Rating: 3.71 stars
478 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 128
  • 4 star values: 171
  • 3 star values: 112
  • 2 star values: 45
  • 1 star values: 22
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin cups with paper liner. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 cups warm water; whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.

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  • Divide batter among muffin cups (filling each about 2/3 full) and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pans on wire racks, 5 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to racks and let cool completely. Frost as desired.

Reviews (22)

478 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 128
  • 4 star values: 171
  • 3 star values: 112
  • 2 star values: 45
  • 1 star values: 22
Rating: 5.0 stars
02/13/2020
Very rich chocolate flavor! Easy to make . I reduce reduce down to 2 dozen cupcakes. I frost them with Chocolate ganache. My husband loves them.
Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2018
For some reason my iPad wouldn't let me click on 5 stars but I would. This is my go-to recipe for birthday cakes/cupcakes! Everyone goes crazy for them! Because of all of the sugar, they barely need frosting. I just use frosting in a jar for my kids vs going to the trouble of making butter cream. Everyone always wants the recipe 😋
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2014
Great result every time, I love how light they are and the chocolate flavor is the perfect balance. Also the recipe is easy to divide into smaller batches. My 3 year old loves to help me make these they are that uncomplicated.
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Rating: Unrated
11/29/2014
Great result every time, I love how light they are and the chocolate flavor is the perfect balance. Also the recipe is easy to divide into smaller batches. My 3 year old loves to help me make these they are that uncomplicated.
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2014
I made these cupcakes this morning. The taste was great, only they were a little too moist. I believe that was because I baked them at a lower temperature?
Rating: Unrated
09/20/2014
Excellent result, my second time ever making cupcakes so I didn't even know you could use oil, not need a fancy mixer and I was skeptical when I read to add water but I just did as instructed and it was perfect. The ingredients were super simple, I made buttermilk with regular milk & lemon juice as a DIY place filler, I found the recipe online. What a hit! Easy to divide by three for just 12 cupcakes as I did.
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Rating: Unrated
09/07/2014
Isn't 3 cups a sugar a bit too much? I made cupcakes using this recipe and they came out horrible and hard and very very sugary.
Rating: Unrated
09/07/2014
What adjustments should I make to bake these cupcakes at high altitude?
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2014
These turned out perfect! I made them today- added a dozen or so frostings - and everybody loved them. So easy, so moist, so yummy! *_*
Rating: Unrated
11/12/2013
I've made these last week for a friends birthday. It was perfect, especially with my homemade salted caramel frosting, it really compliments each other. I did 2 other frosting which are lemon orange and barcardi flavoured. Salted caramel frosting is well liked by all.
Rating: Unrated
11/01/2013
Made these, but with mocha buttercream and ended up with people placing orders for them...yikes!
Rating: Unrated
05/02/2013
These Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes are awesome Sarah! Even my husband said, that they are delicious! Now for the "Swiss Buttercream Icing" What's the secret, it turned out as a flop!
Rating: Unrated
04/06/2013
These cupcakes were a great hit, the frosting made it extra fancy and delicious at the same time I gotta say I never made cupcakes that tasted this yummy!!!
Rating: Unrated
04/06/2013
This recipe was the best cupcake recipe I made, especially the frosting that made them look fancy and still taste delicious, these cupcakes was surely a hit!
Rating: Unrated
03/27/2013
This proved to be super easy and extra yummy. We made it in cooking class yesterday and the kids loved it. Also we did the frosting and it swirled....yeah. But I would not use a zip lock bag, it burst after the first cupcake. But it still was extra cool!
Rating: Unrated
03/27/2013
what is the recipe for the icing... wish they would proof read the recipes ,,this is why l don't do recipes from her books.
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
These cupcakes are delicious! I added the warm water and was a bit skeptical because the batter was very runny (I'm used to very thick batter and resulting very dense cupcakes) but the cupcakes came out great. Very light but not at all dry - very moist. I used Martha's recipe for Billy's chocolate buttercream (adding a teaspoon of almond extract to make it chocolate almond buttercream). Delicious! My boyfriend inhaled them!
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2013
These cupcakes are fantastic! I made them for my sister-in-laws birthday and frosted them with a chocolate/white buttercream swirl as suggested. One thing I noticed though, the 1 1/2 c warm water added in the video is not in the recipe. I was glad I watched the video or I would have ended up with thick, brownie like cupcakes instead of moist, cake ones;)
Rating: Unrated
03/16/2013
The cupcakes look so good can't wait to make them. Please tell me about the recipe for the icing. Thank you
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2013
The water is listed in the directions but not in the list of ingredients. It is assumed that we all have water available to us.
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2013
Like others, the video shows adding water but not in recipe. Please confirm printed recipe is accurate.
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2013
There is NO water in the list of ingredients..isn't that a lot of liquid beside the buttermilk?
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2013
The cupcakes look yummy, but noticed the 1 1/2 cups of warm water is not in the list of ingredients...should be sure to add.