Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

These Chocolate Cupcakes are moist, chocolatey, and topped with a mocha buttercream frosting for a delicious snack or dessert. They’re quick and easy to make, and with no eggs, they’re a great vegan treat.

Baking is not exactly a skill set I can proudly write to mama about, but occasionally, I like to roll up my sleeves and whip up baked goodies like I’m the next Sara Lee. There’s just something about the aroma of freshly baked cookies or cupcakes that screams comfort food.

The cake, which goes by many names such as cockeyed, depression, or wacky cake, is my go-to when I am craving something sweet and indulgent but don’t have the time or energy to deal with dirty bowls after. All it needs is a minute of whisking and 30 minutes in the oven to come out moist and chocolatey EVERY TIME. The batter even gets mixed and baked in the same pan!

And if you’re looking for a vegan treat, this is it! There are no eggs in the batter as the use of vinegar is where the magic lies. As an acid, it reacts with baking soda to produce carbon dioxide, which lifts the batter as it bakes.

How to serve

Enjoy these chocolate cupcakes as a midday snack, after-meal dessert, or any time of the day you need a sweet goodie!

How to store

  • You can store unfrosted cupcakes at room temperature for up to days. Keep in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
  • Keep frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator to keep the buttercream from melting, especially during warmer weather. Please note that refrigeration will dry out the cupcakes faster.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup water
    • 5 tablespoons oil
    • 1 tablespoon vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

      Baking Tips

      • To boost the chocolate flavor, add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules to the batter.
      • I use distilled white vinegar but apple cider vinegar will work, too.
      • If you’re baking this as a cake, you can stir all the ingredients and bake in the same pan. There’s no need to grease the baking pan.
      • I included a delicious mocha buttercream frosting which really goes well with the chocolate flavor but you can just sprinkle the cupcakes with powdered sugar or use store-bought icing if you want to keep things simple.

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