- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Today I’m sharing my recipe for easy chocolate cupcakes! I make a lot of desserts here on The Cheap Chef but that’s because everyone needs great cheap and easy dessert recipes. I for one wouldn’t spend $20 to make a cake that will take me 3 hours when I could spend $20 and buy a cake at the grocery store in 5 minutes.
These cupcakes came out so moist, so chocolatey and so delicious. Especially since they were frosted with my amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe from yesterday’s blog post. So. Friggin. Tasty.
Directions for my Delicious, Cheap & Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, slowly pour your boiling water over your cocoa powder stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, gradually add in your sugar. Stir in your eggs one at a time. Incorporate your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into your butter and egg mixture. Pour in your cocoa powder and water, stir until cake batter is fully mixed together and then stop. Over mixing your batter will result in a tough cake.
Scoop chocolate cupcake batter into cupcake pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.
If you want to make a cake instead this amount of batter yields 2 9″ cake pans but you will need to bake them for 25-30 minutes.
There’s a picture of these beautiful easy chocolate cupcakes prior to my horrible icing job. I tried piping it on with a ziplock bag and it looked like the little poop emoji – you know which one. So I just butter-knifed it. I’m not a professional baker, people. We go for taste not aesthetics.
Anyways LOOK AT THOSE BAD BOYS! You can physically see how friggin’ moist and chocolately they are – ugh. Goodbye, bikini body. Hello chocolate.