15 Amazing Chocolate Cupcake Recipes

If you are someone who loves baking, then the chance that you’ve made cupcakes before is very high. Cupcakes are one of the most popular small baked goods. It has all the best elements of a large cake but is the perfect portion for one person. 

Cupcakes are also really versatile. There are so many different designs. The frosting changes everything with cupcakes. The frosting could be in the shape of a flower, a dome, or even your regular swirl.

Cupcake frosting could be soft or set so it is nice and cold. 

If you think the icing is flexible, we haven’t even got onto the flavors. There are so many options, we couldn’t even try to begin to list them all. New flavor combinations for cupcakes are being made all the time. There are some crazy combinations out there. 

Though, sometimes the simple flavors are the best. When you are making cupcakes for family and friends, having something reliable is a must. You want everyone to be able to enjoy the cupcakes.

There is one flavor that is guaranteed to make almost everyone smile. Chocolate. 

Chocolate cupcakes are a staple baked good. Who doesn’t like chocolate? You might think that making chocolate cupcakes is boring. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. There is nothing quite like baking cupcakes that everyone enjoys. Not boring at all. 

If you are in the mood to back some delicious chocolate cupcakes then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of 15 amazing chocolate cupcakes recipes that you need to make as soon as possible.

We’ve also answered some of your burning cupcake questions. So you should know everything you need to bake some fabulous cupcakes. 

1. Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

If you are looking to make the most scrumptious and decadent chocolate cupcakes then this is the recipe for you. These cupcakes have a rich and intense chocolate-flavored sponge and a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting.

The perfect chocolate cupcake recipe to share with your friends and family. 

2. Easy Chocolate Cupcake

This one is for all of the new bakers out there. This super easy chocolate cupcake recipe is the perfect recipe to get started on your cupcake baking journey.

The chocolate sponge is topped with a light but delicious chocolate buttercream frosting. 

3. Spiced Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes

We are mixing things up with this recipe! Why just have chocolate, when you can add to it? The addition of the cayenne pepper in these chocolate cupcakes makes chocolate cupcakes so much more sophisticated.

The perfect recipe to get a surprised reaction out of those who try them. 

4. Double Chocolate Cupcakes

The only way to intensify the chocolate flavor is to add more chocolate to them. This is exactly what this cupcake recipe does. The sponge of this cupcake recipe is moist and decadent.

The cupcakes are frosted with a thick and fudgy frosting. This is the recipe for all the chocolate fans. 

5. Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

To spruce up your chocolate cupcake recipe, you can always add extra ingredients to it. This banana chocolate cupcake recipe helps to keep the sponge extra moist. The banana perfectly balances out the richness of the chocolate. 

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6. Galaxy Chocolate Cupcakes

If you are a fan of galaxy chocolate then this is the recipe for you. This chocolate cupcake recipe could be made with any of your favorite chocolate bars. You end up with a creamy and tantalizing chocolate cupcake when you finish making this recipe

7. Sea Salt And Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes have a bad reputation for being childish. So we are always looking for recipes that make them seem more sophisticated. This is the recipe that perfectly does that.

The addition of sea salt to this dark chocolate cupcake intensifies the flavor. They just seem so mature! 

8. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

We, of course, had to add in recipes for those of you who are vegan. Everyone deserves to enjoy the wonderful taste of chocolate. These vegan chocolate cupcakes are so fluffy, light and chocolatey no one would be able to tell they are vegan. 

9. Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes

The best time of year to have chocolate cupcakes is most definitely Halloween! They are dark and spooky. This recipe takes that to a whole new level. This chocolate cupcake recipe is great for entertaining guests as they look and taste amazing. 

10. Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes

For those of you who can’t eat gluten, we have got you covered with this chocolate cupcake recipe. These gluten-free chocolate cupcakes are delectable and even have a secret chocolate spread center.

I bet no one will be able to tell these are gluten-free chocolate cupcakes.

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11. Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes

The eggless chocolate cupcakes are moist and so light, you wouldn’t believe there is no egg in them. Just because you don’t eat eggs doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a chocolate cupcake.

If you want to have a rich and moist chocolate cupcake, then you need to try this recipe right now. 

