Double Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Double Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This isn’t your standard chocolate cupcake recipe. Packed with butter, cocoa powder and sour cream, these chocolate cupcakes are light, chocolaty and moist all at the same time. There’s even a secret ingredient thrown in. Can you guess what it is?

It’s coffee — we know, coffee sounds a little odd, but trust us. You don’t end up tasting the coffee, but you do taste the chocolate. That’s right — coffee boosts the flavor of the cocoa powder, making these taste rich and chocolaty.

The cupcakes are topped with one of our favorite frosting recipes — sour cream chocolate frosting.

Mixer Free Double Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

There’s no need to break out the mixer for these cupcakes 0r the frosting. Just a few bowls, a whisk and a spoon. Pretty awesome, right?

Making the Cupcakes

Making the cupcakes is simple — melt butter, add the coffee and cocoa powder then whisk until smooth. Then, combine with flour, sugar and a few more ingredients like baking soda and salt.

After that, add sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Then, they are ready to bake. Seriously simple.

What is Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting Like?

If you’ve never had sour cream chocolate frosting, the best way to explain it is something in between rich chocolate pudding and buttercream. It isn’t something you can pipe onto cake. Instead, you just spoon or spread it on top. The frosting then has enough powdered sugar in it to gently fall over the sides of the cupcake, but not so far that it’s messy.

It tastes rich, chocolaty and is a tiny bit tart from the sour cream, which we like — it cuts through the richness.

It goes without saying that you could use any frosting you like — for this chocolate cupcake recipe, we also love the creamy white frosting used on our Guinness Chocolate Cake.

 Double Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

We just love these double chocolate cupcakes. What do you think, are you ready to give them a try?

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Double Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
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Why we love this recipe. These chocolate cupcakes are so easy to make. They are light, but so chocolaty. We top each cupcake with a spoonful of sour cream chocolate frosting -- a frosting that’s between pudding and buttercream. It’s rich, chocolaty and delicious.

What you need to know. We add coffee to this recipe -- you don’t really taste the coffee. It’s there to bring out as much chocolate flavor as possible. If you don’t want to use coffee, water will also work. Also, you can make the sour cream chocolate frosting a day in advance -- just keep covered in the refrigerator.

Equipment you’ll need. You will need a small saucepan, measuring jugs, cups and spoons, large bowl, medium bowl, spatula and a whisk.
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Yield: 18-20
You Will Need
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup (177 ml) brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup (41 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) sour cream (we use regular sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 ounce (28 grams) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (115 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup (63 grams to 83 grams) sour cream (we use regular sour cream)
Heat Oven and Prepare Pan
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place paper baking cups in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups.
Prepare Cupcake Batter
  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat then add coffee and warm through. Remove from heat then whisk in cocoa powder until completely smooth. Cool 1 minute.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk or stir 10 to 20 times -- it is important that everything is combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream and the vanilla extract until well blended.
  4. Pour cocoa and coffee mixture into the flour mixture then use a spatula or large spoon to gently stir until combined. You do not need to beat, just stir until incorporated. Now, add the egg and sour cream mixture and continue to stir until incorporated.Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Step-1
Bake Cupcakes
  1. Fill prepared muffin cups two-thirds full then bake 16 to 20 minutes until a tooth pick can be inserted and comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Prepare Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting
  1. Melt butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Transfer butter and chocolate to a medium bowl then whisk in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract.Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting-Step-1
  2. Whisk in powdered sugar then add 1/4 cup of the sour cream and whisk until blended. Frosting should be loose, but spreadable. Add more sour cream as necessary. Refrigerate 30 minutes. (This frosting thickens slightly after refrigeration).
Frost Cupcakes
  1. Check the consistency of the frosting -- if it is a little too loose, refrigerate it for another 30 to 45 minutes. It thickens slightly when cold.
  2. To frost cupcakes, spoon or spread a generous tablespoon on top of each cooled cupcake.
Notes and Tips
Sour Cream Frosting Adapted and Inspired from this Frosting Recipe on Epicurious.

