Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream {Brookside Giveaway Closed}

A small batch cupcake recipe for moist and airy chocolate cupcakes topped off with creamy homemade vanilla buttercream.

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I made these cupcakes last week to celebrate Baked by Rachel turning three! Unfortunately they didn’t last long enough for us to snack on during the blizzard, which btw was kind of crazy. We went to bed with maybe 4 or 5 inches of snow only to wake up to 26″! And that wasn’t the end of the storm. We gained several more inches before all was said and done. Thankfully we lucked out and managed to somehow not lose power, even with the high winds overnight. Normally we aren’t quite as lucky. Others didn’t fare quite as well, which was expected.

Knowing the storm was coming, I should’ve made a larger batch. But who’s to say if even a larger batch would’ve made it to the weekend. These were that good. I truly think my favorite part was the frosting. It wasn’t nearly as super sugary as homemade frostings I’ve made in the past. Maybe using just butter had something to do with that? Whatever the case, it was good and I plan on sticking to that recipe until I find another to love even more.

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

My favorite cupcake recipe has been these perfect white cupcakes for quite a long time. I felt it was time to experiment with another flavor. Chocolate is tricky. It can be dry or not chocolatey enough. These were just moist enough while being airy and not too chocolatey. They’re perfect for chocolate lovers and those that like, but don’t love chocolate. They’re not overly sweet and are pretty much just right.

Top these devil’s food cupcakes off with a lightly sweet fresh vanilla buttercream. Or your own favorite chocolate frosting, if you prefer. I like the combination of chocolate and vanilla. It’s a nice blend and isn’t overpowering in any way.

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Since Valentine’s Day is literally days away, why not make these for your sweet? They’d also be a perfect treat if you’ve signed up to bring something sweet for the class party. What kid doesn’t love a cupcake?

Skip to the bottom for a fun tasting kit giveaway from Brookside Chocolate!

Yield: 8 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Moist and airy chocolate cupcakes topped off with creamy homemade vanilla buttercream.

Ingredients:

Cupcake Ingredients:
1/4C unsalted butter, softened
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/2C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4C sour cream
1/4C milk
1/4C unsweetened cocoa powder

Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients:
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3C powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbsp milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with 8 liners.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla and egg, mixing until just barely combined. Continue mixing on medium-low, add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Carefully add remaining wet ingredients, mixing well. With the mixer turned off, add cocoa powder. Mix on low until fully incorporated.

Divide batter among prepared baking liners with one large cookie scoop each.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

When cupcakes are completely cool, prepare frosting.

In a medium bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla. Add 1 Tbsp milk at a time until spreadable consistency is reached. Frost cupcakes as desired.

For bright white frosting, use clear vanilla.
If adding decorations, do so immediately after frosting each cupcake.

Cupcakes adapted from Martha Stewart

I had the pleasure of trying out Brookside’s chocolate selections not too long ago. They disappeared so fast I wasn’t even able to get a single shot of them for this post! My favorite was by far the raspberry… a deep dark chocolate with a sweet inside. It’s near perfection and truly delicious. These are wonderful set out at a party or kept in your desk for a quick snack, then again… keeping them in your desk might be a bad idea because you’re sure to keep munching and before you know it, they’re gone! That’s a good sign though, it just means they’re extra tasty and practically irresistible.

Brookside Chocolate Tasting Kit Giveaway - bakedbyrachel.com

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Giveaway details:

Courtesy of Brookside, (1) one winner will win (1) one Brookside tasting kit which includes the following:

1 package Brookside Dark Chocolate Açai with Blueberry
1 package Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate
1 package Brookside Dark Chocolate Goji with Raspberry
Crate & Barrel 3-Part Server
Crate & Barrel Cheese Knife
Crate & Barrel Grip Cheese Board
2 Crate & Barrel Stemless Wine Glasses
$30 Grocery Gift Card
1 year subscription to Fitness Magazine
Gaiam Exercise Headband

This giveaway is open until Friday February 15th, 2013 at 11:59 EST. Winner must be at least 18 years old and a US resident. Winner will be randomly selected and emailed. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Main entry must be completed or bonus entries will not count.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Brookside Chocolate.


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222 Responses to “Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream {Brookside Giveaway Closed}”

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    Karen — February 13, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Nothing big planned for Valentine’s Day since I will be at work until late and busy all week long, but this weekend I plan to do some much needed baking!

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    Karen — February 13, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Follow Baked by Rachel and Brookside on Twitter

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    Karen Lynch — February 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Have lunch with husband, then regular evening of activities, maybe grab a quick bite out with daughter.

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    Karen Lynch — February 13, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I am a fan of both Baked by Rachel and Brookside on FB.

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    Karen Lynch — February 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I follow both Baked by Rachel and Brookside on Twitter.

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    Karen Lynch — February 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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    Micha — February 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

    My plans for V-Day is to hang out with my boys who are out of school on mid-winter break and just have dinner as a family. Nothing major or hugely special. I do have little gifts for all my guys, though.

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    Micha — February 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I follow on twitter
    @mnsorensen

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    Micha — February 14, 2013 at 12:20 am
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    Dianne Shaw — February 14, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Hubby and I are getting PF Chang’s, yum!

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    Carmen — February 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I’m a fan of both Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Facebook

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    Carmen — February 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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    Kim — February 15, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Had a nice dinner!

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    Caleb — February 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Since yesterday was Valentines I didn’t have any plans. But I do tonight! I made your Chicken Tortilla Soup a while back and my wife loved it! Tonight I am making your Lobster Chowder recipe and some beer marinated pork tenderloins that I’m going to grill.

    • Rachel — February 15th, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the soup! I hope you like the chowder as well. :)

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    Natalie G. — February 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

    We plan to go out for dinner tonight, we already bought each other watches as gifts, not too exciting, but fun!

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    Natalie G. — February 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I’m a a fan of both Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Facebook- Natalie S G

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    Natalie G. — February 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I follow both Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Twitter- natakie16

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    Natalie G. — February 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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    Sydnie — February 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I am chilling out with my friends

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    Sydnie — February 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I am fan of both on fb

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    Sydnie — February 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I follow both on twitter (xsyd117x)

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