This easy chocolate cupcake recipe uses a basic box mix, but doctors it up with buttermilk. You’ll love how easy this chocolate cupcake is to make, and how delicious the flavor is!
It’s not uncommon for me to get comments and questions from readers, which indicate that they are new to baking, or want a recipe that will be, for lack of a more interesting word, easy.
Easy. Easy. Easy.
And let me testify to the fact that you don’t have to be new to baking to want that. I want it All. The. Time.
You know what else I want all the time? Chocolate. Which obviously makes this one of the best recipes ever. I could eat chocolate every day. It never gets old. There’s no time of year that’s not chocolate time of year.
Who’s with me?
I don’t make cupcakes very often, and let me tell you why. It’s partly because I would way rather have a cookie or brownie than a cupcake, but it’s mostly because of the frosting.
There are lots of bloggers out there creating these gorgeous cupcakes with perfectly swirled mounds of frosting on them, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous of their skills. I can’t frost a cupcake to save my soul. (My friend Diane makes these beautiful frosting roses, if you’re interested.)
It’s the reason I prefer frosting like this, the kind you just smear on with a knife and doesn’t require a piping bag or any skills at all. EASY.
You might be wondering what makes this cake so easy, and I will confess that I used a cake mix. But regular old cake mix cake is just sort of boring and not that fantastic, so I doctored it up with buttermilk and sour cream. It gives the cupcakes an awesome flavor, and makes them super simple to throw together.
My easy recipe friends, this one is totally for you.
Want more? Try these fun cupcakes!
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup milk
- 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons buttermilk
- For cake, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix until combined.
- Line a cupcake pan with paper liners, and fill each cup about half full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Let cupcakes cool completely.
- For frosting, combine all ingredients in a small bowl, until smooth. Lightly frost cooled cupcakes.