Super Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

Super Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

Michelle 1

"An easy chocolate cupcake that will cure any chocolate lover's craving. I find that, instead of using frosting, a bit of chocolate syrup on the top works best!"


35 m servings 220 cals
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Original recipe yields 18 servings



  • Calories:
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.3g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with 18 paper baking cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla, instant coffee and cayenne pepper. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter, alternating with the water, just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost as desired.
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  1. 55 Ratings


I used margarine and topped these with chocolate icing. They were gone in no time! The coffee and cayenne were a nice twist.

I made this for Mother's day. The cupcakes had a nice, thick flavor and the hint of coffee added an excellent taste. Made 18 cupcakes, and went excellent with the cream cheese frosting.

I used margarine instead of shortening because that's what I had on hand.It was fabulous 18 cupcakes exactly and 24 minutes in my oven.

I ended up with 21 cupcakes because I didn't want to fill the cups too full. They turned out moist, cakelike, filling, and very chocolatey! I topped them with chocolate syrup and sprinkles and t...

Not super impressed. They were ok. I definitely did not overbake but they still seemed a little on the dry side. Will not make again.

This recipe was just what I was looking for. I needed a tasty, moist chocolate cupcake to serve to kids and adults at my son's 4th birthday party. What a huge hit! And I didn't even frost the...

This recipe was alright. The texure of the cupcakes was great, but I think the next time I make these I might have to add more cocoa, because I could barely taste the chocolate. Over all, this r...

Very moist, dense, cupcakes that baked up beautifully. The flavor is somewhat mild - next time I would add 1/4 c more cocoa. I do not use granules of coffee in recipes, but instead substituted c...

I made them exactly as the recipe instructed and the batter was very thick and not at all pourable. They smelled unpleasant as they were baking and that was my first warning sign; they had a loo...