Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with delicious rich dark chocolate buttercream frosting are a fabulous birthday or any occasion treat!

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Who’s idea was it to make us move to Portland? Oh wait, it was mine.

Did I think this through?

Clearly not…as you can tell by my weird, dark, blurry, over and underexposed photos.

Did you know in the winter it rains practically 24/7? Read: dark and dreary ‘daylight’ for maybe 3 hours… if I’m lucky. A food bloggers’ worst nightmare. Let’s just say I’m going to have to get creative until summer rolls around.

Oh, and it’s really fun when you set out to bake cupcakes and realize you’re out of eggs. I’m really good at planning ahead, can you tell? So with the ingredients already measured and in my bowls, I start googling egg substitutes. After not having most of the suggestions, I decide on vinegar and baking soda.

Did you know that 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar + 1 teaspoon of baking soda can substitute for an egg? {All you vegan bakers have been holding out on me! Who knew, right?} So, I go to grab my bottle of vinegar and guess what. It’s EMPTY.

Insert expletive here.

Clearly the universe has it out for me. No cupcakes were supposed to be on the baking agenda today. But, I refused to be cupcake-less on my birthday, so I powered through and used red wine vinegar instead. I finished the batter, got the cupcakes into the oven and sang the hallelujah chorus a few hundred times.

25 minutes later, I had me some cupcakes. I let them cool, topped them with some mighty tasty buttercream and alas my birthday baking woes had passed.

Here are the super simple details:

Start out getting some butter and chocolate into a bowl. {I used bittersweet dark chocolate from Scharffen Berger…if you don’t have dark chocolate, then use chocolate that you do have on hand.} Now, get this bowl into a microwave or over a double boiler stat. We want this melted.

Butter and baking chocolate

Next, measure out all your dry ingredients into a bowl…nothing too foreign in here.

Dry ingredients unmixed

PS- this is the cocoa powder I used–it’s from Dagoba and is amazing. It has little baby chocolate chunks in it! DIVINE.

Dagoba unsweetened dark cocoa powder

By now your chocolate should be melted. Set it aside to cool a little.

chocolate mixture

Now measure out all the wet ingredients into some sort of aparatus, mix it up and pour it into a well you made in the dry ingredients. *Don’t be alarmed…It’s supposed to be chunky!*

Adding cream to dry ingredients

Pour all that chocolaty goodness into the mix too.

Adding chocolate mixture to dry ingredients

After it’s all mixed, your batter is done. Hello lover.

Cupcake batter

Spoon this into some muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 25-ish minutes. The oven in our new place runs hotter than the fires of hell, so mine were done after 20 minutes.

cupcake batter in liners

Now for the dark chocolate buttercream…this starts with more chocolate! You had to of seen that coming…melt 4 ounces of unsweetened dark chocolate and cool to room temperature. If you like your frostings ridiculously sweet, use semi sweet dark chocolate. Again, using scharffen berger. Loves it.

chocolate mixture

Once it’s cooled, add it to a bowl with some softened butter. Ahh….chocolate and butter–the building blocks of life.

Adding butter

Whip this around until smooth. I’m using the Calphalon Immersion blender with the whisk attachment cause it’s super handy for little odd jobs like this.

chocolate buttercream

Now, stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until it’s smooth and creamy. Holy yumola batman.

Chocolate buttercream

Then all you do is throw this into a piping bag and top your cupcakes! I used a Wilton 1M tip– just a huge open star. Top your cuppies of with toasted hazelnuts for garnish and that’s it!

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Buttercream

A mighty tasty and chocolate birthday treat!

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with delicious rich dark chocolate buttercream frosting are a fabulous birthday or any occasion treat!
servings 8 cupcakes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins


for the buttercream--

  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 4 oz melted dark chocolate
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk give or take
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts for garnish, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with 8 paper liners and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, melt butter and chocolate together until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and flour.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, stir remaining wet ingredients together {milk, sour cream, vanilla, vinegar.} Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients along with the melted chocolate mixture into it.
  • Stir batter together until just combined. Divide evenly between 8 muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Cool.
  • For the frosting, melt chocolate on low heat in microwave. Set aside and cool to room temperature. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir butter and melted chocolate together. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Scrape sides and stir again. Stream in milk by the teaspoon until frosting is to your desired consistency. Scrape sides and mix again. Frost cupcakes generously with frosting and top with toasted, chopped hazelnuts.


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cupcake recipe, chocolate cupcakes
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  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    i could just eat the screen..all that chocolate looks so good! i would love death by chocolate 🙂 hope you had a great birthday, lauren!

  2. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?

    These look amazing!! If I were baking these, I’m not so sure that all of that batter would make it into the pan =)

  3. Jolene (

    A donut pan came in my stocking this year, so I am making your red velvet donuts for my dinner party tomorrow evening!!!! Can’t wait!!

  4. Gina

    What a beauty of a cupcake! I want one of those now! Too bad, I’m nowhere near where you are, haha. At least I have the recipe though:) Happy Birthday Lauren!

  5. Kathryn

    Happy birthday cupcakes!! They look awesomely delicious and cocoa powder with chunks of chocolate?! I’ve got to get me some of that!

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I feel like winter makes it extra hard for food bloggers. There are basically 2 hours each day I can take photos IF the sun is out! Regardless, those cupcakes look amazing and beautiful!

  7. Marina {}

    Oh my, that looks like the best chocolate cupcake ever. And what’s better than a chocolate cupcake?! Happy New Year!

  8. Anna @ hiddenponies

    Yum, and happy belated birthday!! I hope you guys are settling in well – I totally get the all-day dreariness-of-rain lighting, I have the same problem 🙂

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Happy Belated Birthday Lauren! I love that you persevered in the face of obstacles to get your chocolate fix, sounds like something I would do. lol

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