Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This chocolate cupcake recipe is certain to find a place in your recipe box. You're going to fall in love with these moist chocolatey cupcakes! Eat them with or without the frosting and you still get a double dose of chocolate.

The frosting is what I would consider a "fancy" frosting, but it's easy to work with and you can color it to make it fit any special occasion or holiday so have a go, try our very special chocolate cupcake recipe sometime soon.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Quick Prep:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line two muffin pans with 18 liners.

Your Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • water, eggs, oil (according to cake mix directions)
  • 18 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Your Frosting Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar (about 32 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 15 to 20 drops food coloring (your choice)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

First, mix the cupcake batter so the cupcakes can bake while you are mixing up the frosting.

Prepare the devil's food cake mix per the directions using the water, eggs, and oil.

Divide the cupcake batter among each of the 18 cupcake liners.

Press a Hershey Kiss into the center of each cupcake (before baking).


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes. They are finished when a toothpick or slim knife comes out clean from the center.

When the cupcakes are removed from the oven, allow them to cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin pan. The cupcakes need to be completely cooled before you frost them.

Make Your Frosting

While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting.

On medium speed, beat the softened butter until it's creamy.

Gradually add the sugar and blend well.

Add the sour cream and vanilla next. Mix until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Divide the frosting into two separate bowls. Add whatever food coloring you want to one or both.

Use a pastry bag with a medium size tip to top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting. Add sprinkles if desired. I added a single chocolate chip on top because I didn't have sprinkles at the time.

The cupcakes were so very good and they presented well too. These would be ideal for a birthday party, Valentine's Day party, St. Patrick's day party, bridal shower, cookout, or family get-together.

If you have any leftover frosting, spread it over graham crackers for a quick dessert or treat.

Cupcakes with Chocolate

What Did My Taste Testers Say About This Chocolate Cupcake Recipe?

  • "Absolutely delicious!"

  • "When are you making more?"

  • "My husband had to eat more than one!"

  • "The frosting was really rich, but very good."

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