Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Doesn’t everyone want chocolate cupcakes for their birthday? The Bella’s first birthday was yesterday and she deserved cupcakes to go with the theme her Mama picked:  zebra print and hot pink. My favorite easy and delicious chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercreme frosting recipe to the rescue.

Bella is my sister’s grand-daughter and I just happened to be in town, so guess who got volunteered to command this project? Sis and I went off to the craft store to see what kinds of cupcake liners and/or ribbons we could find. We chose black cupcake liners and found a zebra print ribbon just the right width to wrap around a cupcake. Knowing the frosting had to be pink, we found an Electric Pink gel paste. Oh, and we couldn’t forget the nonpareils. We decided on white ones.

Time to make the cupcakes!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup coffee, still hot
  • 3 Tbls. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pink Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 pound butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbls. vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream or milk
  • Pink gel paste food color
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin tins with 12 cupcake liners.

  2. Sift all dry ingredients together into a stand mixing bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients together.

  4. Turn the mixer to slow speed and add the wet ingredients until incorporated.

  5. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be liquidy, but no fear - they will come out beautifully!

  6. Pour evenly into cupcake liners and bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

  1. Cream the softened butter on high speed in a stand mixer.

  2. Turn the mixer to slow and add 1 cup of sifted sugar at a time until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each cup.

  3. Add 2 Tbls. vanilla extract.

  4. Add a splash of heavy cream (or milk) until desired consistency.

  5. Add pink gel paste, a bit at a time, until desired color is reached. You can always add more color to make darker, you can't make it lighter.


Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

Once the cupcakes cooled – we wrapped the zebra print ribbon around them.
HINT: If you’re ever going to add ribbon to a cupcake, do it before frosting!
HINT: You may need a drop from a glue gun to adhere the ribbon.

We made 48 cupcakes for the party. We even got my Sis’s husband (grandpa) to help. What a great grandpa, he wrapped all those cupcakes.


Happy baking to all!




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