Buttercream Chocolate Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

For the frosting:

  • 2 and 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for decoration, optional

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a 12-cup cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each time. You may also melt the butter and chocolate over low heat on the stovetop. Stir until smooth and set aside to slightly cool.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, toss the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Add the cooled butter/chocolate and whisk until smooth. Add half of the flour mixture, then half of the buttermilk. Repeat until everything is added. Stir until *just* combined; do not overmix. The batter will be very thick like pudding.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder to assure there are no lumps. Set aside.
  2. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition.
  4. Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined for at least 2 minutes.
  5. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.

 

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