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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe By Tessa Arias
February 8th, 2011

Double Chocolate Cupcakes are rich, deeply chocolate-y, and unbelievably moist from the cake--exactly what a cupcake should taste like

Yield: 18 -20 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: So rich and deeply chocolate-y, exactly what a double chocolate cupcake should taste like. The frosting isn’t overly sweet thanks to the cream cheese which adds some tang.
Texture: The cake is unbelievably moist while the frosting is unbelievably smooth. Every bite just melts in your mouth.
Ease: A pretty simple homemade cupcake recipe.
Appearance: What is cuter than a cupcake?
Pros: A nearly perfect chocolate cupcake recipe.
Cons: Indulgent treat.
Would I make this again? Just writing this post has me longing for one. And they’re all gone. Boo.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes are rich, deeply chocolate-y, and unbelievably moist from the cake–exactly what a cupcake should taste like!

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m so sorry to do this to you. If you saw my latest post you’ll understand why. But you can’t blame me, it’s nearly impossible to abstain from filling your kitchen with dangerously delicious chocolate desserts this close to Valentine’s Day. Everyone says Valentine’s Day is just a marketing ploy to get us consumers to spend money for no real good reason. But if there’s chocolate involved, I’m not complaining.

How to make
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 18 -20 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Double Chocolate Cupcakes are rich, deeply chocolate-y, and unbelievably moist from the cake--exactly what a cupcake should taste like



  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 standard muffin pans with 18 cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Sift the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a large bowl. Mix these together until evenly combined. In a separate large bowl, mix together the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and beat on medium speed with a stand or hand mixer for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner three-quarters full with cake batter. Bake until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin pans to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend slightly with a stand or hand mixer. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, about 30 seconds. Add vanilla extract and cocoa powder and blend on low speed until combined. Add powdered sugar. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the heavy cream, a little bit at a time until desired consistency is met (you want it thick enough to hold its shape but thin enough to be easily frosted with a piping bag). Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Use at once or keep refrigerated. If saving for future use, bring frosting to room temperature and beat at medium for at least 30 seconds before using.
  4. To pipe onto cupcakes, feed a large decorating tip to fit through the end of a piping bag (or alternatively, cut a hole in the tip of a ziploc bag and fit the tip through) and fill bag halfway with frosting. Push frosting in bag towards tip to release any air bubbles and twist the top of the bag closed so no frosting is pushed up and out (and all over your hand). Using a circular motion, pipe frosting starting from and edge of the cupcake and work your way inwards. Repeat for each cupcake, refilling piping bag as necessary but never exceeding the halfway point. Store frosted cupcakes in the fridge for up to 3 days, bringing down to room temperature before eating.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from here and Glorious Treats
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor — February 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I love a good holiday that involves copious amounts of chocolate…these cupcakes look AMAZING!!

  2. #
    DaSilva — February 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

    You just made my day! I had just thought of making chocolate cream cheese frosting for my Valentine's Day brownies but wasn't exactly sure of what recipe to use, or how to go about it. Then you post this.


  3. #
    Jacy — February 10, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Ooh those cupcakes look adorable! I just love cute food. 🙂

  4. #
    guilty pleasures — February 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I hate you and I love you! they look perfect and so 2cm more in my waist eh
    but I wanted to go shopping anyway so I'll just opt for bigger size 🙂

  5. #
    Lucia — June 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    YUM! can't to make this!

  6. #
    Meredith — July 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Tessa! I am becoming convinced more each day that you and I could be best friends if we ever met(Ok, that sounds creepy, but you know what I mean :)…I love your blog! I have tried about a dozen of your recipes and they have been met with cheers and applause. Thank you so much for your gem of a website!


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    Tiff — December 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I made this for Christmas and the fam. loved them!! Great recipe! Thanks!


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