Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes

These Moist Chocolate Cupcakes are completely homemade and full of chocolate flavor! The cupcake melts in your mouth and the frosting is made with real melted chocolate for a silky smooth, super chocolatey frosting you won’t want to stop eating!

Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!

Sometimes all you really want is a little chocolate. Well these cupcakes are for when you want plenty of chocolate – no skimping. I’ve shared several different chocolate cake and cupcake recipes, including the ones used in these cupcakes and this cake. And while I love them all, if I could only ever bake one chocolate cupcake ever again, it’d be this one.

To start, the cupcake itself is maybe the most moist cupcake you’ll ever have. It’s ridiculously good. I never knew homemade chocolate cupcakes could be so good until I had these. Part of their secret is that they are baked at a lower temperature.

You’ll notice when you make the cupcakes that the batter is very thin. I mean like, very thin. It’s supposed to be that way. These are FULL of moisture. Baking at a lower temperature allows the cupcakes to bake more evenly and end up super fluffy and so moist. Unlike some cupcakes that end up dry on the outside and crack, these don’t do that and are moist throughout for DAYS. They might even be more moist on day 2 and 3. Ridiculously awesome.

Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!

And then there’s the frosting. The best chocolate cupcakes needed an awesome chocolate frosting. Something silky smooth and full of real chocolate. This frosting begins with butter and melted chocolate. So smooth and delicious on its own. The chocolate gives it a fudgy quality that I love. I used semi sweet chocolate. It’s my favorite to use in recipes like this. It lends a richer chocolate that isn’t bitter. SO good!

To make the frosting even more chocolatey and rich, I also added some cocoa powder. I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa blend in both the cupcake and the frosting. I love the rich chocolate flavor it gives, but you could also use regular cocoa and everything would bake up just fine.

The final ingredients in the frosting are the powdered sugar and some heavy cream. The powdered sugar will thicken up the frosting a bit so that it pipes well and holds it’s shape and the cream will thin it out a bit. If you need a little help with getting the right frosting consistency, check out my tutorial.

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Seriously, these chocolate cupcakes are super moist and wonderfully full of chocolate. The fluffy chocolate cupcake with the fudgy chocolate frosting is divine! You’ll hardly be able to take your fingers out of the frosting long enough to put in on the cupcakes but once you do – the cupcakes won’t stand a chance!

Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!

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Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 14-16 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 cup (130g) all purpose flour
1 cups (207g) sugar
6 tbsp (43g) Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup (120ml) hot water

Chocolate Frosting

1 1/4 cups (280g) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
3 tbsp (22g) Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
5 cups (575g) powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
4-5 tbsp (60-75ml) heavy whipping cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
2. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
3. Combine the egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla in another medium sized bowl.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
5. Add the water to the batter and mix until well combined. Batter will be thin.
6. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. To make the frosting, beat the butter in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
9. Add the melted chocolate and mix until well combined.
10. Add the cocoa powder and mix until well combined.
11. Add about half of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and mix until well combined.
12. Add remaining powdered sugar and salt and mix until smooth.
13. Add remaining heavy cream as needed to get the right consistency of frosting.
14. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. I used Ateco tip 844.

Enjoy!

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Moist Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes - the best chocolate cupcakes! So moist and full of chocolate!

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