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  • Rannie November 6, 2015, 1:47 am

    Hi Joanne,

    I tried your bluberry muffin and it was a hit. Today i will try this chocolate cupcakes, and i have one question to ask to you. Should i mix coffee with water first or just put directly coffee granules to the butter?

    Thanks in advanced?


    • Joanne November 7, 2015, 2:36 pm

      Hi Rannie, We actually use brewed coffee for these cupcakes. Just add it to the melted butter. Sorry if the recipe was not clear. I just updated it to say “brewed coffee” instead of “coffee.” All the best! Joanne

  • Linda July 18, 2015, 9:40 pm

    Hi Joanne, can I put chocolate chips in these cupcakes and if so, will I have to adjust the rest of the recipe?

    • Joanne August 10, 2015, 1:53 pm

      Yes, some chocolate chips added would be great. No adjustments should be necessary. We would add around a 1/2-cup of chocolate chips.

  • Jude September 29, 2013, 4:37 am

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it was not moist. Was it supposed to be moist? But still, our church group loved it as I baked a whole batch for them. You’re right, coffee enhanced the flavor of the chcolate that my church friends thought i used dark chocolate 🙂 And it tasted even better the following day 🙂 thanks

    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 3:00 pm

      So glad everyone enjoyed them. The cupcakes should not be dry — it is possible they baked a few minutes longer than necessary (since cupcakes are so small, they can over bake and become dry).

  • Ash July 12, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Yum yum !!!!!! There good

  • Jean Cazimero June 21, 2013, 5:01 am

    I got this recipe and I can say it was thick batter. And very chocolatey. I love the smoothness of it.I will definitely make this again. They also taste mmmmmm!

  • The Lone Person May 23, 2013, 6:36 pm


  • Brooke @ Keep Calm Cupcakes May 6, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Going to make these this weekend, I bet they’ll be a hit!

  • WC April 25, 2013, 9:19 am

    Love this recipe! I’m going to try it and compare it with my (as of now) go-to chocolate cake / cupcake recipe and see what the difference is.

    Is it possible though to substitude yogurt for sour cream in the actual batter? Or will it not have the desired effect?

    • Adam April 26, 2013, 7:31 pm

      Substituting yogurt for sour cream should work just fine. You will have to come back and let us know if it replaced your go-to 🙂

  • Judy April 10, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Hi Joanne, would there by a high altitude adjustment for this recipe? I live at about 4500 feet. Cannot wait to try this – I need to bake 6 dozen for a baby shower! thanks

    • Joanne April 16, 2013, 12:38 pm

      Hi Judy — This is a tough one since we really have no way to test the recipe at higher altitudes. Here is a great article from All Recipes with tips for baking cakes at higher altitudes

      We’re assuming you will need to increase the oven temperature slightly (by 25 degrees F). We also recommend testing the recipe first before making the 6 dozen for the baby shower.

  • Sarah April 4, 2013, 10:49 am

    This looks delish! Excited to try them..but is the 3/4 cup coffee in the recipe just straight black coffee? Im not a coffee drinker so wondering just how much coffee goes into the 3/4 cup… a teaspoon maybe? stronger?

    • Joanne April 4, 2013, 11:27 am

      Hi Sarah — You could use instant coffee. Take a look at the instructions on the package — instant usually requires a slightly rounded teaspoon per cup of coffee. For regular brewed coffee, one cup of water usually needs about 2 tablespoons of coffee. The coffee does not need to be strong.

      • Sarah April 26, 2013, 10:42 am

        Just wanted to let you know i made them last week and LOVED them!! Wouldn’t expect something so quick and easy to put together could be so yummy! Next week i’m going to try the Guinness Chocolate Cake..can’t wait!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 2, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Gotta love a classic like this! Yum!

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste April 2, 2013, 2:38 pm

    These look absolutely incredible! Can’t wait to make them ASAP!


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