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Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes


This week I was asked to bring in a dessert for work, this rarely happens since we are supposed to eat healthy at our workplace…but since they asked I jumped at the opportunity! I love any reason to bake!!

I never got into the cupcake craze. I like cupcakes…they are cute, fun, and usually pretty tasty, but I guess I just prefer baking other desserts. I do have several cupcake recipes on my long baking list, but haven’t gotten around to many of them.

Well, I finally tried one this time around. I went with Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Cupcake recipe. I stuck with a classic. Almost everyone loves chocolate, right?? I know I do!!

I wanted to try this recipe because of the ingredient list…buttermilk, oil, warm water, cocoa. I figured these would lead to moist, chocolaty cupcakes. I HATE it when they are dry!! Well, I was right, these cupcakes were super moist and chocolaty!! I had leftover cream cheese frosting that needed to be used so I topped them off with that. Why waste a good thing?

My co-workers approved, 2 thumbs up from everyone!! I think I will go back to this recipe. The cupcakes were great. I was in a rush that night so I didn’t have time to do any fancy decorating, but maybe next time. These would be fun for birthdays, holidays, etc.



Chocolate Cupcakes

Adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix batter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about one-third full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

I ended up with 18 normal size cupcakes. You could do minis or big ones if you wish!


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40 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. 1
    The Food Librarian — November 7, 2008 @ 7:09 am

    I just made these cupcakes and love the recipe too! Yours are very nice and I’m sure your co-workers loved them.

  2. 2
    Erica — November 7, 2008 @ 7:45 am

    These look beautiful on the black and white plates! Nice work. I bet your coworkers love you!

  3. 3
    Meg — November 7, 2008 @ 8:19 am

    Classic is best! I love them!

  4. 4
    Allie — November 7, 2008 @ 8:21 am

    Yummy they look amazing, I love classic cupcakes too!

  5. 5
    Rosie — November 7, 2008 @ 8:50 am

    Oh I adore these cupcakes they look SO beautiful! Being chocolate ones too my fav :)

    Rosie x

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    Mary — November 7, 2008 @ 8:51 am

    These really look amazing. The surface you photographed them on looks like the background of your blog. How did you do that!

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    alexandra's kitchen — November 7, 2008 @ 9:05 am

    its always more fun to bake for other people. I think cocoa powder and buttermilk are secret weapons with baking! these cupcakes sound delish.

  8. 8
    Lisa — November 7, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    Who wouldn’t like a chocolate cupcake? I like your iced cookies too.

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    Kelley Flint — November 7, 2008 @ 10:08 am

    These are great cupcakes. I made these a couple of years ago and loved then with the first bite. Glad you enjoyed them.

  10. 10
    Cathy — November 7, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    I’m positive that I would like these better than the Dorie ones I did a few weeks ago. I like oil in my cupcakes! I am definitely going to try these!

  11. 11
    Teanna — November 7, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    The presentation is so classy and elegant! Gorgeous cupcakes! I’m going to have to try that recipe!

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    Shari@Whisk: a food blog — November 7, 2008 @ 10:22 am

    These would be great for a “black-and-white” party! Love your background!

  13. 13
    Happy cook — November 7, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    Have bookmarked these . It looks really yummy

  14. 14
    Jodi — November 7, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    Yum!

  15. 15
    Mary Ann — November 7, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    This really has been a sweet week for you! These cupcakes sound great especially if they stay nice and moist!

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    Katherine Aucoin — November 7, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

    Your co-workers really got a treat with these yummy cupcakes.

  17. 17
    Bridgett — November 7, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    You cannot go wrong with chocolate nor can you go wrong with a Martha recipe. I am so glad to hear everyone enjoyed them as they look delicious.

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    Live.Love.Eat — November 7, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

    They look simple and delicious although I am not a big chocolate or cupcake eater. I do enjoy making them but I’m like you, I like making other things more. So, without getting too personal, what is the skinny behind the healthiness at work. Is it just personal or is it more in line with the kind of place it is?

  19. 19
    Evan and Rebecca Jones — November 7, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

    Hey – I tried your apple crisp last night. SOOOOOO yum! Evan couldn’t stop eating it (better him than me…) :) Thanks a ton!

  20. 20
    Michelle — November 7, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    Oh these are adorable…classic black and white. :) They look yummy!

  21. 21
    Clumbsy Cookie — November 7, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

    Of course everyone loves chocolate! They looks really dark and chocolatey yum! And even the simple frosting looks great and does a great contrast!

  22. 22
    Pam — November 7, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    Can’t go wrong with chocolate cupcakes. They look mouth watering good. I love the platter.

  23. 23
    Liz — November 7, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

    This is excellent. I have been looking for a good oil-based chocolate cake recipe, and Martha usually delivers. Thanks for posting!

  24. 24
    ttfn300 — November 7, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

    yum :)

  25. 25
    Manggy — November 7, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

    Hey, it’s your signature pattern! The cupcakes look very deep and moist indeed– just the way I like ‘em :)

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    Pamela — November 7, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

    Mmmm…they look so yummy. Can you really go wrong with chocolate AND cream cheese frosting?? I think not! :o)

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    The Blonde Duck — November 8, 2008 @ 4:39 am

    They look very tasty! Classic treat!

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    ask the booth — November 8, 2008 @ 8:22 am

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    Adam — November 8, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    Hey those look a little on the healthy side, so no worries :) Wait a minute… if you don’t bring in all your goodies to work, then who gets them? Haha I guess you have plenty of other friends :)

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    Live.Love.Eat — November 8, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Thanks for your reply. That was cool to know and I like that they have a policy like that. After you told me I then see it in your profile. Silly me, sorry. But I think that’s awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

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  32. 32
    Grace — November 9, 2008 @ 5:47 am

    oh, i’m sure they were gobbled up! i never got on board the cupcake train, either, but i do enjoy them every now and then, especially those doused with frosting. :)

  33. 33
    mikky — November 9, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    mmm… they look so dark and moist… the frosting is an added bonus… :)

  34. 34
    Katie — November 10, 2008 @ 6:55 am

    YUMMMMM! You can’t go wrong with chocolate!

  35. 35
    Allie — November 10, 2008 @ 7:46 am

    P.S. there’s an award for ya’ll on my blog…

  36. 36
    Jo — November 10, 2008 @ 8:22 am

    Yum! Perfectr! :)

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    The Short (dis)Order Cook — November 10, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    They usually want to eat healthfully at work? Blaspheme! Baking for work is exactly how I endear myself to coworkers!

    These look yummy. I love cream cheese frosting with chocolat.e

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    marciemo — March 25, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    Where did you get the super cute plate?

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    Mary — December 14, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    This came out delicious and moist! I made the following variations:
    used white whole wheat flour
    reduced the sugar down to 1 cup
    sub for buttermilk was skim milk soured with about a tablespoon of lemon juice
    baked in a loaf pan for 40 minutes

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    Asma — January 3, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    Hey I want to give this recipe a try. I was just wondering what could be a substitute for buttermilk and vanilla extract. Love the pictures!

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