Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe {VIDEO}

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes are super easy to make and such a solid base for any type of frosting. They are moist, flavorful and chocolatey, making them the best easy dessert for any occasion!

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I had a stretch in the kitchen earlier this week that can only be described as a disheartening lesson. After four failed chocolate cupcake attempts, I pushed through to the fifth batch and finally hit a home run. I learned a few valuable chocolate-cupcake-related lessons in the process, like the fact that buttermilk is an essential ingredient and that filling the liners much past the halfway mark results in disaster. My baking trial and error eliminates hassle for YOU, my friends. Follow this recipe exactly as written and I promise you will never need another chocolate cupcake recipe in your life. This is a solid cupcake base for any type of frosting.

Tips about how to make the perfect chocolate cupcakes:

  • Buttermilk in the recipe is key! If you replace it with another wet ingredient such as milk or cream, your cupcakes may be seeing the inside of the garbage can. Make sure the buttermilk is at room temperature before adding it to the batter and give it a vigorous shake first!

  • Filling the cupcake liners much more than halfway full will result in cupcake disaster. A lot of cupcake recipes work well with nearly full liners, but not this one.

  • Baking these cupcakes for 20 minutes resulted in perfection in my oven, but test using the toothpick trick starting at the 18-minute mark.

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

What kind of frosting goes well with chocolate cupcakes?

I told you in my previous post how in love I am with the Chocolate Ganache Frosting that also made its debut in my life this week. It is straight from heaven and when smeared on top of these perfect cupcakes....OMG! Have you ever taken a bite of something that tasted so insanely delicious that you couldn't speak? THIS is that something for me. These frostings would also taste amazing atop a perfect chocolate cupcake:

Watch this helpful video on how to make delicious chocolate ganache - it’s so easy!

What is the difference between Ganache and Ganache Frosting?

Ganache and Ganache Frosting are made with the same ingredients, but using different ratios of cream to chocolate. Ganache usually refers to a glaze that is drizzled over baked goods and ganache frosting refers to a spreadable frosting or filling for baking goods. Allowing ganache to cool in the fridge will make it thicker (much like the frosting), but it also causes it to lose its “drippy” quality that ganache is known for.

These Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes are EASY to prepare, making them an ideal party or any-occasion dessert. You will knock people's socks off with these, I promise!

Check out my Nutella Cupcakes and also these insanely yummy Caramel Apple Cupcakes for a few other fun dessert options!

Have a fantastic weekend! Thanks so much for being here!

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Chocolate, Ganache, Cupcakes
Dessert
American
Chocolate GanachePerfect Chocolate Cupcakes are super easy to make and such a solid base for any type of frosting. They are moist, flavorful and chocolatey, making them the best easy dessert for any occasion!https://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/b612/meganporta/ChocolateCupcakesTHUMBNAIL_zpsvoawboru.jpg2019-01-23
Yield: 24

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

prep time: 11 minscook time: 24 minstotal time: 35 mins

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes are super easy to make and such a solid base for any type of frosting. They are moist, flavorful and chocolatey, making them the best easy dessert for any occasion!

ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, shaken (at room temperature)
  • 1 batch Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  • Sprinkles (optional)

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners (or use one pan, two batches). Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter and sugars and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on medium-low speed for 30 seconds.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter mixture and beat on medium-low speed until just combined. Add the coffee and buttermilk and mix until just combined.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner half full of batter and bake in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers come out clean. Let cool. Prepare the Chocolate Ganache Frosting while the cupcakes are baking and cooling.
  4. Spread the frosting onto the cupcakes, add sprinkles (if desired) and serve!
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