Thursday, September 6, 2012

Really Chocolate Cupcakes

I've said it before and I'll say it again: If you aren't going to have all of the chocolate, you might as well have none of the chocolate.

Okay, so that's not always true. Vanilla frosting on chocolate cake (or vice versa) is a pretty awesome pairing - but it's not this. No, nothing is quite this.

A rich chocolate cupcake, filled with chocolate pudding, and topped with a sweet chocolate buttercream. In case that sounds overwhelming, the pudding actually cuts down some of the sweetness and breaks up the texture nicely.

It's hard to think these are the favourite dessert of someone who once, as a little girl, politely declined all the chocolate bars as she trick-or-treated during her first Halloween. How far we've come.

Chocolate Cupcakes (with pudding filling)
Leanne Bakes

For the pudding, I usually use this easy chocolate pudding recipe. But you can feel free to use a mix if that's easier!

Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F and grease or line your muffin tin.

In a large bowl, combine the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, water, buttermilk, and vanilla, and mix until the lumps are gone, scraping the bowl as you go along. I usually just use a mixer, because I'm lazy.

Pour the batter into the muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick pulls out clean.

Let cool. To fill with pudding (recipe linked above), slice off a circle in the top of the cupcake, much like you would when removing the top of a pumpkin for carving. Plop some pudding into the hole, and press the cupcake lid back down. Easy!

Chocolate Buttercream

3/4 cup butter
3-4 cups icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp vanilla

Whip butter in bowl of a stand mixer.

Gradually add icing sugar and cocoa until desired consistency is reached.

If icing is too thick, add a tsp of milk or cream at a time until it softens.


  1. OMG, when I read this in LJ, i just had to see the pictures and it did not disappoint!! No point having a choc cupcake if its not REALLY chocolatey :)

  2. This sounds heavenly! But do you have a recipe for the pudding filling?

  3. What a beautiful photo! Saw your photo on and clicked over to your site.

  4. Really great photos! I adore chocolate cupcakes especially when they are filled with chocolate! I make similar cupcakes filled with jam.

  5. Heavenly! I adore really chocolate cupcakes. And I'm so wishing I had one now. Thank you for sharing with me.

  6. Question: you mentioned canola oil in the recipe but didn't give directions on when to add it in...

    1. Add the oil when you add all the liquid ingredients. It works fine. I made these yesterday for my son's dinner-dance and got rave reviews. I didn't put pudding in the middle, and I made a nutella buttercream.

  7. Looks good! i will be making these in about 1 hour, when i get home! ;)



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