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These gourmet (looking) chocolate cupcakes are SO good!    Everyone loves them when I make them!  We love to make cupcakes (this lime cupcake is great, too!)

chocolate cupcakes

– 1/2 cup softened butter (to soften it, just stand the stick of butter on one side, cook for 10 seconds,  flip it over and do the same on the other side).
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
-2 Eggs
-1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 cup cocoa (use the baking cocoa)
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup milk (I like to use buttermilk here- it turns out the best)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup water

1/2 cup butter (again – soften it)
3 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 ounces unsweeted melted chocolate
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate shaving (You can buy the chocolate chunks and just chop them).


– Preheat oven to 375°.
– In a bowl, cream sugar a butter until fluffy.
– Add one egg at a time, beating well each time.
-Beat in vanilla.
-Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in separate bowl.
-Combine buttermilk and water in separate bowl.
-Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.  Add in buttermilk and water, beating well after each addition.

– Line your muffin tin and fill 2/3 full.   Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes in the pan and then move to wire rack to cool.

In a bowl, combine butter and sugar.  Beat until smooth.  Add in the melted chocolate, milk, vanilla and salt  (I do this in my Kitchenaid mixer).

Frost (I like to pipe it on.  I do it two ways- for the “wave” look, I put a large dollop of icing in the center and then I pipe the icing around it using the wave top (I have this kit with a ton of different options).   For the easier one, I still do the dollop in the middle, but then just pipe it on normally, like this one:

OPTIONAL:  Garnish with chocolate pieces.


Lime Cupcakes with essential Oils

mini icing dipped bundt cake
PS- try making this cupcake tower… 
DIY cupcake tower - step by step




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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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