Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

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?

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

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222 Responses to “Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream”

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    barbara n — February 11, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Planning on cooking a romantic dinner for two at home

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    Joyce — February 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

    These cupcakes are totally beautiful!! Recipe sounds like a true winner!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 11, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I’m so glad you didn’t loose power and stayed warm and safe! That storm looked nasty! As for V-day, we’re planning to take it easy at home and just enjoy each other’s company as a family on our first Valentine’s as a family of three!

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    Mami2jcn — February 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

    We’ll stay in and watch a movie.

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    Mami2jcn — February 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Shared on Facebook–https://www.facebook.com/mary.happymommy/posts/143306969164305

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    Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well — February 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Oooo….the excitement I get when I realize that I have everyone of those ingredients in my kitchen RIGHT NOW. This could be a very dangerous one for me!

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    Angel — February 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

    My daughter Willow has Tae Kwon Do class on thursdays so a portion of the night will be spent there and I am going to bring these cupcakes !!! Thank you for the recipe,the remainder of the evening I will be watching movies with my love and eatig cupcakes in bed !

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    Denise Wilson — February 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    My husband and I went to dinner Saturday for an early valentines day dinner, beat the rush!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — February 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

    These are adorable!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

    The hubby is making dinner on Friday (I’ll be on a work trip on actual Valentine’s day!)

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    Lisa — February 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

    We have an almost 4 month old at home, so will probably be doing something low-key at home.

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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

    My hub and I are going to dinner at the Lakeview Lodge!

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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I am a fan of Baked by Rachel on Facebook.

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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I am a fan of Brookside Chocolates on facebook.

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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:49 am
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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I follow Baked by Rachel on Twitter.

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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I follow Brookside Chocolate on Twitter.

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    Cindy Brickley — February 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I tweeted the following “Win a @Brookside_choc tasting kit from @bakedbyrachel. Enter here: http://bit.ly/YkE12Q #giveaway”:
    https://twitter.com/CindyBrickley/status/300962962905112576

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I love these cupcakes – it’s always good to find a great go-to chocolate cake recipe! Love Brookside too!

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    Natalie S — February 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I plan on watching a chick flick and eating chocolate!

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    Natalie S — February 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

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

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    Natalie S — February 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I follow Brookside Chocolate and Baed by Rachel on Twitter!

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    Rena H — February 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I plan on making Red Velvet Cake Balls for all of my friends and then pig out on chocolate and watch a good romantic comedy or Disney movie :-)

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    Evelyn R — February 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I will be going on a Girl Scout field trip to our state capital

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    Evelyn R — February 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

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

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    Evelyn R — February 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I shared this post on Facebook

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    Elena — February 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    We will eat out at our favorite restaurant

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    Elena — February 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I like both Baked by Rachel and
    Brookside Chocolate on Facebook (Elena Istomina)

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    Elena — February 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Follow both on Twitter @ElenaIstomina

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    Stacy K. — February 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    My plans for Valentine’s Day is dinner out with my husband.

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    Stacy K. — February 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Liked both Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Facebook.

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    Stacy K. — February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I follow both Baked by Rachel and
    Brookside Chocolate on Twitter. @stacyLkurtz

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    Stacy K. — February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am
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    Amy S. — February 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Husband is out of town valentine’s day so the kids & I are making heart-shaped pizzas and cupcakes.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Don’t count me in for the giveaway ;) but these are so cute and look delicious! Happy 3 years xoxo

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    Jessie C. — February 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

    We’ll be having a dinner date night out.

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    Jessie C. — February 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    fan of both Baked by Rachel and
    Brookside Chocolate on Facebook.

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    Jessie C. — February 11, 2013 at 10:31 am
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    Jessie C. — February 11, 2013 at 10:32 am
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    latanya — February 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    my husband and I plan to go out to dinner

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    latanya — February 11, 2013 at 10:42 am
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    katie — February 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

    These cupcakes look amazing! Sorry to hear about the blizzard! We normally stay in for valentine’s day but this year I think we might actually go out to eat!

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    rachel — February 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Going out to dinner tonight…and hitting the gym on Thursday. So the actual Vday won’t be too exciting.

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    Susan P — February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    My husband will be out-of-town on Feb 14 so we went out to dinner last night to celebrate!

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    Susan P — February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I liked Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Facebook

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    Susan P — February 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I follow Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Twitter @SBKK4

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    Shauna — February 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    My plans for Valentines day are : Spending the evening with my best friend and her son, making dinner and watching horror movies and celebrating being single :)

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    Emily L — February 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

    bf is currently in nyc so we will probably have to postpone valentine’s until we visit each other.

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I LOVE CUPCAKES. Sadly when I make them, I never finish and frost them..I think I get lazy by then..whats up with that?

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