Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

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The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe -make chocolate cupcakes with silky chocolate ganache and the BEST chocolate buttercream frosting. Chocolate lovers, these chocolate cupcakes are for you!

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Chocolate Ganache and Buttercream Frosting

If you like chocolate, you are in for a real treat today! I created the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake Recipe. I’ve sampled a lot of chocolate cupcakes from bakeries around the country and I have to say that these are the very best. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s true. I am so in love with these cupcakes.

Bring on the Chocolate!

There are a few steps involved, but each step is SO worth it!

  • Start with chocolate cupcakes
  • Add a layer of silky chocolate ganache
  • Top with the BEST chocolate buttercream frosting.
  • Add mini chocolate chips because they are cute and the more chocolate the better, right?
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Ganache, Frosting, and Mini Chips

The basic chocolate cupcake recipe is simple. Super moist and super chocolaty! After the cupcakes have cooled completely, I spoon the chocolate ganache on top. It is silky, smooth, and SO divine! I also top the cupcakes off with chocolate buttercream frosting. YUM!

Moist Chocolate Cupcake Recipe makes the best Chocolate Cupcakes

I am normally not a big frosting fan. I like a little, but usually scrape most of it off. Not with this chocolate buttercream though. It is hands down the best chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted. I could eat it by the spoonful! It is the perfect finish to my chocolate cupcakes! I like to pipe a big swirl on top!

Half dozen of the best chocolate cupcakes on cooling rack

The mini chocolate chips just add a nice little decoration. Chocolate sprinkles would also be fun! Look at that puddle of chocolate ganache! Mmmmm!

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe for the Best chocolate cupcakes

Rich and Delicious

Make sure you grab a glass of milk to go with these cupcakes. They are RICH! I didn’t think I would be able to eat an entire cupcake by myself. I told Caleb I would share with him, but I ended up eating every last crumb. He had to get his own:) They are rich, but not too rich. I could devour one any day!

This Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe is perfect for any celebration. I will be requesting them for my birthday! And if you don’t have anything to celebrate, think again. Every day is a celebration, especially when you have Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes. They are the BEST. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with chocolate ganache, buttercream frosting, and chocolate chips

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

The BEST chocolate cupcakes you will ever eat.
4.44 from 16 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
18 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes


For the cupcakes:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

For the chocolate buttercream frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips, for decorating, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute or until batter is smooth. Slowly pour in boiling water and mix until batter is smooth. Don’t over mix.
  4. Fill liners about 1/2 full with batter. Bake cupcakes for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
  5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In the bowl of stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until the frosting is smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. Drizzle in the cooled melted chocolate and beat on medium speed until the frosting is smooth and creamy.
  6. To make the chocolate ganache, add the chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it bubbles around the edges or you can heat it in the microwave. Pour cream over the chocolate chips. Let the mixture stand for 30 seconds, then stir until the chocolate melts and a smooth ganache comes together, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Place the frosting in a pastry bag. Spoon the ganache onto the center of the cupcake. Spread to the edge of the cupcake. Let the cupcakes sit until the ganache firms up, about 5 minutes. Pipe chocolate buttercream frosting over the ganache. Decorate with mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Note-if you want to pipe a high frosting swirl on the cupcakes, you might need to double the frosting recipe. It just depends on how high you go with the frosting.
Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 324IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Super delicious and yummy… I baked the cupcakes with your recipe with my 4 year old daughter and they turned out to be amazing and very easy to bake!!

  2. The worst chocolate cups I have ever made….a waste of my products… The batter was very running. To much raising products. No balance whatsoever… I wanted something special… This wasn’t it…

  3. The worst cupcakes I have ever made. Far too much  baking powder and soda…. Where’s the chocolates? Such a waste of my product s….

  4. I wish these few pointers were mentioned in the recipe:
    1) Tell people that the batter will be VERY runny so that we don’t think something is terribly wrong
    2) The cupcakes should ONLY be filled 1/2 full (or less) because these don’t rise like cupcakes normally would and any excess just runs out onto the pan.  
    3)Because of problem 2 above, I suggest letting the cupcakes cool in the cupcake pan a little before trying to take them out.

    I think these will be good, but because of the run over, most are unattractive.  This would be fine for just my family but I made them intending them for a party.  

