Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

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Not everyone likes to use a boxed cake mix to whip up a batch of cupcakes. While it is true that they only need three additional ingredients, with just eight more you can have the best chocolate cupcake recipe from scratch that ever passed your lips.

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If you take the firsts six ingredients listed, and popped them into a quart sized zippy bag, you would have your own cake mix ready to go! For a fraction of the store bought cost, you just add milk and vanilla extract, besides the normal egg, oil, and water combination. This will seriously cut the cost of a cake mix back to about $0.25 versus the $1.50 pre-sale pricing.

*Here is the secret to a huge options on variations for this chocolate cupcake recipe. If you want chocolate orange cupcakes, use orange extract instead of vanilla. Mint extract would make for a great chocolate mint cupcake! Just think of all the different flavored extracts that you can use! Butter flavored extract would make for a fantastically rich flavored gourmet treat. How about almond extract for a perfect match to some cherry frosting? Now you have Black Forrest cupcakes! Banana extract would lend itself to a treat any little monkey would be tickled to have.

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla*
  • 1 C boiling water

Chocolate Cupcake Directions:

best chocolate cupcake recipe cupcakes waiting to be decorated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
Combine the eggs,milk, oil and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
Gradually add the boiling water, milk and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
Using a medium scoop fill the paper lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.

Cool completely before decorating.

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