Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes

For Smith’s 6th birthday, he requested chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles.  He’s a boy after my own heart.
These cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate a special day…or a Wednesday.  Let’s face it, they’re just moist, chocolatey and delish…so you should make them too :).
This recipe makes about two dozen cupcakes.
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For the cupcakes:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
A splash or two of buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Garnish with chocolate sprinkles, optional
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line 2 (12 count) muffin tins with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugar together.  Next, beat in one egg at a time.  Beat in your vanilla.
In a second large bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt together with a spoon.
Slowly beat in a little of the flour mixture into your butter mixture.  Then beat in a little buttermilk.  Repeat two or three times or until everything is incorporated.  Do not over beat your batter.
Stir in your chocolate chips.
Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full of batter.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cupcakes rest in pan 10 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
To make your frosting, beat your butter with powdered sugar and cocoa powder.  Add in a splash of buttermilk.  Add more buttermilk if your frosting is too thick and more powdered sugar if it’s too thin.  Once it reaches the desired consistency, stir in your vanilla.
Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with a few chocolate sprinkles Keep any leftovers refrigerated.

And Pssssst…to see my Strawberry Buttermilk Cupcakes version, click here.

Happy cupcake making!
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  • Narci January 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    So yummy!! Those cupcakes look so good!!

  • Jennifer Martinez January 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I am totally going to make both the Strawberry and Chocolate Buttermilk, they look super yummy!

  • texanturnedcajun January 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Both the chocolate and strawberry look so yummy!

  • Mary January 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Shay, these cupcakes rock! I made them last night and my entire family thanks you for this recipe (even my husband who rarely eats/likes desserts…he loved them)!

  • Maureen Chen January 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    My kids and I made these today! They are so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  • Mary January 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I am going to make this again today and was wondering: do you think this would turn out just as delicious if I made it in a cake pan instead of individual cupcakes?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Yes! Just bake more like 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy!!

    • Mary January 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kerri June 11, 2016 at 12:48 am

    This recipe is amazing! It was such a hit with my family! And that says something because my family thinks they are food critics.

    I made it again, but instead of chocolate chips, I added two additional tablespoons of cocoa powder (for a total of 5 tablespoons). Fluffy, moist, and delicious!