Dessert | March 16, 2018

No-Fail Chocolate Cupcakes

I received this no-fail chocolate cupcake recipe from a friend many many years ago. After I had ooed and awed about the delicious perfect cupcake and asked what her secret was- she directly copied it word for word from her recipe card.  The recipe card makes me smile. It’s titled No Fail Cupcakes and it’s wording is just as my grandma would have worded. Semi-specific yet straight forward.

chocolate cupcakes with rainbow frosting

These really are the easiest to make and hardest to mess up. You most likely have all of the ingredients in your cupboards and can pull them  out and make these no-fail cupcakes for any occasion, even on a rainy day, just for fun.

chocolate cupcakes with colorful frosting and sprinkles

How to make homemade no-fail chocolate cupcakes

chocolate, flour, sugar and other ingredients for cupcakes

This is all you need! Just a few key ingredients. Whip them up in a bowl. The batter is so rich and delicious looking its hard not to lick the spoon.

close up picture for chocolate batter cupcakes

Two things I love about this recipe:

  1. It makes 12  gorgeous full cupcakes. Box cake mixes make soooo many cupcakes, I rarely need 24-48 cupcakes. I love that this recipes make just a dozen. Its perfect. It’s also simple enough that doubling is quite easy too.

baked chocolate cupcakes in muffin tin

2. It’s not super crumbly like cake mix cupcakes tend to be either. They are moist, firm and the best you’ll ever make…and half of it wont be on the floor in a  million crumbs.

broken moist chocolate cupcake with icing

The Frosting

I ALWAYS top my cakes and cupcakes with this delicious buttercream frosting. I feel it has the perfect balance of all the flavors- its not too buttery, overly sweet and just the right texture. You can read the post + frosting tips and the recipe here.


chocolate cupcakes with unicorn icing

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5 from 1 vote
Homemade, no-fail, Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Beautiful and absolutely delicious Chocolate Cupcakes 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chocolate cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking bsoda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth and incorporated. 

    Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20 minutes

Recipe Notes

Make with delicious buttercream frosting!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade, no-fail, Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 313mg14%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.






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