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Chocolate fudge cupcake on an upside down muffin tin with cupcakes around.

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

  • Author: Maria
  • Total Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cupcakes 1x


Moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with a rich, fudge frosting for the best Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes. These light and fluffy cupcakes are the perfect balance of sweetness and decadence!



For the cupcakes

  • 140 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 220 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 40 g (1/2 cup) dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) hot coffee
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the fudge frosting

  • 385 g (3 cups) powdered sugar
  • 40 g (1/2 cup) dutch process cocoa powder
  • 226 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 85 g (3 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 60 g (1/4 cup) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, coffee, vegetable oil, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk for 1 minute to combine.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner halfway.
  6. Baked cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cupcakes for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

For the fudge frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add the sifted sugar and cocoa powder to and beat until combined.
  3. With the mixer on medium speed, pour in the melted chocolate and beat to combine.
  4. Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat the frosting on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Frost the cooled chocolate cupcakes with the fudge frosting.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: chocolate cupcakes, fudge cupcakes, chocolate buttercream, chocolate cupcake recipe