  5. Hi Maria and Josh,

    I had to write to you guys and tell you how AMAZING these cupcakes turned out. I wish I could post the pictures I took of them, they looked so delicious in your pictures but when I tasted them after I tried your recipe, I literally melted to the floor. I’m a home baker and have tried so many variations to perfect a good chocolate cake recipe and I have to tell you, yours knocked every one of them out the water. I’m a newbie to your blog but you have gained a loyal follower out of me. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  6. Just made these for my daughter’s second birthday. They are perfect! Rich yet light. The icing is incredible. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe!

  7. I am going to make these for my math class. We are having a Christmas party tomorrow, so would it be okay to make them the night before? Also these look AMAZING!!!!!!!!! If I had one right now I would devour it on about 3 minutes.

  8. This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE chocolate cupcake recipe! It is so simple and only requires the most basic ingredients! I made this for my family and got so many compliments. The frosting was very good. Usually I would use cocoa powder the melted chocolate just gave it that very rich chocolate flavor! I would totally recommend this!

  9. 5 stars
    I am making these for the second time next week. They are as named “Ultimate” This recipe is perfection! This is my go to site first when looking for a new recipe, I would love to see a mocha version.

  10. 5 stars
    All I changed was  substituting freshly brewed coffee for the water as other comments suggested….oh and I need to double the frosting next time (maybe my favorite part!)….but I couldn’t agree more — these are the BEST chocolate cupcakes EVER!! I will never use another recipe again!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Forget starts, this one gets 5 hearts!!

  11. What piping tip did you use to achieve the tall peak? I’ve tried so many chocolate cupcake recipes, and I will try yours next. I’m pretty sure it will taste as good as it looks. I’ll come back and rate them after I bake them.

  12. 4 stars
    Made these last weekend. I cut the recipe in half as I only wanted a small batch. Followed the recipe exactly as written but added some chocolate chips to the batter. They were AMAZING!! Very moist and flavorful.  Thanks so much for the recipe. This is a keeper

  13. 4 stars
    I tried cutting the recipe in half cuz I didn’t have enough sugar to make the whole batch and it didn’t come out the same. It’s worth making the whole batch for sure, these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made.

  14. Delicious!!! I made them for my hubby and he devoured them. …ok, I helped, lol. Great, easy to follow recipe and they are beyond delicious!!! They are now my go to!!

  15. 4 stars
    Just made the moistest and softest cucpacakrs so far. The recipe is super easy and definitely one for keeps! Thanks for sharing. 

  16. My frosting wonderful but my cupcakes came out with a very strange pudding type consistency, I don’t know why??

  17. This cupcake recipe is the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake recipe from the Hershey’s Classic Recipes cookbook. The batter is always runny, but you can pour it into a pitcher to make filling your cupcake pans easier.

  18. 5 stars
    Thanks so much! I love this recipe and will definitely  be making it again. I’m not a fan of the mini chocolate chip thing but that’s just me. Thanks again!

  19. These cupcakes look wonderful. I’d like to make them in mini size for an upcoming English tea party.  Can you advise as to time and temperature for baking mini sized cupcakes?

    Many thanks

  20. 4 stars
    Definitely a great chocolate cupcake recipe and probably one I will use again with a few minor adjustments. The batter is incredibly runny and I wish I had known that before I started. Should be in the recipe notes so folks don’t try and put more flour in like I almost did. I also regretfully added chocolate chips to the batter. They sank to the bottom of each cup and baked a little oddly. I just love having a crunchy chip in any chocolate cake or brownie but that can’t be achieved with this recipe (unless you decorate with them on top as is optionally included in this recipe which in my opinion isn’t quite the same texture)…overall, the appearance is remarkable. Shiny, dark, and well-domed. I plan to frost these tomorrow so hopefully they’ll hold up overnight. Was hoping for recommended storage options but I just layered them with parchment paper in a large Tupperware. They are quite sticky and will stick to each other or plastic bags so be careful storing them unfrosted!

  21. 5 stars
    These cupcakes turned out to be delicious! I was put off at first by some of the comments that were saying that they turned out horrible but I decided to give them a try anyway. I did add and substitute some of the ingredients. I love using Ghirardelli cocoa! I used coconut oil instead of canola or vegetable, I used a cup of super strong Yuban coffee instead of water, I added 1/4 cup more sugar and 1 extra tsp of vanilla to make it a little sweeter. I am really happy that some of the ladies posted that the batter is really runny and to fill your cups only 1/2 way full because all of my cupcakes were nice and even and moist let me tell you. I did you a bigger measuring cup to pour my batter which really helped with no mess. I also tweaked the buttercream recipe since we like our desserts just a little sweeter. I will definitely be baking these again!

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