The Best Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (1) The Best Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1 cup hot water (or coffee)
1 cup buttermilk
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed beat together oil, water, buttermilk, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in dry ingredients and bittersweet chocolate until just combined.  Divide batter into muffin cups.  (It will be runny!)  You can use a piping bag, ladle, or cookie scoop to make this easier.  Bake about 15 minutes, or until well risen, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached.  Cool 5 minutes and transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.

To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, until creamy and smooth.  Beat in confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until well combined.  Frost cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Makes 24 cupcakes
18 comments on "The Best Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting"
  1. Classic - I love the recipe and cream cheese n chocolate cake combination. But really, what made me coo, was the adorable presentation! You know how much I love cute.

  2. Oo la la! They look so festive and delicious! Those red & green chips are a nice touch - do they have a specific flavor? I'm guessing peppermint or white chocolate.

    1. Thank you! No, they just kinda taste like white chocolate.

  3. Wow - it's like you took something from each of my favorite cupcakes (dark cocoa powder, melted bittersweet chocolate, cream cheese frosting) and rolled them into one recipe. These look terrific!

  4. That frosting looks so creamy. Beautiful and festive!

  5. They look delicious and I am going to have to try the recipe. My hubby loves cream cheese frosting...Me, I love marshmallow...I'll have to try both on these! Hey, I also go to Aldi's. BEST STORE PRICES EVER!

  6. holy cow, i knew it in the back of my mind, but i didn't fully realize that christmas was in less than a week until just now. these cupcakes are lovely and festive--nice!

  7. Well there is a good chance they probably are the best. Today I start my Christmas prep. I have to get the house ready in time. Yikes! I have a bad hip and a bad elbow.

  8. Christmas reeeeeeeeeeeeeally snuck up on us this year!! These cupcakes are so pretty and soooo delicious!

  9. These cupcakes look terrific. I love all the different kinds of chips you have in the US - we don't get anything ike that here.

    1. Thank you! I can't believe that. I need to ship you some!