Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes: Perfect Dessert for Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is drawing near and I wanted to bake a simple chocolate cupcake that would make a great dessert for anyone to make for their mom.  These moist, chocolatey tidbits really ‘take the cake’ when it comes to chocolate cakes.  What mom wouldn’t love to have a cupcake like this to follow up their Mother’s Day meal?  A delicious ending to any day really.

I made these when I was visiting all of the Brady Girls in Utah last week. We tried out different recipes and had a good ol’ time.  When the cupcakes came out of the oven, I had my niece right up next to me, begging to have one even if they were still the temperature of the hot oven!  I hadn’t even frosted them yet!  She was able to snag one, and then another, and this continued as the night went on and I proceeded to frost them.  Once the frosting hit the tops of these babies, they were fair game and they disappeared.  Granted, I did my fair share and ate way too many.  But, that’s what vacation is all about, right?!  Indulgence.  And these cupcakes make you close your eyes and just savor the flavor as you bite into them.  Or if you’re my niece, grab two or three and run as fast as you can so her aunt doesn’t catch her and give her the noogies she deserves for stealing her baked goods :)   I love family!  Show your mom how much you love her by baking her some Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes this Mother’s Day! Here’s the Recipe:

Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes


2 Eggs
1 Cup Buttermilk
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cups Flour
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 ¼ tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
¾ Cup Boiling Water
½ tsp. Instant Coffee


1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Place paper liners in two cupcake pans.

2. With an electric mixer, mix the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in a large bowl for three minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the sugars, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add slowly to wet ingredients.

4. Boil ¾ cups of water and add ½ tsp. instant coffee and stir.  Add to cake batter and stir using a rubber spatula.  Batter will seem thin, but this is okay!  Note:  if you don’t want to add coffee, feel free to leave it out.  Coffee intensifies the flavor of chocolate so if you’re a coffee lover, add another 1/4 tsp. -1/2 tsp. of instant coffee.

Runny batter is okay!

5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake both cupcake pans for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick when inserted near the center of a cupcake comes out almost clean.

6. Repeat step 5 until batter is gone.

7.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in cupcake pans for 5 minutes.  Then remove let finish cooling on counter.

8.  When completely cool, frost with your favorite buttercream frosting, like our Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in our ebook, Cookin’ Up Sweet Treats available in the Amazon Kindle Store. You can download it on your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android Phone, and your home computer! Learn more here.

Note:  You can also use this recipe to make a cake! Works great in a 9×13″ pan or two 8″ pans.  Just be sure to spray pans with cooking spray and line bottom of pans with parchment paper.

Tip: If you do not have buttermilk on hand, use one cup of milk and add 1 Tbs. of white vinegar to it.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes for milk to sour.  Easy homemade buttermilk!

Makes:  Approx. 3 dozen

…P.S. We will have a youtube video up showing you how to decorate these bad boys in a couple of days! I’ll link it here, so stay tuned… Happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. That indeed looks good, looks like if I make this at home it wont make it to mothers day

    • That just may happen :) But I say do it! So worth it!

  2. Beautiful and delicious looking cupcakes!
    We celebrate here mother’s day on a different date, but these are perfect to make for any special occasion

    • Yes, Winnie, I agree. Perfect for any special occasion or just to satisfy that sweet tooth :) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This looks so good! I wish someone would start bakin’ for me!!

  4. Yummy looking cakes – your photos are amazing!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Thank you! Vanessa sure has a way with pictures, doesn’t she? I was lucky enough to have her with me when I was making these delish chocolate jems. She’s our photo guru to say the least :)

  5. Looks good, as always!

    • Thanks, Laura, and thanks for taking a gander at our site!

  6. Yum! I want some chocolate cupcakes now!

    • Don’t I know it! I’m thinking I need to whip up a batch sooner rather than later ;) Thanks for taking a look and stop back again soon. We’ll be posting a coconut cake that’s AMAZING!

  7. Those look delicious. I like to make cakes, but the cupcakes are usually a better choice. That way I can eat a few without anyone noticing!

    • Marie, I totally agree! Cupcakes are just the perfect little serving aren’t they? Thanks for looking and check back soon…we’ll be posting a delicious coconut cake shortly :)

  8. Those look wonderful. Great job.

    • Thank you! They taste pretty wonderful too ;) Thanks for checking out our site and check back again soon as we’ll be posting a delicious coconut cake in the near future!

  9. Those look amazing! I think I would be pile-driving them too, or sneaking some away to save for when the kids go to bed so I wouldn’t have to share. lol. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Hee, hee! I actually had my niece trying to squirrel them away on me. They just kept disappearing every time I turned around :) Just means I need to make more and ASAP! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I don’t blame your niece for not wanting to wait for frosting, these cupcakes don’t look they need frosting. Please share these on my foodie friday party today.

    • Thanks Diane! We stopped over at your party, hope you’ll ‘like’ us on Facebook!

  11. Those look great. Thanks for coming and sharing this with us at The Sunday Round Up.

    • Thanks, Rose! We love linking up with you :)

  12. Looks divine!

  13. These look SO good! I know my kids would love them. They are definitely going on our “to bake” list. :-) Feel free to link these up tomorrow (tonight) with my Try a New Recipe Tuesday. I’d love to have you join us! :-)

    • Thanks, Lisa! My kids really do love these cupcakes. I’m sure your kiddos would love them too :) Thanks for checking out our blog!

  14. Oh my chocolatey goodness! I have to say that chocolate cake with vanilla frosting is my absolute fav combo. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  15. Looks so rich and delicious!!

  16. These cupcakes look amazing!! They are decorated so cute! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We loved having you and hope to see you back next week! -The Sisters

  17. They DO look scrumptious! I like the addition of buttermilk and instant coffee in your recipe. I’ll have to give that a try.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope you’ll join in each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

    • Both of those ingredients are key for these cupcakes. They set them apart from other chocolate ones for sure. Thanks for checking out our blog :)

  18. These look really delicious. Thank you so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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