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Super Moist Double Chocolate Cupcakes

A super moist double chocolate cupcake made from scratch using real melted chocolate in the cake and frosting. These are bound to become your go-to chocolate cupcake recipe!

Everyone needs to have a solid super moist chocolate cupcake recipe on hand. It is such a classic recipe and finding one that guarantees results each and every time is a treasure. These cupcakes can be filled and frosted with literally anything. It has become my one and only used recipe, truly everything you could ever desire in a chocolate cupcake.

I make these cupcakes whenever I need to satisfy my chocolate cravings.

Why I adore this recipe:

The cupcakes have enough structure to stand up to tons of frostings and flavours while still being super soft with that wonderful melt-in-your-mouth feel.

While this recipe is very easy, it does call for some specific ingredients to ensure that the cupcakes bake as they are supposed to.

Key Ingredients

Chocolate cupcakes can be paired with just about any frosting such as vanilla, peanut butter or caramel. Today I went the classic route with a delicious double chocolate buttercream frosting.

This is my favourite chocolate frosting recipe and I use it whenever I need to frost with chocolate. The recipe calls for both cocoa powder and melted chocolate which give a beautiful complexity of chocolate flavour and texture. I also love using evaporated milk to loosen the frosting as it makes creamy yet light. Having said that, you can just as easily use regular milk or cream instead.

Chocolate buttercream tips:

Tips for success:

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Super Moist Double Chocolate Cupcakes

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Recipe by Linda @thedutchbaker

12 – 14

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  • 1/2 cup (100gms) unsalted butter

  • 2 oz/56gms dark or semi sweet baking chocolate, anywhere between 50% to 100%

  • 3/4 cup (90gms) minus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour*

  • 1 tablespoon corn flour/cornstarch

  • 1/2 cup (48gms) cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup (100gms) white sugar

  • 1/4 cup (50gms) light or dark soft brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup (125mls) sour cream**

  • For the frosting
  • 1 cup (200gms) softened salted butter

  • 1/3 cup (35gms) cocoa powder

  • 1 1/2 cups (190gms) icing sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoons (30mls) evaporated milk***

  • 75 gms (2/5oz) melted dark chocolate, anywhere from 50% to 100%


  • Preheat oven to 160C/325F. Line a muffin tray with cupcake cups.
  • In a heat proof bowl over simmering water (or in a microwave) melt the butter and chocolate together and whisk smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside. In a another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla white sugar and brown sugar until combined. Pour in the melted chocolate mixture and whisk smooth.
  • Using a spatula or spoon add in the half of the flour mix then the sour cream then the remaining flour mix whisking everything slowly only until *just* combined. I recommend doing this by hand to avoid over mixing. Batter will be very thick. Divide batter between cupcake cups filling each only 2/3 full.
  • Bake cupcakes for 15 – 17 minutes or until cooked through and a knife or toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Make sure not to over bake these cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack for about 10 minutes then put them in an airtight container to continue cooling all the way. This traps in the moisture making the cupcakes extra moist and fudgy. Don’t skip this last step.
  • For the frosting
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a bain-marie or in a microwave, set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the butter for about 2 minutes until creamy. Add in the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth and combined.
  • Add in the icing sugar and cream and whisk until combined. Whisk on high speed for 2 minutes until fluffy. Add in vanilla extract and evaporated milk.
  • Pour in the melted chocolate and beat smooth.
  • To assemble
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, use a piping tip or knife/spoon to frost the top of each cupcake with the buttercream. Top with chocolate shavings or sprinkles if desired. Store cupcakes in an airtight container.


  • *Measure 3/4 cup/90gms flour then remove 1 tablespoon and continue with the recipe. This ensures the cupcakes have a lovely, light and soft crumb.
  • **Sour cream can be replaced with full fat Greek yoghurt if needed.
  • ***Evaporated can be replaced with milk or cream.
  • These cupcakes rise alot so make sure not to over fill your cupcake cups. Don’t go over 2/3 full.
  • Recipe by the dutch baker.

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