Chocolate Cupcakes

Making this chocolate cupcake recipe is, well, a piece of cake! This basic cupcake recipe can work for everything from dressy parties to everyday indulgences--just dress the baked cakes in a frosting that fits the occasion.

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 2 1/2-inch cupcake
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cool: 45 mins
  • Bake: 18 mins 350°F

Chocolate Cupcakes

Directions

  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty-four to thirty 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups (see tip, page 00). In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 14 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat about 2 minutes more or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each one-half to two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
  4. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks. Frost with desired frosting.

From the Test Kitchen

Devil's Food Cupcakes:

Prepare as above, except omit baking powder and increase baking soda to 1 1/4 teaspoons.Nutrition Facts per cupcake: 177 cal., 3 g protein, 27 g carb., 7 g total fat, 43 mg chol., 4 g sat. fat, 1 g fiber, 5% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 171 mg sodium, 3% calcium, 5% iron

Chocolate Frosting

Directions

  1. In a very large mixing bowl, beat butter, softened, and unsweetened cocoa powder with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar until well combined. Gradually beat in milk and vanilla until well combined. Gradually beat in 6 cups powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach spreading consistency.
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Nutrition Facts (Chocolate Cupcakes)

  • Per serving:
  • 177 kcal cal.,
  • 7 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 43 mg chol.,
  • 165 mg sodium,
  • 27 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 18 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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