Moist Midnight Cocoa Cupcakes Recipe

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3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup extra dark OR black cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature

1/3 cup coffee, room temperature

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 egg, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line cupcake pan with brown paper liners.
  2. In the large bowl, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, combine buttermilk, coffee, oil, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. Divide batter among liners filling each about 1/2 – 2/3 full.
  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes.
  7. Let cupcakes cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


Try a test cupcake before baking the entire batch. If it overflows, increase your oven temperature by 25º. The increase in heat will help these delicate cupcakes rise faster reducing the risk of overflowing batter.

Original recipe and Nutrition Facts visit: Moist Midnight Cocoa Cupcakes @

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