The BEST Mini Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

I’m going to brag a little bit here… my chocolate cupcake recipe is the BEST! These cupcakes are soft, chocolatey, not overly sweet, and just melt in your mouth. The crumb is perfect, the frosting is creamy, they’re just phenomenal! I’m not usually one to brag, but these turned out so wonderful that I had to share.

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The recipe makes about 36 mini cupcakes, or 12 regular sized cupcakes. I love making the mini cupcakes because sometimes, people just want a small bite for dessert! Please note that you will need to increase the bake time by 5-10 minutes for regular sized cupcakes. I have made this recipe with other brands of cocoa powder but find that the Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder yields the best results. This post isn’t sponsored, I just really enjoy that product!

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The BEST Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
The BEST, most delectable, moist, chocolatey cupcakes you will ever make!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 14-16 minutes
Servings
mini cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 14-16 minutes
Servings
mini cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat your oven to 335°F.
  2. Measure out all of your ingredients and let everything come to room temperature.
  3. In one bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix together the heavy cream and vegetable oil in a separate bowl.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla bean paste.
  6. Slowly mix in the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture.
  7. Alternate mixing in the flour mixture and the heavy cream mixture, mixing in 1/3 of each at a time. Scrape down the bowl between each addition.
  8. Distribute batter evenly into your cupcake pans (don’t forget cupcake liners!) and bake at 335°F for 14-16 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely while you make the frosting.
Frosting
  1. Measure out the ingredients and let your butter come to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. It will take roughly 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in the cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste, and salt, until well combined.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream 1 Tbsp at a time until combined, then turn mixer up to medium-high speed and whip until light and fluffy.
  5. Transfer frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip (or whichever decorating tip you prefer) and frost your cupcakes! Make sure they are 100% cooled down before frosting, or the frosting may melt right off!
Recipe Notes

These cupcakes are seriously DELICIOUS! They’re moist, perfectly sweet, and being mini means they’re perfect for just a little bite of dessert!

If you decide to make this recipe in a regular sized cupcake pan it will yield about 12-15 cupcakes.

Did you try this recipe? Let me know! Tag me in your photos, leave a comment below! 🙂


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