Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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These soft Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting are a classic feel-good dessert made easy! The cupcakes are moist and fluffy and the chocolate frosting is rich and creamy.

Looking for more easy cupcake recipes? Try my Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes!

A Yellow Cupcake with a Lit Candle in the Chocolate Frosting

Moist and Fluffy Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a white and yellow cake? Well, there’s a little variation in the color of the cake, which is a result of a difference in the eggs. In a white cake, only egg whites are used. In a yellow cake, you’ll actually have more egg yolks than whites.

The yolks make the cake a little denser, but it can also be moister, which is exactly the case for these cupcakes! And they still have that irresistibly soft and fluffy cupcake texture. Pair that with the creamy 5-ingredient chocolate frosting, and they really are the perfect celebration treat.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting on a Blue Cake Stand

Recipe Ingredients

There’s nothing too out of the ordinary when it comes to the cupcake and frosting ingredients. Sour cream is my secret weapon for the world’s moistest cupcakes!

For the Yellow Cupcakes

  • All-Purpose Flour: For the structure of the cake.
  • Sugar: To give you sweet and tender cupcakes.
  • Baking Soda: To supplement the baking powder.
  • Baking Powder: This will help your cupcakes rise and set up properly.
  • Salted Butter: Bring to room temperature.
  • Eggs: You’ll need one full egg plus one yolk.
  • Vanilla Extract: For flavor.
  • Sour Cream: Don’t leave this out!
  • Milk: The last ingredient you need for ultra moist and fluffy cupcakes is good old milk.

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • Butter: Salted or unsalted, depending on your preferences.
  • Shortening: The use of both butter and shortening is a must!
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder: For the decadent chocolate flavor.
  • Water: Or milk.
A Yellow Cupcake with a Bite Taken Out of it

How to Make the Yellow Cupcakes

This recipe is barely more work than a box mix, and it’s so well worth it!

  1. Heat Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Add the butter, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, sour cream and milk. Mix on medium speed just until smooth. Do not overmix.
  4. Bake: Fill the cupcake liners a little more than halfway and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Let Cool: Allow the cupcakes to cool for 1-2 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Fluffy Yellow Cupcakes with Swirly Chocolate Frosting Piped on Top

How to Make the Chocolate Frosting

You can throw together this frosting in fewer than 5 minutes. It’s so simple yet so rich, thanks to your trusty cocoa powder.

  1. Beat Butter & Shortening: Beat together the butter and the shortening until smooth.
  2. Add Some Powdered Sugar: Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  3. Add Cocoa: Add the cocoa and beat until smooth.
  4. Complete Frosting: Add the remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tbsp of water or milk and beat until smooth.
  5. Adjust Consistency: Add additional water or milk as needed for your frosting to reach the right consistency.

Three Yellow Cupcakes Topped with Sprinkles on a Piece of Parchment Paper

Frosting the Cupcakes

Need help creating a beautiful frosting swirl on top of your cupcakes? This quick and easy tutorial for Frosting Cupcakes will change the decorating game! Learn how to make all sorts of cute frosting designs using different techniques and piping tips. You’ll pass as a professional baker in no time!

A Close-Up Shot of a Classic Homemade Vanilla Cupcake on a Cake Stand

Tips for Success

This recipe is pretty straightforward, but here are a few tips to keep in mind when making these cupcakes.

  • Use Whole Milk: Whole milk or buttermilk will provide the richest possible flavor for your cupcakes.
  • Bring Ingredients to Room Temperature: Room temperature ingredients are so much easier to combine, which ensures success at every stage of cupcake making.
  • Don’t Overmix Batter: Stop mixing your cupcake batter as soon as everything looks combined and smooth. Overmixing can lead to less fluffy cupcakes, and no one wants that!
  • Avoid Overfilling Liners: Your cupcake liners should be just above halfway filled. If you pour in too much batter, you’ll end up with cupcakes that look more like muffins. Still delicious, just not what we’re going for.

Six Frosted Yellow Cupcakes Shown from Above

How to Store Homemade Cupcakes

Leftover cupcakes should be stored rather snugly in an airtight container. You can keep them in the fridge or on the counter. Enjoy leftover cupcakes within 3 days.

Can I Freeze These?

If you want to store your cupcakes in the freezer, hold off on making the frosting. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months, if stored properly. Wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap, then place them all in a freezer-safe container. Thaw your cupcakes out in the fridge and bring them to room temperature before frosting and eating.

Five Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes on a Blue Napkin

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

These soft Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting are a classic feel-good dessert made easy! The cupcakes are moist and fluffy and the chocolate frosting is rich and creamy.

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the Yellow Cupcakes

  • 1 2/3 cups (240g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup salted butter (170g), room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 34 tbsp water or milk

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add butter, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed just until smooth. Do not over mix.
4. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way.
5. Bake 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
7. To make icing, beat butter and shortening until smooth.
8. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
9. Add cocoa and beat until smooth.
10. Add remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tbsp of water or milk and beat until smooth.
11. Add additional water or milk, until the right consistency.

Notes

Makes 12-14 cupcakes.

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Enjoy!

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