Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Chocolate Cupcakes

I found this recipe via Sophisticated Gourmet and I'm so happy I did. These chocolate cupcakes are hands down the best homemade cupcakes I have ever made. I highly recommend them!

Ingredients (for the cake):
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup boiling water

Ingredients (for the frosting):
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon golden syrup / light corn syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake tin with paper liners. Combine the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Crack in the egg, spoon in the sour cream, and pour in the oil and the vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour in the boiling water and mix slowly. The batter will be liquidy.

Divide the batter evenly in the cupcake tin, filling each cup about halfway. Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire racks completely before frosting.

Now, it's time to make the frosting! In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Mix in the milk and powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add another tablespoon or so of milk, if necessary. Mix in vanilla and corn syrup.

Frost those babies and enjoy with a nice big cup of ice cold milk!


  1. oohh, this looks like a great recipe! It's been a while since I've made homemade cupcakes, but I think I will surely have to give these a try - thanks for sharing!

  2. ..hehe, you had me at "chocolate"! Looks delish, must be the sour cream that seals its awesome factor - shame I'm off dairy right now due to a cranky baby otherwise....
    You just need a 'scratch n' sniff' option. lol
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

  3. These look so delicious, I'll have to try this recipe soon!
    Thanks for sharing :)


  4. Ohhh is soooo delicious! Amazing!



  5. how did you frost them, using icing bags and tips or just with a knife?

  6. How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    1. It makes about a dozen. You might have a few extra.

  7. Can I use this recipe for two 9" round cake pans?

    1. I've never tried to make this recipe as a cake but it actually originated from a cake recipe if you'd like to give that a try...

  8. oh my gosh ive never seen a more amazing frosting job!! HAHA they are perfectly frosted!! Thanks for the recipe! They look delish we cant wait to try it! :)