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Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

This recipe for Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting is brought to you by Karo® Syrup.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

When it comes to classic desserts, one of my favorites is my delicious Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting. Don’t be fooled by how simple these chocolate cupcakes are, because I guarantee that once you make them they will be your go-to chocolate cupcake recipe.

And of course they are topped with SPRINKLES, which makes them automatically the BEST in my book.

These Classic Chocolate Cupcakes are super fudgy, moist chocolate cupcakes that are super easy to make. I topped these cupcakes with the BEST vanilla frosting I have ever made. I used Karo® Light Corn Syrup in the vanilla frosting and let me tell you, it took my original Vanilla Buttercream Frosting to a whole new, amazingly delicious level. Seriously, these cupcakes taste like you got them from a bakery but they’re even better!

Spring will be in bloom any day now, and Easter is inching closer on the calendar!   Are you entertaining at all for the holiday or bringing a dish? Dress up these cupcakes in their colorful Easter Sunday best. They’re almost too cute to eat. Almost.

Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting


✔ Don’t be alarmed by how THICK the chocolate cupcake batter is, it’s suppose to be THICKThat’s what makes these chocolate cupcakes the BEST!

✔ I like to use an ice cream scooper to fill the cupcake batter into each cupcake tin. I think it makes it super easy and you know that each cupcake will be the same size.

 For the vanilla frosting, I highly recommend using heavy whipping cream or half and half because it gives the frosting it’s creamy texture. If you don’t have heavy whipping cream or half and half you could use milk but just know that the frosting might not be as creamy.

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting


Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Argo® Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Sprinkles, for topping


PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line (1) cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a medium bowl, mix flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer  on medium speed, beat eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes, or until light and creamy.

STEP 3: Add the butter and vanilla extract and beat on low speed for about 1 minute, or until well blended.

STEP 4: Beat in the dry ingredients on low speed until blended. DO NOT OVER MIX!

STEP 5: Add the sour cream and beat until smooth.



STEP 7: Using an electric or stand mixer, cream together butter, corn syrup, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Beat for about 3 minutes.

STEP 8: Slowly, add powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream. Mix until frosting becomes light and fluffy, adding milk until the mixture reaches desired consistency.

STEP 9: Frost cooled cupcakes using a piping bag or knife. Top with SPRINKLES.

*For the frosting, heavy cream or half-and-half will give your frosting the creamiest texture. You may use milk instead, but the frosting won't be as creamy.

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15 Responses to “Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting”

  1. Olive — March 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. 

    Question though: Is there a substitute for Sour cream? We don’t have that where I come from. 
    And can I use Vanilla Beans for the frosting instead of the extract? and how much? Does it still work?

    Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    • Jenn — March 25th, 2015 @ 7:41 am

      Thanks! You can use vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream. I have never used vanilla beans for my frosting recipe, so I’m not sure if it would be the same or not! ENJOY! 🙂

  2. Megan - The Emotional Baker — March 6, 2015 at 6:26 am

    You never cease to impress me, Jenn! These are some gorgeous cupcakes!!!

  3. Justine | Cooking and Beer — March 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    As always, these are absolutely stunning, Jenn! Pinned!

  4. Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness — March 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    There is nothing better than a yummy classic recipe to always come back to… these cupcakes look soo addicting and delicious! I’m obsessed!

  5. Andi @ The Weary Chef — March 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Great post, Jenn! The cupcakes look great, and I always love your helpful tips.

  6. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — March 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

    These look like heaven in a cup!  Nothing better than a perfect chocolate cupcake topped with delicious frosting!

  7. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — March 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    These cupcakes look wonderful!!! 

  8. Thalia @ butter and brioche — March 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    You definitely have got me craving a cupcake right now.. these little chocolate cupcakes look so delicious!

  9. Beth — March 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Jen, teach me how to pipe frosting!! I’m trying it out tomorrow!

  10. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat — March 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Chocolate cake with vanilla frosting is clearly the best cupcake combination out there. Thanks for posting!

  11. Melanie | Melanie Makes — March 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Who needs a bakery?  Jenn, these look absolutely divine!

  12. Annie @Maebells — March 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Just beautiful!! I love a good classic cupcake and chocolate is my favorite!

  13. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — March 4, 2015 at 7:59 am

    These truly are the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen! Funny you mention the thick batter, I always have to tell people not to worry that my chocolate cupcake batter is so thin! 

  14. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — March 4, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Holy Moly! These cupcakes look beautiful and I bet they taste amazing. My boyfriend loves rainbow  jimmies on ice cream and cake. I’ll have to surprise him with a batch of these this weekend. 

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