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One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes


This recipe for a classic chocolate cupcake is one to keep in the arsenal. It's the base for our Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze.

  • Yield: Makes 18

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2009


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth.

  2. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks, and let cool. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

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  • MS12174546
    20 MAR, 2017
    Turns out perfectly every time! I use this recipe for making homemade Hostess Cupcakes.
  • edoerflinger
    14 OCT, 2016
    This is a delicious and almost fail-proof chocolate cupcake recipe. It results in a moist and tender cake with a delicate crumb and a perfect chocolate flavor. I've used this for both full size cupcakes and mini cupcakes and both turned out beautifully. I followed the recipe as written, so alterations.
  • kristimullergm
    27 FEB, 2016
    I make this resipe every year for my kids' birthdays and they always turn out amazing! Theyre super easy and quick to make and so moist. Everyone loves them!
  • romo53
    27 DEC, 2015
    The worst recipe I ever made from "Martha"! Something is drastically wrong with the ingredient amazing, and I suspect it is the baking soda/ baking powder proportions. Rose beautifully while baking, then flopped and sunk terribly. Wasted a lot of good ingredients, as well as my time. Does anyone try these recipes before publishing, or was this someone's idea of a joke? Won't trust Martha again!