Super Easy Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe -
Super Easy Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Super Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

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"An easy chocolate cupcake that will cure any chocolate lover's craving. I find that, instead of using frosting, a bit of chocolate syrup on the top works best!"

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Original recipe makes 18 cupcakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with 18 paper baking cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla, instant coffee and cayenne pepper. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter, alternating with the water, just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost as desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 09, 2008

I used margarine and topped these with chocolate icing. They were gone in no time! The coffee and cayenne were a nice twist.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 03, 2008

Not super impressed. They were ok. I definitely did not overbake but they still seemed a little on the dry side. Will not make again.


56 Ratings

May 13, 2008

I made this for Mother's day. The cupcakes had a nice, thick flavor and the hint of coffee added an excellent taste. Made 18 cupcakes, and went excellent with the cream cheese frosting.

Jan 04, 2009

I used margarine instead of shortening because that's what I had on hand.It was fabulous 18 cupcakes exactly and 24 minutes in my oven.

Sep 28, 2008

I ended up with 21 cupcakes because I didn't want to fill the cups too full. They turned out moist, cakelike, filling, and very chocolatey! I topped them with chocolate syrup and sprinkles and they were delicious.

Aug 08, 2008

This recipe was just what I was looking for. I needed a tasty, moist chocolate cupcake to serve to kids and adults at my son's 4th birthday party. What a huge hit! And I didn't even frost them, just served with vanilla ice cream. I followed the recipe exactly, except omitted the cayenne...wasn't sure the little ones would like it. Next time I'll add the cayenne back in. Thanks for a great and, yes, "Super Easy" recipe!

Feb 06, 2009

This recipe was alright. The texure of the cupcakes was great, but I think the next time I make these I might have to add more cocoa, because I could barely taste the chocolate. Over all, this recipe was good, but it was not what I had begun to anticipate from what I had read in the reviews.

Feb 04, 2011

Very moist, dense, cupcakes that baked up beautifully. The flavor is somewhat mild - next time I would add 1/4 c more cocoa. I do not use granules of coffee in recipes, but instead substituted coffee made in a French press for the water. The coffee flavor isn't terribly intense, and the cayenne was not noticeable at all (I used 1/8 tsp.). Those who like the heat with their chocolate should add more. All in all, a solid recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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