I figured I should start transferring my recipes from my old blog over here to their new home and what better way to start that off than with my favorite, my own best ever chocolate cupcakes recipe. This was a couple years in the making, always trying and adapting recipes searching for that perfect recipe. Dense, but not muffin like, tender crumb not dry at all. You know. The ONE. So after many trial and errors I came up with this recipe. Many friends have used it and loved it. I am sure you will too.
Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ( Dutch process like Droste or another GOOD brand)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk - room temp
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate melted and cooled (cooled for about 15 min make sure its still melted though don’t want it to harden back up)
- ½ cup plus 1 tbsp water, heated to boiling ( have a kettle of water on the stove boiling ready to go)
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil - I use organic safflower
- 2 large eggs room temp
- 2 tablespoons vinegar (not wine vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Yes there is ONLY baking soda in these but it works. Do not try to add baking powder. I know you will look at this and think, “ don’t baked goods need baking powder or both powder and soda?” well yes, sometimes. It’s the vinegar that reacts with the soda, which helps with the proper leavening of the cake. These totally ROCK. Even 4 days after having been in my fridge, which normally dries them out, but they were still perfect.
I have made them many times now once I got 26 or 27 cupcakes and another time 28. Just depends on how full you fill the cups. I use a #16 ice cream/batter scoop to fill mine. One full scoop works and if I have batter leftover and some look to be less filled with batter than I try to even out with a spoon and add in more batter that way. I also like SLAM the cupcake pans down on my counter a few times ( just lift evenly and let drop) to help get some of the air bubbles out. I am not sure where I read this technique but it works and well its kind of fun to make the noise. Unless you bake while your baby/kids/husband/significant other is sleeping. They might not like it.
Good luck and trust me you will LOVE this recipe. I do!!
ALSO. I have recently been toying with adapting my recipes to gluten free versions and I have ALMOST perfected this one. I will post soon!