Mini Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe - Sweet fix Baker (2022)

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This mini Chocolate Cupcakes recipe delivers an extremely soft cupcake with a rich chocolate flavor, topped with a swirl of fluffy chocolate buttercream. It’s perfect for all chocolate lovers out there and it’s an easy recipe to make!

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This is a great recipe for birthday parties, baby showers, or any Holiday celebration, for adults and children alike! you can even change the chocolate frosting for a Vanilla buttercream (like the one I used in these Funfetti Cupcakes) or even a goat cheese frosting for a different twist.

Ingredients you’ll need for these mini cupcakes

Pretty simple ingredients are needed, found in any big grocery store

  • All-purpose flour. It will hold all of the ingredients together
  • Baking Soda. Gives softness and airiness to the cupcakes
  • Baking powder. Helps giving a light and fluffy texture
  • Salt. Enhances the flavors
  • Dark cocoa powder. I used dutch processed cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate flavor
  • Butter. Unsalted and at room temperature so it mixes more evenly with the rest of the ingredients
  • Granulated sugar. Sweetens your cupcakes
  • Egg. At room temperature to help achieve a better volume in your cupcakes and to allow better mixing with the rest of the ingredients
  • Milk. Full fat and at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract. Good quality, pure vanilla extract for better results
  • Instant coffee and warm water. Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate, for a deep chocolate flavor
  • Icing sugar. Sifted, to avoid any lumps in your chocolate frosting
  • 60% Melted chocolate. Helps with frosting’s chocolate flavor and creamy consistency
  • Heavy cream. Gives moisture to the chocolate buttercream without making it too runny
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How much do you fill mini cupcake liners?

Fill the paper liners 2/3 full to allow room for the cupcakes to rise. I used a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to fill them.

If you fill them more than that, the cupcakes will not bake properly and they will overflow

How to make this Mini chocolate Cupcakes recipe

Pre-heat your oven to 400 F and prepare 2 mini cupcake pans with mini cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and natural unsweetened cocoa powder). Over a large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute on medium-high speed. Mixture should resemble light wet sand. Add the egg and mix.

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Start adding the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with milk, and beat on medium speed until fully combined. Beat for 1 more minute. Add vanilla extract and coffee and mix until just combined. Mixture will be very thin.

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Fill mini liners 2/3 full and bake for 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for an additional 7-8 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cupcakes cool a bit in the mini cupcake pan -around 5 minutes-, then remove them from the pan really carefully (they will be very soft!) and place them over a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat butter until creamy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, vanilla extract and salt. Beat on low speed until just incorporated, then beat in medium speed. Mixture will look dry and crumbly.

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Add heavy whipping cream and beat for additional 1.5 minutes. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and beat for an additional 1.5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add more cream (gradually) if you want a softer consistency on your frosting.

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Fill a piping bag with the chocolate frosting, then pipe it on top of your cooled cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles or chocolate chips.

Tips for baking the perfect Cupcakes

  • To avoid cupcakes from sinking in the middle, start baking at 400 F for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 F for the rest of your baking time
  • Do not open your oven door until they’re almost ready, changes in temperature too early could mess with your cupcakes
  • Use room temperature ingredients
  • Avoid storing your cupcakes when they are still warm
  • Always, always follow your recipe
  • To bake similar sized and homogeneous cupcakes always fill your cupcakes with the same amount of batter
  • Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to fill them with the same amount every time
  • Always frost your cupcakes when completely cooled
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How far in advance can you make mini cupcakes?

You can make your mini cupcakes 2 days in advance, and store them in an airtight container at room temperature and away from any heat sources.

You can also refrigerate these moist chocolate cupcakes, but know that the fridge will dry out your cupcakes.

I find that freezing my cupcakes is a better way to retain all their moisture; you can even freeze the already frosted cupcakes! you want to freeze them in a single layer and avoid placing one cupcake on top of the other. Cupcakes should be very well covered, or they could absorb any bad odors or even get freezer burn.

If you feel your airtight container doesn’t close tight enough, place a layer of plastic wrap between the container and the lid, and secure the lid on top tightly. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Some sprinkles freeze well, and some others don’t, so if you aren’t familiar on how well the sprinkles you’re using freeze, better add them when the cupcakes are thawed.

To thaw your cupcakes, take them out of the freezer, remove the plastic wrap (in case you used any), and place the lid back on top without closing it completely, leaving a gap to let all of the moisture out.

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Can I frost cupcakes the night before?

Absolutely! frost the cupcakes the night before and store at room temperature in an airtight container that’s hight enough to fit the cupcake and the frosting without squishing it. Keep them away from the sun or any other heat source for best results.

How long do mini cupcakes last?

These keep for 2-3 days after you make them, as long as they’re stored at room temperature in an air tight container and away of any heat source.

If you’re looking to keep these for a longer period of time, take a look under “How far in advance can you make mini cupcakes” in the title above.

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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

This mini Chocolate Cupcakes recipe delivers an extremely soft cupcake with a rich chocolate flavor, topped with a swirl of fluffy chocolate buttercream. It's perfect for all chocolate lovers out there and it's an easy recipe to make!

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Prep Time35 mins

Cook Time12 mins

Total Time47 mins

Course: Cupcakes, Muffins & Donuts

Cuisine: American

Keyword: chocolate mini cupcakes, Maria Corcuera, mini chocolate cupcake recipe, mini chocolate cupcake recipes, mini chocolate cupcakes, Mini chocolate cupcakes recipe, sweet fix baker

Servings: 40 mini cupcakes

Calories: 154kcal

Author: Maria Corcuera

Ingredients

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup full fat milk room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee diluted in 1/4 Cup warm water or 1/4 Cup strongly brewed coffee
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Chocolate frosting

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 1/2 Cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2/3 Cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 2/3 Cup 60% chocolate measured then melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream room temperature

Instructions

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 F and prepare 2 mini cupcake pans with mini cupcake liners. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and natural unsweetened cocoa powder). Over a large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute on medium-high speed. Mixture should resemble light wet sand. Add the egg and mix.

  • Start adding the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with milk, and beat on medium speed until fully combined. Beat for 1 more minute. Add vanilla extract and coffee and mix until just combined. Mixture will be very thin.

  • Fill mini liners 2/3 full and bake for 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for an additional 7-8 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  • Let cupcakes cool a bit in the mini cupcake pan -around 5 minutes-, then remove them from the pan really carefully (they will be very soft!) and place them over a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate frosting

  • To make the frosting, beat butter until creamy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, vanilla extract and salt. Beat on low speed until just incorporated, then beat in medium speed. Mixture will look dry and crumbly.

  • Add heavy whipping cream and beat for additional 1.5 minutes. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and beat for an additional 1.5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add more cream (gradually) if you want a softer consistency on your frosting.

  • Fill a piping bag with the chocolate frosting, then pipe it on top of your cooled cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles

Notes

  • To avoid cupcakes from sinking in the middle, start baking at 400 F for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature called for in your recipe (generally 350 F) for the rest of your baking time
  • Do not open your oven until they're almost ready, changes in temperature too early could mess with your cupcakes
  • Use room temperature ingredients
  • Avoid storing your cupcakes when they are still warm
  • Always, always follow your recipe
  • To bake similar sized and homogeneous cupcakes always fill your cupcakes with the same amount of batter
  • Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to fill them with the same amount every time
  • Always frost your cupcakes when completely cooled
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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g

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