipes!

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    • Marta Venturini
      May 1, 2021

      Sorry, just saw a note of yours that said that we can sub the coffee with buttermilk, but there isn’t buttermilk for sale at the supermarkets here in Portugal, so I would have to make some at home (with milk and vinegar). Would that work?

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 1, 2021

        Hi Marta, I havne’t tried that with vinegar, but it milk and lemon make buttermilk!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Marta, 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. But also, please see the section in the recipe titled: “Can I Substitute the Coffee?”

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  • Donna
    May 1, 2021

    Would the batter be enough for two 7-inch cake pans?

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    • Natasha
      May 1, 2021

      Hi Donna, I haven’t tested that. I would double for 2 9-inch cake pans. They might be a little short, but I think you could make that work.

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  • Cathy
    May 1, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I use your vanilla birthday cake recipe often but I did request a good chocolate cake recipe and you posted one. Ever since I seen your chocolate cake recipe, it’s the only one I use. Last week I made your chocolate cake recipe with a peanut butter filling I found online and your chocolate buttercream frosting. It was absolutely delicious! Your recipes never disappoint. Thank you for always sharing. I want to share a photo but I don’t see the option.

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    • Natasha
      May 1, 2021

      That sounds amazing! I want to know more about the peanut butter filling. Peanut butter and chocolate are a delicious combination.

      Reply

  • Neth
    May 1, 2021

    Can I use dutch processed cocoa?. I just looove your recipes and your jolly personality. Thank you ♥️ from the Philippines

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    • Natasha
      May 1, 2021

      Hi Neth, please see the “Common Questions” section where we mention the type of cocoa we recommend. We do not recommend Dutch process cocoa here because it is usually used with baking powder natural cocoa is used in combination with baking soda.

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  • Julie
    May 1, 2021

    Hi there I love all your cakes
    Do you have to put vinegar in the chocolate cup cakes. X

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  • MONIKA
    April 30, 2021

    Hi! Love your blog…but mostly I love your joy. Two questions:
    1) Do you use fine salt or bigger grain salt? I ask because it will change the proportion depending on the grain size; and
    2) Do the nutritional facts include the frosting or just the cake?

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    • Natasha
      May 1, 2021

      Hi Monika, I use fine sea salt. The nutritional facts are only for the cupcakes since the frosting is a separate recipe. I usually have the nutrition label reflect the ingredients listed in the recipe card and this one is just the cupcake.

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  • Annah
    April 30, 2021

    Will it be bitter without milk?

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    • Natasha
      April 30, 2021

      Hi Annah, it won’t be bitter. I have tested this with buttermilk and the taste wasn’t sweeter, but it was less chocolaty and lighter in color with buttermilk.

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  • Betsy
    April 30, 2021

    These cupcakes are so moist! So delicious! Love the coffee flavor! Perfect with a nice cup of cold milk.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2021

      The perfect treat! I’m s glad you enjoyed these cupcakes, Betsy!

      Reply

  • Amirah
    April 30, 2021

    This recipe looks amazing! I most definitely cannot and will not wait to make it! Also, I have a few suggestion recipes which are: chocolate Reese’s stuffed cupcakes, turtle brownies, caramel stuffed chocolates, and rocky road ice cream. Thanks so much for the recipes! Keep it up! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2021

      Great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Beth
    April 30, 2021

    I have two chocolate lovers here and these are perfect for dessert tonight! Definitely going to be a big hit here!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2021

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

      Reply

  • Shivana Toolsie Sanchez
    April 30, 2021

    Omg cant wait to try it all your recipes are a family favorite

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe! We look forward to your feedback!

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  • Sendini Perera
    April 30, 2021

    Hi Natasha!!!! I love your recipes. Literally they all taste amazing. but I just have this little question. Can we substitute vinegar with something else or does it really have to be white distilled vinegar.

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    • Natasha
      April 30, 2021

      Hi Sendini, 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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      • Sendini Perera
        April 30, 2021

        Thank you natashas I will definetely try these out😊

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      • Sendini Perera
        April 30, 2021

        Btw can I use coconut water vinegar instead white distilled vinegar😅

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  • Jessica Burgess
    April 30, 2021

    These WERE the best cupcakes! I say “were” because they’re already gone… we ate them all. Haha! So good!

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    • Natasha
      April 30, 2021

      Thank you so much for that amazing review. That makes my day. I hope you tried them with the chocolate buttercream. So good!

      Reply

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