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The Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

The Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This chocolate cupcake recipe is easy, delicious, and moist! Light and fluffy, you’ll have the best chocolate cupcakes in no time!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 169 kcal
Author Lisa


  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ¼ cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix together, either by hand or in a stand mixer, the oil, vanilla, sour cream, heavy cream and eggs. Then mix in the boxed cake mix, cocoa powder, and espresso powder if using.
  3. Scoop the batter into your cupcake liners, I like using a ¼ measuring cup.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Make sure to bake all the cakes on the same oven rack so they bake evenly.
  5. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  7. I recommend using my easy vanilla buttercream to frost these with!

Recipe Notes

This recipe can also be made into a cake! It will make 3 6in round cakes, similar to my white cake recipe. Just make sure to butter and flour the cake rounds and bake for 25 minutes!

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.