Chocolate Cupcakes with Perfect Chocolate Buttercream
By zmansaray on November 05, 2013
My go-to chocolate cupcake recipe is a very moist, airy, rich chocolate cupcake with a perfect creamy chocolate buttercream.
One of the first things my sister asked for when she got off the plane was a chocolate cake. A rich chocolate cake with creamy chocolate buttercream. Her exact words were "The chocolate cake you made last year during your pre-wedding stress baking". I knew exactly what she was referring to as I have a go-to devil's food chocolate cake recipe so it is a no-brainer but I was a little disappointed since there was no challenge here. You heard me get all excited two weeks ago about all the things I couldn't wait to bake for her (including these apple muffins with oatmeal streusel topping) and here she was requesting plain ole chocolate cake. But I guess we all need our chocolate fix now and then.
As I was baking her request, I realized that I don't have a post on the blog dedicated to chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream. I always dress things up. There were these dark chocolate salted caramel cupcakes (my absolute favorite, if I must say so) and this chocolate milky way cupcakes and even this chocolate peanut butter cake. But nothing just CHOCOLATE. And sometimes you just need a great chocolate cupcake. So I indulged her and took some photos for the blog while I was at it. Luckily, I had a birthday party I was sending a few cupcakes to as well so I dressed them up a bit (Sorry for the Halloween looking decor but it was a Halloween birthday bash).
For the cupcakes, I used my go-to devil's food cake chocolate recipe. It is fool-proof and always so airy and decadent. The addition of hot coffee to the batter always give a moist, rich mocha chocolate cake. If you don't want to use coffee, just replace with hot water. The buttercream here is a little different from my usual but it's been a delicious variation. Instead of adding melted chocolate to the frosting, I used cocoa powder. It gives a very creamy, fluffy and chocolate-y frosting. With the addition of cocoa powder you are in control of how much chocolate you add and how chocolate-y the frosting will be. Regardless of your chocolate preference levels, this frosting is amazing!!
So if you are looking for go-to chocolate cupcakes with perfect chocolate buttercream, look no further. This recipe will not disappoint and is easy to whip up at any time!!
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