Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

by Anne on August 2, 2010

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Everything started with those Cupcakes, it’s been about 1 1/2 years ago when I had my first Cupcake ever, self made by me, because you can’t buy them here in town. I didn’t even know what the difference to a muffin is. Forgive me my beloved Cupcake! So I was just curious and started making them, and that made me baking and baking and never stop baking, trying new recipes constantly.

I have to admit I was lonely when I started baking. My husband was out of town during the weeks for his Job and my daughter would go to bed at 6.30 pm. I needed something to do during these long nights. It was one of the best things I ever started.

These chocolate Cupcakes are so moist and tender, they melt in your mouth. I like them the best with Vanilla Frosting. You can set some fresh fruits on top, like blueberries, or raspberries. Another good combination is Peanut butter filling, or frosting.

I made this batch for a really good old friend of mine for his Birthday. He munched down 5 of them this day. That made me very happy.

Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

(makes about 15)

  • 1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cacoa powder
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cup (180g) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) butter or lactose free margarine
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract or Vanilla Bean

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 Celsius) and line a muffins pan with paper forms.

Pour the hot water over the cacoa powder stir well and set aside.
Mix the flour with the salt and the baking powder and set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs and Vanilla mix until combined. Add the flour and beat on medium speed by adding the cacoa. Mix until you can’t see white spots in the batter.

If this batter seems to you very liquid, don’t worry , that’s the way it should be.

Now you fill the forms about 3/4 full with the batter and set them in the oven for about 12 minutes. Never forget to test if they’re done by sticking a toothpick in the cupcake. The pick has to come out clean.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (115g) lactose free margarine or unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 to 4 cups (300-400g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk, or soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or vanilla bean

With an electric mixer cream the butter and add the confectioner’s sugar, add milk and Vanilla and beat until light and fluffy for about 2 minutes. Use a piping bag with a big tip to decorate.

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pat August 4, 2010 at 2:48 am

I sure wish you could fed. express these cupcakes – they look so delicious! And the swirls of frosting are so beautiful. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t live closer because I would probably gain 100 pounds. Yum……..

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evie August 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Well, well, must try these also. E

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Liz September 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I made these last night for the office but substituted the milk in the frosting for the juice of half a lemon and the zest of a whole lemon, then grated orange and cinnamon dark chocolate over the top to make chocolate/citrus cupcakes, they’re going down very well with everyone!

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Lauren July 2, 2011 at 1:01 am

I made these last nigh to bring to school and share with my friends. They were truly the BEST CUPCAKES EVER!!! the best way to describe this recipe is a math equation: rich moist cake bit + smoothe butter icing=BEST CUPCAKES EVER!!!

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Natasha October 1, 2012 at 1:54 am

How long r u suppose to bake them?

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Anne November 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hey, about 12 minutes

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Chiara November 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hi, i want to cook them for my boyfriend’s birthday. What is the “confectioners’ sugar”? They look fabulous!

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Chiara November 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Oh…i understand! sorry in italian is different!

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Nicola April 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

Could I add chocolate chips to these? Or would it be too much? 🙂

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Anne April 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Sure, just try it.

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Jass May 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Making these right now! The actual cake part is really good (haven’t made the icing yet)

-J

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Catherine August 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hi Anne,
So excited to find a Lactose free cupcake recipe that looks this great. My little 21 month old son is lactose intolerant and has never tried cake before, I’m sure he is going to love them.
X C.

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Anne August 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thank you! Always makes me happy if I can make someone happy 🙂

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Andy September 8, 2013 at 2:31 am

Hi! These look amazing!! For the frosting, I don’t have an electric mixer, what can I do to substitute that?

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Anne September 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hey, well..just use a wire whisk I guess.

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