Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing

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PREP TIME

25 min

TOTAL TIME

1 h 20 min

Makes

24 cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing

Photo, Erik Putz.

Top these triple-tested classic chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing and colourful sprinkles for bakery-worthy treats this winter.


Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup hot strong coffee

icing

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup 35% cream
  • sprinkles , (optional)

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Line 2 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
  • WHISK flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  • WHISK eggs in a large bowl, then whisk in buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Whisk in flour mixture until just combined. Whisk in hot coffee until smooth.
  • DIVIDE among prepared cups and bake until a cake tester inserted into centre of a cupcake comes out clean, 17 to 19 min. Let cool in pan for 5 min. Remove cupcakes to a rack to cool completely, 25 min.
  • ICING: Beat butter in a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until smooth, 1 to 2 min. Gradually beat in icing sugar on low, scraping bottom and sides of bowl. Add vanilla and salt and beat on medium-high until very light and fluffy, 3 to 4 min. Add cream and beat 1 min. Frost cooled chocolate cupcakes and add sprinkles.

 

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 281,
  • Protein
  • 2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38 g,
  • Fat
  • 14 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 204 mg.

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Kitchen Tips:

  • Use a star tip fitted in a piping bag for a swirled top, or use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon for a quick frosted finish.
  • Replace hot coffee with hot decaf coffee to reduce caffeine.