Perfectly Moist Classic Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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Rose Published: January 12, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021
Perfectly Moist Classic Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

How To Make Perfectly Moist Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

The classic chocolate cupcakes gets an upgrade with some buttermilk and natural cocoa powder to get that perfectly moist texture.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • ¾cupall-purpose flour,(95g), spoon & leveled
  • ½cupnatural cocoa powder,(45g), unsweetened
  • ¾tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 2large eggs,at room temperature
  • ½cupgranulated sugar,100g
  • ½cupbrown sugar,(100g), packed light
  • cupvegetable oil,(80ml) or canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 2tsppure vanilla extract
  • ½cupbuttermilk,(120ml), at room temperature

For Topping:

  • chocolate buttercream,or vanilla buttercream
  • sprinkles,optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Use an extra pan with 2 liners to make 14 cupcakes.


  1. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until combined.

  3. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk.

  4. Gently whisk for a few seconds. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk.

  5. Stir until *just* combined; do not overmix. The batter will be thin.

  6. Pour or spoon the batter into the liners. Fill only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides or sinking.

  7. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  8. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

  9. Frost cooled cupcakes however you’d like.

  10. Top with sprinkles, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Calories: 143.48kcal
  • Fat: 6.58g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.88g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.27g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.25g
  • Fiber: 1.32g
  • Sugar: 13.28g
  • Protein: 2.49g
  • Cholesterol: 26.92mg
  • Sodium: 104.32mg
  • Calcium: 41.68mg
  • Potassium: 84.99mg
  • Iron: 0.93mg
  • Vitamin A: 12.65µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.09mg
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