Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

If you are craving chocolate, then this is the perfect cupcake recipe for you! This recipe is too good to give away, so keep these chocolate cupcakes all for yourself! Just freeze the leftover cakes and eat at another time.


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Cooking Time20 min


  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon double acting baking powder


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place liners in 2 dozen 3-inch muffin pan cups or grease and flour cups.
  3. Into a large bowl, measure all cupcake ingredients except frosting.
  4. With mixer at low speed, beat until well mixed, constantly scraping bowl.
  5. At high speed, beat 5 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  6. Spoon into muffin pan cups, filling each half full.
  7. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 20 minutes until toothpick in center of one comes out clean and dry.
  8. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on racks.
  9. Prepare frosting. Then tip the tops of cupcakes into frosting and turn slightly to coat or put on with a spatula.

Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of instant coffee
  1. In small bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat together the softened cream cheese and evaporated milk.
  2. Beat in vanilla, salt, sugar, and instant coffee until well blended.

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