From Scratch Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

From Scratch Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

How to Make Basic Chocolate Cupcakes From Scratch

The perfect chocolate cupcake is like heaven on earth.  Cupcakes should be light and fluffy and melt in your mouth.  The best way to accomplish this is to make your chocolate cupcakes from scratch. I would like to share my favorite  from scratch basic chocolate cupcake recipe with you.  The recipe is inspired from the Better Homes And Gardens Cupcakes 150 Sweet Recipes magazine which is no longer in print. They are sinfully delicious and I think you will just LOVE them.  Ice these chocolate cupcakes with my orange butter cream frosting recipe.  It can be made in any color and is fabulous with chocolate cake. Be sure to add lots of sprinkles and colored sugar!

Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe


  • ¾ cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of cake flour
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
Perfect chocolate cupcake

I made these chocolate cupcakes for my brother’s fishing themed birthday party. They had worms and fish on top. Topped with orange butter cream frosting that was amazing! Everyone LOVED these cupcakes made with my basic chocolate cupcake from scratch recipe.


  1. Chocolate Cupcakes Take the butter and eggs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl stir the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside for later.
  3.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In large bowl beat the butter with an electric beater on medium to high-speed for 30 seconds. Little by little add sugar.
  5. Add the sour cream and beat for 1 ½ more minutes.
  6.  Add eggs one at a time. Beat well before you add another egg.
  7. Add in vanilla and mix well.
  8. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beat on low-speed after each addition. Beat on medium for 20 sec more.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Let it cool for 2 minutes then take them out of pan and cool for 1 ½ minutes more before frosting.  Makes 24 cupcakes.

Print out my from scratch chocolate cupcakes recipe and put it in a notebook of your favorite recipes.  Whenever you want to make cupcakes just pull it out and whip it up.  My Dad says there is nothing better than a home-made chocolate cupcake from scratch.  He also says I make the best chocolate cupcakes in the entire world.  Give them a try and you can make the best cupcakes in the whole world too!  By the way, let me know what you think!  You might just like to try our red velvet cake recipe from scratch too.  It make incredible cupcakes. You will love both the red velvet and these chocolate cupcakes!  I promise!

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7 Responses to From Scratch Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

  1. Lisa says:

    Oh Boy, Looks like I am going to have to make some cupcakes. My only problem is that I don’t have anyone around here who will eat them! Oh…wait a sec… we are having a Halloween block party. I think I will definately try your recipe and share the cupcakes with all my neighbors :)

  2. kindredlive says:

    Aunt Lisa, you totally should. Try them with the orange buttercream frosting….YUM…and you will be so happy. Text me and tell me how you like them. Miss you so much!

  3. Kiki says:

    Thanks for the recipes, Holly! I just made cupcakes, so when these are gone, I’ll try yours. Lemon butter cream frosting is really on them good too!

  4. Grace says:

    Yummy! cant wait to try this recipe!!:) BTW, you are soo pretty Holly!

  5. kindredlive says:

    Oh my gosh! Grace, you are so nice. Thank you for saying so. I am so glad you are following our blog and I hope to continue meeting you here! Thank you for your very kind comments. Holly

  6. Grace says:

    Thank you!!:) I LOVE your blog and all of your fun posts! You’re welcome!!:) xo

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