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?

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Moist and airy chocolate cupcakes topped off with creamy homemade vanilla buttercream.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake
Servings: 8 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 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.

Notes

An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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

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    Clare R — February 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I will be working all day but I will treat my team to some wonderful cupcakes, brownies and cookies. Then I will go home and make my wonderful husband a dinner of…..wings and beer, a favorite basic. It’s about the small things:)

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    Clare R — February 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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

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    Clare R — February 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Following both Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Twitter

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    Jacqui Elmore — February 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    We’ll stay home and have a quiet homecooked meal, then go out on the 15th to celebrate the hubby’s birthday.

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    Jacqui Elmore — February 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    liked baked by rachel and brookside on facebook

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    Marilyn — February 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    My boyfriend and I are celebrating on Wednesday – he has to work all Thursday night,

    But we’re going to make the most of Wednesday for sure!

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    Marilyn — February 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter!

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    Marilyn — February 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I like you both on Facebook!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    These cupcakes look great! I love devil’s food cake!

    Me and Hubs are staying in this year and having lots of fondue!

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    Terri C — February 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Will be watching my 3yo granddaughter, so that will be it! Helped her make Valentin’s today :)

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    Terri C — February 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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

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    Terri C — February 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Shared on Facebook

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    kari — February 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Staying home with my sweetie and making a delicious dinner!

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    Brittany Kumher — February 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    i will be spending valentines day serving all the lovely couples going out for dinner and then heading to my local bar for a glass of wine afterwards :)

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    Jessica F — February 12, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I’m going to see Lady Gaga in concert! Not very Valentine’s Dayish, I know…

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    Jessica F — February 12, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I follow both on facebook!

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    Jessica F — February 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I follow both on twitter @jfong1130

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    Jessica F — February 12, 2013 at 12:38 am
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    Ronda — February 12, 2013 at 7:07 am

    We are going to see the new Bruce Willis movie (I know, real romantic but it was my idea) and we probably go to my son’s classroom party. It doesn’t matter what we do, just as long as I get to be with my guys.

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    Ronda — February 12, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I am a real fan of Baked By Rachel and Brookside Chocolate!! :)

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    Kel — February 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

    No concrete plans yet….

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    Joanne Gregory — February 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    No plans for anything out of the daily ordinary for Valentines Day.

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    Joanne Gregory — February 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

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

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    Joanne Gregory — February 12, 2013 at 10:20 am
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    Joanne Gregory — February 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I follow both Baked by Rachel and Brookside Chocolate on Twitter.
    @jednc2

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    Joanne Gregory — February 12, 2013 at 10:23 am
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    Jamie — February 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I am a fan of both of you on facebook!

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    Jamie — February 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I follow you both on twitter!

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    Danielle T — February 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

    i plan to make a home cooked meal for my man!

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    Danielle T — February 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

    i like both the facebook pages (my name is realia mazing on fb)

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    karen — February 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Not much, my husband has a 6:30 am flight and will be gone through Sunday night.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    we don’t have plans yet. I’m thinking of making steak and drinking a lot of red wine.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I like you and Brookside on FB!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I follow you and Brookside on twitter

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I shared on FB!

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    Pia @ Bread and Beta — February 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    No plans for Valentines Day – my love will be out of town at a conference. We’ll celebrate when he returns.

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    Pia @ Bread and Beta — February 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Tweeted about this giveaway.

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    Pia @ Bread and Beta — February 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I now follow @bakedbyrachel and @Brookside_Choc on twitter.

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — February 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I plan on waking up my sweetheart with heartshaped sourdough crisp bread, hot black coffee, and maybe a croissant!

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — February 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — February 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I follow both @bakedbyrachel and @Brookside_choc on Twitter!

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — February 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    And I’ve been posting and tweeting about your post! (the cupcakes look awesome by the way, I was hoping you’d be posting the recipe :) )

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    Jess @ Floptimism — February 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Actual Valentine’s Day is just going to be me, a homemade dessert from the freezer (most likely some form of chocolate, naturally!) and Grey’s Anatomy. But my boyfriend and I are celebrating with a homecooked meal together and then a movie over the weekend.

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    Jess @ Floptimism — February 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I like your page and Brookside’s on FB as Floptimism!

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    Jess @ Floptimism — February 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm
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    Jess @ Floptimism — February 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I follow both you and Brookside on Twitter as @floptimism!

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    Jess @ Floptimism — February 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm
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    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's — February 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    For valentines day I am cooking my husband steak & potatoes and making him a special dessert (as of now it is still undecided). I bough a board book about love for my son!

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    Phyllis — February 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I’m going to make cookies with my grandkids.

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