As long as there are birthdays to be celebrated and class parties at school, cupcakes will always be a crowd favorite single serving dessert. There are thousands of cake and frosting flavor combinations to delight cupcake lovers. But today we are featuring a classic one-bowl chocolate cupcake recipe, which is slightly adapted from the back of a cocoa can.

Chocolate cake in and of itself varies from density, crumb, moistness, chocolate amounts, and sweetness. Some recipes call for coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor whereas others add ingredients such as sour cream or buttermilk to give the cake a slight tang. Personally I have different chocolate cake recipes I bake depending on the occasion. However, I have found that this classic one-bowl chocolate cake I’m sharing with you today is a great all-occasion recipe, especially for kids. The cake is not too sweet, the texture is light with a nice tight crumb. Most people will already have the ingredients in their kitchen without the need to go buy a specialty type of chocolate. Best of all, this recipe does not require any special mixers. All you need is a bowl, spoon, and some muscle power.

I invite you to watch the video above of my daughters and I making these cupcakes. As you watch the video you’ll notice one daughter adding ingredients to a bowl and another one adding it to a zip top bag. With the same convenience of using a commercial cake mix, making my own homemade mix is great to have on hand. When I need it I just pull it out, add water, milk, eggs, and oil – just like the boxed mixes.

chocolate cupcakes
chocolate cupcakes

As for frosting, here are some ideas below from Kitchen Explorers of different ways to decorate your cupcakes. I personally love adding just a couple teaspoons of hazelnut chocolate spread to top each cupcake . I’ve found it makes a wonderful frosting that compliments the cake without overpowering it. Add a pinch of sprinkles and you have the perfect chocolate cupcake that isn’t pretentious, yet every bite is enjoyable as it is memorable.




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Recipe: One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 8 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 20 min(s)
  • Total Time: 28 min(s)
  • Servings: 24

A great all-occasion chocolate cupcake recipe, these cupcakes are not too sweet, are light in texture with a nice crumb. Recipe can easily be cut in half to make a dozen cupcakes.


    • 1 3/4 cup flour
    • 1 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup boiling water


    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners.
    • Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and soda in a large bowl.
    • Stir in the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract until well combined.
    • Slowly add the boiling water a quarter cup at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition.
    • The batter will be thin and runny.
    • Fill the paper liners 2/3 full.
    • Bake for 20 minutes.
    • Allow cupcakes to completely cool before adding frosting.

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3 Responses to “One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes: Video”

  1. Joseph

    I love cupcakes and I love the creativity that was put into making this cake. I will try to make one for myself this Easter!

  2. Divya Dewan

    Can I get this chocolate frosting recipe? Because you just posted the chocolate cupcakes recipe. Thank you!

  3. Katherine_of_Texas

    I am going to make these for my niece’s 5-yr-old bday party this weekend. She is very particular about chocolate not being too bitter, so she will love these! Thank you!