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Easiest Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes
Easiest, Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
27 mins
Total Time
57 mins
The name says it all! Throw these delicious, super moist, beautifully domed cupcakes together in minutes!
Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Adapted my Chris Scheuer from Add a Pinch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder*
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup coffee** cooled
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt) and whisk to combine.
  3. Combine dry and wet ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed to combine, then increase speed to high and mix for 1 minute. Scape sides of bowl and mix for another 10-15 seconds. Batter will be thinner than most cake batters, don’t worry, it’s just the way it should be!
  4. Fill cupcake liners just a little over half full***.
  5. Place in the oven and bake 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
Recipe Notes

* Hershey’s cocoa works great in this recipe but if you want to try a really fine cocoa powder, this Callebaut powder is quite amazing!
** Don’t worry, if you don’t like coffee, you don’t taste it in these cupcakes. Coffee just enhances the flavor of the chocolate. You could use decaf coffee but, if you divide it up, there’s so little caffeine from the coffee (about 4mg) in each cupcake, it’s quite negligible.
*** This batter rises significantly and produces lovely domed cupcakes. Just don’t fill the cups too high. You will have a small amount of extra batter. If you try to use it all, the cupcakes will rise over the top edges of the cupcake liners. Either discard the leftover batter (it’s not much) or bake it in a small ramekin or baking cup.

Recipe Adapted from Add a Pinch

Nutrition Facts
Easiest, Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 153mg 6%
Potassium 122mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.