Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
25 Mins
Cool Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 2 dozen

These 5-ingredient basic chocolate cupcakes are super easy to make and perfect for chocolate lovers.  To make the Chocolate-Mint Cupcakes pictured here, top with Chocolate Buttercream frosting and sprinkle with chopped crème de menthe mints for a pretty presentation and fantastic flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat first 5 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer just until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.

Step 2

Place paper baking cups in muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter evenly into baking cups, filling each two-thirds full.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks, and cool 1 hour or until completely cool.

Step 4

Chocolate-Mint Cupcakes: Prepare Moist Chocolate Cupcakes as directed. Prepare Chocolate Buttercream as directed, stirring in 1/4 cup finely chopped thin crème de menthe chocolate mints. Spread cupcakes evenly with Chocolate Buttercream. Garnish with shaved or chopped thin crème de menthe chocolate mints, if desired. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Andes Creme de Menthe Thins.

Ratings & Reviews

flourpower1218's Review

July 25, 2013

taoism's Review

April 11, 2012

YoungCook123's Review

September 17, 2011
Does it taste the same if you don't add sour cream? 1 container??? That's a lot, what if I took it out? Or added maybe only 5 tbsp.?

Donnabee54's Review

July 31, 2010
I haven't made them yet. Where is the recipe for the chocolate buttercream frosting? It seems to be missing here and I think that would make the cupcakes great!

patriotshak's Review

April 02, 2009
I was surprised by how much sour cream went into this recipe. When I tasted the batter I thought it overwhelmed the chocolate so I added a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips. Since I planned to ice these with a strawberry chocolate chip icing I also added 2 TBS of strawberry jam to the batter. Overall pretty darn good!!