Old Standby Double Chocolate Cupcakes

doublechocolateThese double chocolate cupcakes are always moist, rich and delicious.

I came  up with the cake recipe through much trial and error over about 3 months of testing. But the result was so worth it. The buttermilk in this cake keeps it so moist – it is also delicious as a sheet or round cake.

The chocolate buttercream is also the result of  months of rigorous testing (its a tough job, but someone has to do it!),  but I definitely got it right in the end. Chocolaty, silky and sweet, the buttercream alone would satisfy any chocoholic’s cravings.


Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups sugar
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water + 1 teaspoon instant coffee grounds (dissolved in warm water)
3/4 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons oil (I use olive / canola mix, but vegetable oil would also work)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350

Sift together dry ingredients into bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl with electric hand mixer).  Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until just combined.  Add buttermilk, vanilla, and oil and mix briefly on low. Add warm water / coffee mixture and beat until incorporated. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl and remix until well combined.

Pour into 24 cupcake papers and bake for 16-17 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Chocolate Buttercream

1.5 cups butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled slightly
3 cups icing sugar

Beat butter until fluffy. Slowly beat in cream and vanilla. Add sugar (mixing on low), 1 cup at a time. Add chocolate and mix on medium – high to combine. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl and remix until well incorporated.

Pipe or spread buttercream onto cupcakes and decorate!

Makes 24 iced cupcakes or 1  two-layer round / square cake.

6 thoughts on “Old Standby Double Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Pingback: S’more Love Cupcakes « CupcakeMama

  2. Comfortabl y, the post is in reality the greatest on this deserving topic. I harmonize with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your future updates. Saying thanks will not just be enough, for the exceptional clarity in your writing. I will at once grab your rss feed to stay privy of any updates. Good work and much success in your business endeavors!


  3. Dear cupcakemama,

    My daughter & I just started a blog called Classic Cupcakes & we are looking for a new background photo to use.

    We were hoping that it would be ok if we used your photo of your Old Standby Cupcakes. If you like we could post a link to your site(s) as well.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s