Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

chocolate cupcakes in pink silicone pan
Newly baked chocolate cupcakes, anyone?

My kids are not into sweets but this chocolate cupcake recipe is always a sure hit at home. Most of the cupcakes barely make it to the stage where they are cool enough for me to frost them, so it got to a point when I didn't bother with the frosting anymore. They devoured this even without frosting, anyway.

This recipe is the one that you'll find on the label of Hershey's Cocoa Powder. It is actually pretty straightforward: combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients then combine wet and dry ingredients altogether. Then, add the boiling water at the end.

The only modification that I made to the recipe is considering sugar as a wet ingredient. Hence, I combined the sugar with the wet ingredients to completely dissolve it, instead of adding it to the dry mix. Also, if I'm not too lazy, I would sift the dry ingredients together numerous times just to make sure that they are thoroughly combined.

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe


  •  2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened Hershey's cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or 177°C and line cupcake pan with paper liner.
  2. Combine all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and whisk them together. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl.
  5. Beat on medium speed for two minutes.
  6. Stir in boiling water.
  7. Pour or spoon in the batter into the paper liner. Be sure to only fill the liner halfway.
  8. Bake for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes  to cool completely before frosting.

chocolate cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes

Before you freak out, just remember that the batter in this recipe will really be thin. And also, make sure that you only fill the paper liner halfway.



  1. How's the quality if we use other chocopowder?

    1. Sorry, I haven't tried other choco powders yet... although I sometimes add coffee to the mix, too, and they still turn out fine.


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