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!
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.
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!
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