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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


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


  • 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.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel