Devil's Food Cupcakes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
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1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Fine salt

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/4 cup coffee, at room temperature

1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Raspberries, for garnish


  1. To make the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy.
  5. Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Mix together the milk, coffee, and vanilla in a measuring cup. Add 1/2 the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beat to combine, then add the milk- coffee mixture and continue to beat, then add the remaining dry mixture. The mixture will look thick and airy.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake until a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting: Bring the heavy whipping cream to a gentle simmer. Add the chopped chocolate to a bowl with the butter and pour the hot cream over. Whisk the mixture until melted and smooth. Let it sit for 5 to 8 minutes until it thickens up.
  8. Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting using an offset spatula. Top each with a raspberry.
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