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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 169kcal
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 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder optional


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • 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.
  • Scoop the batter into your cupcake liners, I like using a ¼ measuring cup.
  • 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.
  • Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  • Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.


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!


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg