Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
45 MIN
Serves : Makes 12 cupcakes
© Kana Okada

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners.

Step 2    

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the vegetable oil and water over low heat.

Step 3    

In a large bowl, sift the flour with the sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the melted butter mixture and beat with a handheld mixer at low speed until smooth. Add the egg and beat until incorporated, then add the buttermilk and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl. Pour the batter into the lined muffin tins, filling them about three-fourths full.

Step 4    

Bake the cupcakes in the center of the oven for about 25 minutes, until springy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool slightly, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Frost and top the cupcakes as desired. (See recipes for Chocolate Frosting, Marshmallow Frosting or White Buttercream Frosting.)

Make Ahead

The unfrosted cupcakes can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 5190

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Keitha Cain

Review Body: Total failure. I'm a great baker and followed this recipe exactly. The cupcakes rose, then promptly fell just before they were done, I only set my timer for 20 minutes instead of the 25 that was recommended. The batter was quite thick, more like a brownie batter. The flavor is great, just way too thick and dense. All is not lost, I will freeze these and use them as brownie sundae cups later in the week. They just won't work as cupcakes for my grandsons birthday.

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2017-04-07

Author Name: Crista Lukoski

Review Body: These are perfect- used cake flour, not all purpose- light fluffy- delish!

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Date Published: 2017-06-10

Author Name: Catherine Leemon

Review Body: Cut the recipe in half and used mini muffin tins. Filled them 3/4 full and baked in 325 degree convection oven. Came out well rounded and moist. Will definitely be making them again.

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2017-08-03

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Review Body: This turned out so good! So good information for making a cake. I’ll need to use your tips ;) this one looks amazing…

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-07-05

Author Name: Gail Johnson

Review Body: I made these with a couple of modifications inspired by Dorie Greenspan's chocolate cupcake recipe which had too much butter and eggs for my liking. To the liquids I added 2 ounces of dark chocolate. When the butter and chocolate were melted, I waited till the liquids had cooled somewhat - the pan was still warm but not hot. I also replaced 1/4 tsp of baking soda with 1/4 tsp baking powder. The cupcakes were wonderful, moist but light. The recipe exactly filled 12 standard paper liners. Frosted with a whipped ganache. Perfection.

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Date Published: 2017-08-04

Author Name: Amber Williamson

Review Body: Lol soooo I never leave reviews BUT this one definetely called for it! I am not a bad baker. I have a few recipes, just wanted to try something different. this was not the way to go. I filled my tins 1/2 way and they're overflowing 10 minutes in. I also have rather large tins. Im very disappointed.

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Date Published: 2017-06-06

Author Name: MAlexis

Review Body: Pretty Okay, it's a dense brownie-like batter but salvageable with some water, coffee, or maybe even some Coca-Cola. I made the recipe exactly as described and didn't read reviews until I had already started but figured, "hey, maybe they miss read something or miss-measured." I was wrong, however, and the batter turned out to be very thick like a brownie batter. However, I salvaged my cupcakes by adding about 1/2 cup of water then about 1/8 cup of coffee. (next time I would probably thin it out with all coffee or all water) This totally saved them even though they were still a little dense but very good. The cupcakes rose very well, I set my timer for 15 min but they needed an additional 5 min. (p.s. I added the coffee after the batter was already complete and it worked fine so I would make the batter first and adjust coffee measurements accordingly.)

Review Rating: 2

Date Published: 2017-04-15

Author Name: kjkalpa

Review Body: can't wait to try it

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-07-03