Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes

Yay! We made it to the weekend! This calls for cupcakes! Recently, we celebrated my hubby's birthday. Rather than bake up a whole cake, we made a batch of these Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes which were one of his mother's recipes.  They didn't have a frosting recipe to go on top, so I went with my old standby Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. You may have seen it already on my Chocolate Angel Food Cake. It is always the best choice.

Here's what you'll need for the cupcakes: butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, buttermilk, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa, flour and vanilla. For the frosting (not shown) you'll need: butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.

Begin by creaming together the butter and sugars. Add in a lightly beaten egg.

Stir baking soda into buttermilk.

Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Alternate adding in the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the butter/sugar mixture until all is fully incorporated. (Batter will be very thick.)

Divide batter into 15 to 18 lined muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove from oven, cool completely and frost as desired.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes

{makes 15 to 18 standard cupcakes}
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk(or sour milk made with 1 Tbsp. white vinegar and 1 cup milk)
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare muffin tins with liners. Cream together butter and sugars. Beat the egg and add to the butter mixture. Stir 1/2 tsp. baking soda into buttermilk. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together. Add the dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately to the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in vanilla. Spoon into prepared muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 15-18 cupcakes. 

For the frosting, melt butter and stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk. Finally, stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups of frosting. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.
I love bridging the gap of generations with recipes. It's pretty neat that my daughter gets to bake up goodies from recipes passed down through the great cooks in our families. My MIL may have passed away several years ago, but her love of baking up sweet treats for celebrations is alive and well in our family. Using simple ingredients, these delicious cupcakes can be a part of any of your celebrations too, big or small. I hope you'll give them a try! Do you have any recipes passed down that are musts for family celebrations? 

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  1. The old-fashioned recipes really are the best :) Pinned this, Nici!

  2. Delicious, beautiful looking cupcakes! We love classic recipes. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. You had me with"Chocolate Buttercream Frosting"....yum!! xx

  4. Hi, Nici. How has your summer been? It's almost over. Sniff. We have had a weird weather summer. Cold May. Wet June. Hot July. Cool August. Go figure. Your friend, Linda

  5. Hi, Nici! Thanks for sharing, this looks SO YUMMY! I am thinking about making them tomorrow for a get together I am going to on Monday! I'm glad on found you on the DIY Sunday Showcase Link Party, excited to be a new follower!

  6. I bet these tastes like my grandmas! Yummy!! Thanks for sharing at DIY Sunday Showcase.

  7. These cupcakes look amazing! I love the colourful stars on top :)

  8. My kids would jump on these cupcakes! Fast!

  9. I almost always prefer the old-fashioned recipes. How yummy! Now I'm craving chocolate cup cakes and it's late at night. Guess what I'll be making tomorrow? Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  10. Just made these! So so delicious!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I have a brownie recipe that was my grandmothers, best i've ever had (and that says a lot if you know my sweet tooth!) Lol

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Hi Nici!! I was just wondering, do you use salted or unsalted butter for your cake and frosting recipe?

    1. I almost always use salted butter, unless I am working with a recipe that calls for unsalted.


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