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Chocolate Cupcakes


This recipe is the gold standard when it comes to classic cupcakes. We frosted these with Easy White Icing, but you could use our Chocolate Glaze for an even richer dessert.

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  • Yield: Makes 12
Chocolate Cupcakes

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Easy White Icing
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.

  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.

  3. Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then spread with Easy White Icing using a table knife or small offset spatula. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

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  • alexhalinda
    14 SEP, 2017
    I really liked how they turned out! Definitely a dense cupcake, but they turned out awesome!! The batter was so rich and creamy, and the cupcakes looked like something out of a cartoon with how nice they rose! I paired it with pumpkin spice butter cream frosting for the fall time, and it was PERFECTION. I don't understand some of the reviews tbh, if it turned out too dense, or it didn't rise, that's not the recipe's fault, it's the baker's. Like, I'm 14 guys, it's not that hard.
  • ecor2310
    18 JUN, 2017
    Great recipe! They just just got out of the oven, they have a good rich chocolate taste! Thank you!
  • marwaabahri
    7 MAY, 2017
    Best recipe I've tried
  • rapinanrmsue
    23 APR, 2017
    Loved them! Dense, rich chocolate cupcake. Great with simple vanilla frosting. Yum!
  • milenarudolph
    10 APR, 2017
    I just made these and they came out awesome!!! Super fluffy and not too dry at all. I really dont understand all the negative reviews on this recipe...They are just fluffy chocolate heaven! My boyfriend loves them and my family does so too, they are already gone even though I just made them! Amazing recipe!!
  • aanadwenehotma
    3 APR, 2017
    Wish I had read the reviews before making these. These are brownies, not cupcakes. Once a realized how heavy the batter was it was too late to do anything to fix it. Very dense and heavy end result. I get that people say play with the recipe... But when you get them from well known bakers you don't expect to have to alter the recipe to make them edible....
    1 FEB, 2017
    Super easy and delicious! I really liked that it makes just 12 cupcakes. My family consumed them in one sitting. No leftover temptation! Used the White Icing. I have used the Chocolate Glaze for special cakes and that's also super easy and delicious! Can't understand why these didn't turn out well for some folks. Maybe they baked them too long.
  • silverclas5968175
    21 DEC, 2016
    delicious but dense. It's not quite a brownie but it did come out denser than I usually like for my cupcakes. I used a good quality cocoa and real vanilla. They definitely did rise, just not a ton. If you want a lighter cupcake I would warm the eggs before adding them and whip them more.
  • Nielson4569
    17 DEC, 2016
    Absolutely disgusting! Wish I would have read comments before I made these! I was in a rush for a chocolate cupcake recipe to make for the peanut butter frosting I had already made and I didn't read reviews. Hard lesson learned! Dense, dry, and tasteless! So gross! Never, ever, will I make a Martha Stewart recipe again. EWWW!!!
  • mriggsbeemeco
    18 SEP, 2016
    These cupcakes where a slap in the face. I just thought they where teriable!!! They didnt rise so dont bother to wast your time and food baking them. They splaterd all over my pans and oven. I wasn't very happy.