4.91 from 11 votes
These really are the best, super moist chocolate cupcakes ever.  Made from scratch with cocoa powder, they are deeply chocolatey, perfectly fluffy, and with a slightly domed top.  And dare I say it?  These homemade chocolate cupcakes are way better than a boxed mix, with the same moist crumb and texture that you love about cake mixes.
Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

These really are the best, super moist chocolate cupcakes ever.  Made from scratch with cocoa powder, they are deeply chocolatey, perfectly fluffy, and with a domed top.  These homemade chocolate cupcakes are way better than any boxed cake mix, with the same moist crumb and texture that you know and love.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 cupcakes
Calories: 173 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup very hot water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

  2. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and whisk together.  

  3. Combine the egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla in another bowl and whisk together.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix using a stand mixer until combined.

  5. Add the hot water to the batter and mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, until combined.  Batter will be thin.

  6. Fill cupcake liners half full, then bake for 18-21 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with only a few moist crumbs when used to test a cupcake.

  7. Cool completely before frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Potassium 101mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Calcium 3%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.