Chocolate Cupcake Recipes

Moist chocolate cupcakes with an equally decadent frosting will be the first to go on any dessert table. They're easy to eat, fun to make from scratch (let the kids help!), and totally delicious.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 1463
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.

Milk-Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes

The cupcakes here, inspired by the squiggly-topped childhood favorite, are plumped up with a chocolaty pudding filling, topped with a ganache glaze, and crowned with elegant chocolate curls. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 603.

Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes

These Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes can be frosted and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a day ahead. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, decorate them with the hearts just before serving.

Molten Chocolate-Espresso Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 102
These little cakes are our new go-to dessert, for so many reasons. They're fast and easy (though they don't look it), and they're great for company or just whenever you need a chocolate fix (pretty much every afternoon). Serve them plain, or topped with a bit of ganache and a sprinkling of pistachios or (our favorite) flaky sea salt.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 2313
With its distinct look, the popular red velvet cupcake is a top contender for favorite flavor. These red velvet cupcakes are easy to whip up for your next get-together. Top them off with a cream cheese frosting that's just as tasty as the red velvet cupcake itself.

Devil's Food Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 597
We mixed sour cream into the batter to add moistness and a subtle tang. Silky smooth ganache makes a rich topping; other options include seven-minute frosting and cream-cheese frosting. The chocolate curls are easily made with a few strokes of a vegetable peeler.

Hi-Hat Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 274
These silly sweets take their name seriously; from the book, Cupcakes!. Make these Hi-Hat Cupcakes for your next party and even the most discerning of palettes will be delighted. 

Chocolate-Filled Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 82
Chocolate melted in each of these sweetsis like built-in frosting.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

A sweet surprise awaits in the center of this cupcake -- no messy extra steps required, thanks to the genius addition of a store-bought cream-filled chocolate cookie.

Hi-Hat Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 241
These adorable little Hi-Hat cupcake are topped with a white cloud of frosting encased in chocolate. It's a fun and delicious dessert everyone will love.

Inspiration and Ideas

11 Perfect Chocolate Chip Cake and Cupcake Recipes
Chocolate chips are a childhood favorite, and is it any wonder why? They make everything better: Decadent cakes, bite-size cupcakes, and soft, chewy cookies.
Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
Rating: Unrated 60
Equal parts flour and cocoa powder in the batter create a rich, dense, and intensely chocolatey cupcake.
Owl Cupcakes

If the cream filling of the sandwich cookies is discolored by cookie crumbs when twisted open, gently scrape with a paring knife to remove loose crumbs before using.