12. Sugar-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

If you are someone who doesn’t consume sugar then you have to try this sugar-free chocolate cupcake recipe. They are so soft and fluffy. These chocolate cupcakes are simply amazing

13. Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

For those of you who can’t eat dairy, you will be shocked by these chocolate cupcakes. They are simple to make and are not over the top. Great for doing some late-night baking at home.

These are the perfect cupcakes for those who can’t eat dairy but love chocolate. 

14. White Chocolate Cupcakes With White Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate is chocolate. Sometimes white chocolate is richer than milk chocolate.

This chocolate cupcake recipe takes white chocolate to a new level. The cupcakes are rich due to having a white chocolate sponge with white chocolate buttercream. If you are someone who is obsessed with white chocolate, you have to try this recipe

15. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

The last entry on this list is for all of you who love dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is an acquired taste. These dark chocolate cupcakes will hopefully appeal to that taste. The cupcakes have a dark chocolate sponge with a dark chocolate frosting.

If you are looking for an intensely dark chocolate cupcake recipe, this is the one for you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know When My Chocolate Cupcakes Are Done Baking? 

Making sure that your cupcakes are cooked can be a tricky thing to tell. You don’t want to end up with underbaked cupcakes or over-baked ones. That is why there are a few tips and tricks so you are able to tell when your cupcakes are fully cooked. 

The first way we can tell if our chocolate cupcakes are done is with the toothpick test. All you have to do for this method is stick the toothpick into the middle of your cupcake.

Then when you pull the toothpick out of the cupcake, if the toothpick is dry without any wet cake batter on it your cupcake is done.

Remember if you have used chocolate chips in your cupcake batter, these might make the toothpick wet so check to see if the residue on the toothpick is melted chocolate. 

The other way to tell if your cupcakes are ready is the spring method. All you have to do is press down lightly on the top of your cupcake. If the cupcake springs or bounces back into shape then it is done. 

Why Are My Cupcakes Not Rising? 

There could be a few reasons as to why your cupcakes aren’t rising. Don’t worry, we’ll go through the main reasons.

The first thing you should do is check your rising agent. Check to see if your baking powder or baking soda is in date. If you have out-of-date baking powder or baking soda then they won’t react with the other ingredients the way they should.

If you think your baking soda might still be in date, add it to some vinegar and hot water. If this mixture bubbles then your baking soda is still in date. To check baking powder just mix it with hot water and see if it bubbles.

The other thing you need to make sure you are doing is measuring your baking powder and baking soda accurately. Too much baking powder or baking soda will cause your cupcakes to collapse.

Too little baking soda or baking powder and they won’t rise. 

Your cupcakes might not rise much because you haven’t put enough batter in the cases. You should fill them so they are just over halfway. 

Make sure you are baking your cupcakes at the temperature that the recipe you are following requires.  

The last piece of advice we have to make sure that your cupcakes are rising is to not overmix the batter. This will trap air into your batter which will eventually escape as your cupcakes are rising, causing them to deflate. 

How Do I Keep My Cupcakes Moist? 

Keeping your cupcakes moist depends on how you store them. To keep your cupcakes moist you want to store cupcakes that are not iced in an airtight container.

Make sure any cupcakes that haven’t been iced and are not in the freezer are iced within 2 to 3 days of baking. Don’t store them in the refrigerator as this will dry them out. 

If you want to keep your cupcakes moist during the baking process then the best thing is to make sure you don’t overbake them. 

How Should I Store My Cupcakes?

When considering where to store your cupcakes, to keep them in the best condition there is only one great option. At room temperature on the countertop.

This is the same for cupcakes that are not frosted or are frosted. Although there are exceptions to this rule. 

Cupcakes with whipped cream frosting, buttercream frosting, or cream cheese frosting do have to be stored in the refrigerator but should be brought to room temperature before you serve them.

Sometimes storing buttercream cupcakes outside of the refrigerator and on the countertop is fine, but just check to make sure they haven’t gone bad before you eat them. 

We prefer to keep our buttercream cupcakes on the countertop, but do this at your own risk! 

Final Thoughts

We are done sharing these 15 amazing chocolate cupcake recipes. Our mouths are watering just thinking about baking them. Hopefully, we have proved that making chocolate cupcakes can be fun and great for all of your family and friends. 

Hopefully, we have helped you find the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe for you to make. All that is left to say is have fun baking your chocolate cupcakes!


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