Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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


I had a stretch in the kitchen earlier this week that can only be described as a delicious lesson. It took me five batches to discover the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe. My trial and error eliminates hassle for you, friends, because you have just found the most flavorful, moist, chocolatey, perfect cupcake recipe on the planet. It acts as a solid base for any type of frosting, making it a great dessert choice for any type of gathering.

Tips about how to make perfect chocolate cupcakes

  • Using buttermilk for this recipe is key! If you replace it with another wet ingredient such as milk or cream, your cupcakes may need to be transformed into Cupcake Truffles. Make sure the buttermilk is at room temperature before adding it to the batter and give it a vigorous shake just before adding it to the batter.

  • 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 method starting at the 18-minute mark.

  • Using coffee in the recipe adds a richness to the chocolate flavor that you wouldn’t be able to achieve by using water. The cupcakes will not taste at all like coffee, I promise.

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

Frosting recipes for chocolate cupcakes

I told you in my previous post how in love I am with the Chocolate Ganache Frosting that 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. The following types of frosting would also taste amazing atop a perfect chocolate cupcake:

Watch this helpful video about how to make easy and delicious chocolate ganache!

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!

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Yield: 24 cupcakes

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

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

prep time: 30 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 70 mins


  • 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 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm brewed coffee
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, shaken (at room temperature)
  • 1 batch Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  • Sprinkles, for topping (optional)


  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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