Sometimes we all just need a traditional Moist Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Butter Cream. After all, that is the most popular flavor combo in the world.
These Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Butter Cream are moist, with a dark chocolate flavor and topped with the creamiest vanilla butter cream. The cupcakes are so PERFECTLY moist, which is hard to come by in a scratch chocolate cake recipe! It’s one of the best combos and is sure to please even the pickiest of cupcake eaters 🙂Print This Post
MoistDark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Butter Cream
(makes 12 cupcakes)
Moist Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Vanilla Butter Cream:
1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3 Tablespoon heavy cream
Mini or regular sized chocolate chips
1. Prepare the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners. Place all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl or in a bowl attached to a stand mixer. Blend until all ingredients are well combined, 2-3 minutes. Divide the batter between the 12 cupcake liners.
2. Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 20 minutes (careful not to overcook- that’s what dries out the cupcakes and won’t make them moist!), or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake, comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely before adding the frosting.
4. For Vanilla Butter Cream: Using the wire whisk attachment of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once or twice.
5. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, and add one Tablespoon at a time of the heavy cream until the frosting is creamy and smooth- no lumps! Use a star tip (like I did) or any technique to frost your cuppies!