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classic chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate frosting in a white wrapper

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes (No Mixer)

These chocolate cupcakes are soft, velvety, moist, and decadent! They’re so easy to make, they’re practically foolproof and you don’t even need a mixer!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
classic, chocolate, cupcakes, no mixer, easy, moist, soft
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 14


For the cupcakes

  • ½ cup (50 g / 2 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (250 ml / 8.5 fl oz) strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup + 6 tablespoons (175 g / 6 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200 g / 7 oz) sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml / 4 fl oz) buttermilk at room temperature (or see the NOTES below on how to make your own)
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 7 tablespoons (100 ml / 3.4 fl oz) light vegetable oil

For the dark chocolate frosting

  • ¼ cup (28 g / 1 oz) powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (28 g / 1 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use dark couverture chocolate with 54% cocoa)
  • ½ stick (57 g / 2 oz) unsalted butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 ml / 3.4 fl oz) heavy cream


Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Line a 12-cup pan with cupcake liners and prepare 2 more liners (this recipe makes 14 cupcakes). Set aside.
  • Whisk together the hot coffee and cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Add the sugar and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, and egg and whisk everything together until well combined.
  • Add the coffee mixture to the oil mixture and whisk until it's just combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and whisk until combined, but don't overmix.
  • Pour the batter into the cupcake liners halfway full (I like pouring the batter into a pitcher first to avoid making a mess).
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

Make the dark chocolate frosting

  • Sift the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder into a saucepan.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and stir continuously over low heat until everything melts.
  • Pour into a bowl and let it cool for about 10 minutes at room temperature.
  • Put it in the refrigerator for about 30-50 minutes, until it thickens and becomes spreadable. Check on it every 15 minutes or so.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes.
  • Enjoy!


How to make your own buttermilk for this recipe:
Add 1/2 tablespoon vinegar to half a cup of milk and stir well. Let it sit for 5-8 minutes before using. 
Frosted cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
The frosting on the cupcakes will firm up once refrigerated. To soften the frosting up, just let the cupcakes come to room temperature.
These cupcakes freeze really well. If you want to freeze them, just wrap each one individually without any frosting and then put them in a freezer bag in a single flat row before popping them in the freezer. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, just put them in the fridge overnight. You could also thaw them at room temperature, which takes a couple of hours.
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