Devils Food Cupcakes

Prep 15 mins
Cook 18 mins
Total 33 mins

If you’re in search of a super moist chocolate cupcake recipe, these Devils Food Cupcakes are the dessert for you! Frosted with homemade chocolate buttercream, these rich, dense cupcakes are sure to put a smile on your face.

A Moist Chocolate Cupcake with a Blue Liner on a Plate in Front of a Cake Stand Holding More Cupcakes

Rich and Moist Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

I have spent all of two weekends with Erin (of Erin’s Food Files) in my whole life, but I can honestly tell you she is one of my soul sisters. Or better yet, my Sister from another Mister. Through emails, twitter, blogging and facebook, Erin and I became friends before we actually ever met face to face. 

Meeting people that you click with online in person can be awkward. Usually it takes a little while to warm up to each other, but with Erin it was really like seeing an old friend. So when she texted me, while I was in Puerto Rico on vacation, that she was pregnant, I was ecstatic! I immediately had a huge smile plastered on my face and it was only partially due to the piña colada in my hand. Erin and her fun loving husband Nathan are the cutest couple and are surely going to make an adorable baby.

Since we all live so far apart, a few of us have gotten together and are celebrating Erin and Nathan’s soon to be little bundle of joy baby toes (that’s not creepy right?? …I can’t help it, I love baby toes). And while we may not be close enough to celebrate with a traditional shower, we can celebrate through food!

And because I know not to show up at a party without some Chocolate for a pregnant lady, I made Devil’s Food Cupcakes. 😉 With their wonderfully dense texture and perfectly domed tops, these rich chocolate cupcakes would be welcomed at any baby shower.

This recipe makes exactly 6 cupcakes…which in my mind means 2 for Mama, 2 for Baby & 2 for Dad! Congratulations again to the parents to be, Erin and Nathan! I cannot wait to baby stalk all your pictures on instagram in a few short weeks!

Yield: 6

Devils Food Cupcakes

A Moist Chocolate Cupcake with a Blue Liner on a Plate in Front of a Cake Stand Holding More Cupcakes

If you're in search of a super moist chocolate cupcake recipe, these Devils Food Cupcakes are the dessert for you! Frosted with homemade chocolate buttercream, these rich, dense cupcakes are sure to put a smile on your face.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


For the Devils Food Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup double dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons double dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk, as needed


for the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, sour cream, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Fold together the dry and wet ingredients. Mixing until there are no large lumps.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared tin, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a only a few crumbs clinging to it. Do not over bake!
  6. Remove from pan immediately and cool on a wire rack. Then frost!

for the frosting

  1. In a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. On low, mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. Carefully beat in the cocoa powder, followed by the powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time. If the buttercream is too thick add 1 teaspoon of cold milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  3. Then pipe onto cooled cupcakes with your favorite frosting tip.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 44gProtein: 3g

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30 Responses
  1. Pam

    These were good however there was not enough frosting for the 6 cupcakes. Only piped on 4 cupcakes and then spread a thin layer on the last 2. I am one who prefers frosting on the whole top, not just some in the middle. One and a half the frosting recipe would be more like it for me.

  2. Metka

    …Devils Food Cupcakes are amazing! I made a little substitution – instead of sour cream, I used cream cheese (Philadelphia) and I must say they were amazing! So glad that I found your recipe! =) And I like your blog!

  3. Pete Nott

    Those truffles look intriguing.
    I am not a massive fan of normal truffles as I find them a bit rich and dark, but lemon and poppyseed could definitely work!

    The brownies look ridiculously good, might have to try the recipe though i do have my standard perfect brownie recipe, will have to make a comparison test! 😉

  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Those cupcakes are perfect for a shower – so cute and pretty! Love everything that people make for the shower!

  5. Jen at The Three Little Piglets

    I’m not sure as a pregnant woman 6 would have gone very far! I wold have been good, but I’m not sure what anybody would have eaten. These would be a triple batch in my house fo’ sho’!

  6. Joanne

    MAJOR congrats to Erin! All of this food looks amazing and totally foodie-baby-shower worthy! Loving those cupcakes…I’m all about the chocolate even if I’m very much NOT pregnant!

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I love that these are so easy, Jessica! They look fantastic. What a great contribution to the baby shower, too. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe!

  8. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    What a cute idea! I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends in person, you are lucky to have met such cool people through this blog!

  9. Julia

    Erin is so dang darling! And what an amazing food round up, no really, all the food here is like the ultimate pregnant ladies DREAM! Or a non-pregnant ladies dream, I’m flippin’ starving now!!!!

  10. natalie@thesweetslife

    what a gorgeous picture of Erin!!! Love her, love you, so it’s no surprise to find you’re “sisters” 😉

  11. Paula

    Everyone’s recipes look so appetizing and delicious. Erin looks absolutely beautiful and that is such a wonderful picture of her with that gorgeous backdrop!

  12. Katie

    How very exciting & nice of you to plan a virtual baby shower for Erin! I love that your cupcake recipe makes exactly 6 cupcakes not 2 million. lol.

  13. ErinsFoodFiles

    Oh my goodness! I’m drooling over each and every one of these! I can’t wait to fully read each post!

    And I LOVE recipes that yield small batches! I just might have to whip these up!


  14. amy @ fearless homemaker

    ooh, your cupcakes look delicious, as do everyone else’s recipes. thanks for organizing the virtual shower! =)

  15. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie

    Man, everything looks awesome (and this has me craving burgers and cupcakes at 8am lol)! Thanks for being a great hostess!

  16. Kathryn

    it’s definitely not a party unless there’s chocolate involved! What a cute idea for Erin and what an amazing round up!

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