Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

Diana Rattray

Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
282 Calories
13g Fat
38g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 282
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g
Calcium 88mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These easy vanilla cupcakes make a tasty treat for a party or special occasion. These cupcakes are topped with a dark chocolate frosting, but feel free to use a ready-made tub of frosting or your favorite recipe.

Make them extra-special with some decorating sprinkles or colored sugar.


  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups cake flour (sifted)
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons milk (heated)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Steps to Make It

Make the Cupcakes

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour cupcake pan(s) or line the cups with paper liners.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; stir with a whisk or spoon to blend thoroughly.

  4. To the dry ingredients, add the softened butter, milk, and vanilla. With an electric mixer at medium speed, beat for 2 minutes, or until smooth and well blended.

  5. Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute longer.

  6. Fill the prepared cupcake cups about half full.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. 

  8. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then remove them to a rack to cool completely.

Make the Frosting

  1. Melt the butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler or bowl over hot water.

  2. Combine 2 cups of powdered sugar and salt in a bowl; pour 4 tablespoons of hot milk over the confectioners' sugar and salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the vanilla.

  3. Add the melted chocolate mixture and beat on high speed of an electric mixer until the frosting is thick enough to spread. The frosting will thicken as it cools.

  4. Add more confectioners' sugar or more milk, a few drops at a time, as needed.

  5. Frosten the cupcakes. Serve and enjoy!


The recipe makes enough to frost 18 cupcakes or tops and sides of two 8-inch cake layers.