Fluffy Chocolate Cupcakes

Earlier in the week I hosted a Cupcake Salon for four Distinguished Guests. The one main request was that the, “cupcakes were to be light and fluffy, not like the ones from DC area bakeries as they are too dense.” Ah, light and fluffy it is. I totally understood her request, as I too have eaten many of our areas famous cupcakes and especially found the chocolate variety to be too dense, too chocolaty (yes I did just say that), and too sweet. So I went to work on dabbling with my recipes and found this one to try on my Guests. It worked and they loved these cupcakes. Perfect with sweet buttercream frosting.

We also made Rainbow Cupcakes which always bring smiles.

Fluffy Chocolate Cupcakes
2/3 cup soft butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. espresso powder

3 one ounce squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted

2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups cold water

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla till fluffy (beat 5 minutes at high speed on mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.) Blend in chocolate. Whisk flour with baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with ice water; beat after each addition. Pour into 24 cupcake liners and bake about 18-23 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and decorate.

For more on cupcakes, check out my Cupcake Salon Videos.


  1. A Year on the Grill
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    These are terrific. Yeah, not sure what the appeal is to cupcake shops. The ones I have visited always seem … well, less (or more (in a not good way) if you count density).

    love the recipe, and really love the look of the rainbow icing


  2. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    I love cupcakes of all densities, but the frosting is always better on the fluffy kind 🙂

  3. Biz
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

    I love light and fluffy cupcakes – yum!

  4. Karen
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

    My granddaughter would love the rainbow cupcakes. I'm going to try to remember when I visit them next week!

  5. vanillasugar
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    espresso powder is awesome in cupcake batter.
    would love to give this one a go and put a creamy filling in the middle, like a devil dog in cupcake form you know?

  6. chowbellaroma
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM | Permalink

    I really want to try making those rainbow cupcakes!

  7. Mimi
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    Fluffy looks good to me.

  8. miri leigh
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    I'm into fluffy too, and this is the perfect recipe for that. Thanks!

  9. mybizzykitchen.com
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

    Robin – were you on a t.v. commercial for dishwasher detergent??

    My daughter came home and said "you know Big Red Kitchen, right?" I just saw her on t.v.!

  10. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM | Permalink

    What a great excuse to make cupcakes, light and fluffy sounds just right. I need to go make some now!

  11. grace
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:19 AM | Permalink

    i like my cake part so fluffy and frosting so high that i literally have to shove a cupcake into my face to eat it. nice. 🙂

  12. DelightedBaker
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

    I don’t usually post comments on websites, but these cupcakes turned out SO FLUFFY AND AMAZING that I just had to. Thank you bigredkitchen for this fabulous recipe. At first I thought the batter looked pale but wow was I wrong, perfect chocolate fluff!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your compliments!

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