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Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla French Buttercream


Butter Lane's chocolate cupcakes with vanilla French buttercream will appease all chocolate lovers.

  • Yield: Makes 40 cupcakes

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009


  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Vanilla French Buttercream


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 40 standard muffin cups with cupcake liners and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chocolate and beat on medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with 1 cup water and beginning and ending with flour; beat until just combined, 1 to 3 minutes.

  5. Fill prepared muffin cups three-quarters full with batter. Transfer to oven and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate muffin pans and continue baking until a cake tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 10 minutes more. Let cool completely before frosting.

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  • sofia998
    11 MAY, 2013
    I do not recomend you to do this recipe. I've done it 3 times and all of them have been a mess, i dont know if anythings wrong with the ingridients or process, but it has been a total waste of time and food for me. A total mess
  • lemon chiffon
    1 OCT, 2012
    I have made many a cupcake from the Martha Stewart Cupcake cookbook and the website. All have turned out well except for these. Move on to another recipe....heed the other warnings
  • Tween_Chef
    28 JUL, 2012
    Ok these look good! I'm going camping with my family this weekend (also with my cousin's family) and I'm guessing I have to doble the recipe because there's 5 of us and 6 of them and i'm guessing we will probably eat 2 cupcakes each.................let you know if there good after i make them (im 10 years old)
  • jacole22
    14 JAN, 2012
    I made these and read it wrong and ended up using 2 cups of water instead of 1. The cupcakes turned out really good but it did not make even close to 40 cupcakes I think I ended up with 32.
  • jacole22
    14 JAN, 2012
    I made these and read it wrong and ended up using 2 cups of water instead of 1. The cupcakes turned out really good but it did not make even close to 40 cupcakes I think I ended up with 32.
  • aulait
    10 SEP, 2011
    Adore Italian Marscapone Cream Cheese in a "tub" in place of tangy Original Cream Cheese.Works on Froastings.Would not replace in a recipe unless know visocity first.Could make runny.
  • 2smallcats
    20 APR, 2011
    I've made this recipe three times now to rave reviews. It makes a light, cakey cupcake; I've topped it with Billy's chocolate buttercream and the brown butter glaze from other recipes, as I don't really like meringue icing. If you want an explosively chocolate cupcake, this may not be the one for you, as this recipe makes a more delicately flavoured cupcake.
  • ChocolateInYourFACE
    2 APR, 2011
    Im making his recipe now and i saw that you need to add 1 cup Sour Cream. Why the heck would you add sour cream???
  • MS12186721
    22 MAR, 2011
    To whom it may concern... I've noticed a lot of negative comments in regards to mart has bake goods. I just want to point out that baking is not like cooking. You can't eye ingredient measurements or substitute items. The recipe must be followed precisely or you will alter the outcome. So please use cake flour if it's called for, let the chocolate cool before you add it and READ the instructions so you don't miss the water. This recipe is amazing if you follow it.
  • samich
    15 FEB, 2011
    Just add 1 cup water to ingredient list because in the video of the program they did use water. I guess they forgot to add it to the list. I am a baker and when a recipe calls for water it is in the ingredient list.