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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting is the kind of dessert that everyone loves and is so perfect for celebrations.


The simplest of all cupcakes.

Dark chocolate cupcake with vanilla bean frosting.

I decided to bring you a simple yet decadent dark chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting. They’re simple yet so delicious. Isn’t that always the best combination? I love how DARK the chocolate is. You know, sometimes you end up with the medium colored chocolate? No, these are dark brown and so rich and moist. I’m in love with the frosting too! The specks of vanilla bean scattered throughout the white frosting are just darling and they compliment the dark chocolate so well since the cupcake is a bit bitter (I’m telling you, this is dark chocolate! haha)

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting

The best combination in dessert! Dark chocolate and vanilla!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Julie Chiou
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For the cupcake

  • 8 tablespoon of unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sour cream

For the frosting

  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ cup milk or cream, optional
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tins with muffin/cupcake liners.
  • In a small stockpot, bring 1 cup of water to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl on top and combine butter with chocolate and cocoa powder. Continue stirring until all is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool until it's warm to the touch.
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl to combine.
  • In a second bowl, medium sized, whisk the eggs then add sugar, vanilla, and salt until well incorporated. Add the cool chocolate mixture in and whisk well to combine. Put in about 1/3 of the flour mixture and whisk until combined. Add in the sour cream, whisk until all is incorporated then add in the remaining flour mixture and whisk until everything is completely combined and well incorporated.
  • Divide the batter evenly amongst the muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Cool cupcakes in muffin tin until they're cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes, then lift them out and place them on a wire rack to cool completely. Cool to room temperature before icing them.
  • In the meantime, while cupcakes are cooling, in a bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter to soften it some more. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste. Continue beating on low speed until all is incorporated. If your frosting is too thick, add milk or cream, 1 tbsp. at a time. You don't want it too runny.
  • Once cupcakes have cooled, ice your cupcakes with whatever pastry tip you want.
  • Store in an airtight container for a week. If you're worried about the frosting going bad, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (although, the cupcake part might get kind of dry and hard).

Recipe Notes

Cupcake recipe: Brown Eyed Baker


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Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake recipe
Recipe Rating

Ann Bowman

Thursday 7th of February 2013

Julie- these cupcakes are AMAZING!!! They are seriously the best I have ever made. They taste really similar to an Oreo. I tried your Key Lime Cupcakes and they were also awesome. You are the cupcake queen! :)

Marcia Tatay

Sunday 27th of January 2013

I just made these cupcakes and they taste really good... But mine turned out a bit too dry. They are acting like two day old and kind of crumbling. Any ideas on what I did wrong? Thanks so much!!


Sunday 27th of January 2013

Hi Marcia! I'm not too sure what happened with that, I'm sorry! Maybe next time, don't bake them as long? Try maybe baking for 15 minutes then take them out? They continue to cook after they're taken out. Hope it works out for you!

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Thursday 29th of March 2012

thanks again julie for the quick reply. your recipe is awesome! i have tried 2 of your recipe in a week time which is really amazing. consider me myself not a fan of cooking :) keep it up!!