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Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes: 18 cupcakes Prep: 15 minutes
at 350 degree F for 19 minutes


  • 1-3/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-1/4  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoons salt
  • 1  cup plus 2 tablespoons (2-1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/4  cups granulated sugar
  • 3  eggs
  • 3/4  cup milk
  •   Frosting:
  • 1  box (1 pound) confectioners' sugar
  • 1  cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4  cup milk
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  •   Assorted food colors


1. Heat oven to 350°. Line 18 indents in two cupcake pans with paper or foil liners. In a bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl for 2 minutes, until light colored and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. On low speed, add flour mixture, alternately with milk. Divide batter among liners, a scant 1/3 cup in each.

3. Bake at 350° for about 19 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to a rack; cool completely.

4. Frosting: Beat sugar, butter and milk in medium-size bowl until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Tint with desired food colors. Spread about 2 tablespoons frosting over each cupcake.


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