Part 3 – Chocolate mud cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting

Chocolate mud cupcake

This is the last of the three part cupcake series. And I have saved the best for last – amazingly dense and rich chocolate mud cake, and the best chocolate buttercream frosting I’ve ever used for piping.

part 3 - chocolate mud cupcakes with chocoalte buttercream frosting
There are some important things we need to cover here, so I’m going to be all business today.

Firstly, best piping tips in the world are over on part 1 – red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. These tips, pinched from a fellow blogger, taught me to pipe.

Chocolate mud cupcakes

Secondly, this type of cake is the ultimate make ahead trick. The cake gets better a few days after making it. Meaning you can make the cupcakes one day. The a couple of days later when you have more time, do the frosting. Then freeze.

The freezing is a bit of an art. It helps if you have a boyfriend who loves these kinds of challenges. Below was his inventive cupcake storage solution. He says he’ll make you one too… and will work for beer.

Making a box for cupcakes

(P.S. You’ll be pleased to know that two months after turning 30 – which these cupcakes were made for – I’m kinda OK with it now. Kinda. Being 30 that is. I was always OK with cupcakes. Obviously.)


This recipe makes 26 chocolate cupcakes.


Chocolate cupcakes
250 grams butter, chopped
200 grams dark chocolate
2 cups sugar
1-1/3 cups of strong coffee/espresso
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (use good stuff!)
3 eggs, lightly beaten

Chocolate buttercream frosting
(sorry for the strange amount, it’s 1.5x the original here at Sweet and Crumby)
340 grams unsalted butter, softened
1 1/8 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (good quality makes a huge difference)
1/3 teaspoon salt
6 cups icing (confectioners’) sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Chocolate cupcakes

  1. Add first four ingredients into a saucepan and heat on low until melted and sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Add all flours to the cooled liquid, mixing until incorporated.
  4. Add eggs and mix until incorporated well.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared cupcake pattys and bake at 180 C for approx 20-25 minutes. Every oven is different, so when it begins to crack on top, check it with a toothpick…when it comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs, it’s done!

Chocolate cupcake frosting

  1. To prepare the frosting, place butter, cocoa and salt in the bowl and mix with electric beaters. Cream the mixture on low until thoroughly combined, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the icing (confectioners’) sugar, cream and vanilla. Combine on low for 10 seconds, then increase to medium and beat for 10 more seconds.
  3. Increase to high and beat until the icing is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional minute.
  5. Keep at room temperature until needed

Garnish: I used choc chips, some candy-glitter, 100′s and 1000′s (these are a smaller, round version of sprinkles for the American readers), and basically anything else I could get my hands on. Get creative.

Makes: 26 cupcakes – I did have some leftover frosting, but always better to have too much.

Storage: They freeze well, otherwise best eaten within a couple of days. Store in airtight container. I froze mine for two weeks.

Source: Chocolate cupcake recipe from Jessicakes. The frosting is from Sweet and Crumby.

16 Comments on Part 3 – Chocolate mud cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      7 November 2012 at 4:32 pm (5 years ago)

      Yea, it is OK 🙂 I think it just took me awhile to get good with the three-oh.

  1. Sarah
    7 November 2012 at 1:52 pm (5 years ago)

    oh these look so perfect, aimee!! i’ve never piped chocolate frosting (always some form of white/flavored frosting) but it looks so pretty 🙂

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      7 November 2012 at 4:37 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s a bit harder to find decorations that stand out, but this recipe for frosting really made the easiest piping I’ve ever done!

  2. Amy @ ElephantEats
    8 November 2012 at 12:48 pm (5 years ago)

    30 is great! In fact, 31 ain’t so bad either 😉 These cupcakes look amazing…especially the frosting. Yum!

  3. frugalfeeding
    8 November 2012 at 9:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Totally gorgeous, Aimee! I want 😀 Oh and you’ve got a mention in my next post 😀

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      8 November 2012 at 10:36 pm (5 years ago)

      Realllllyy? That’s exciting! I’ll be looking out for it. 🙂

      • frugalfeeding
        9 November 2012 at 12:23 am (5 years ago)

        You’ll love it, I’m sure.

  4. Victoria
    11 November 2012 at 2:01 am (5 years ago)

    Once again…you make food beautiful. It looks so yum-huh!

  5. Lafemmeroar
    19 November 2012 at 5:11 am (5 years ago)

    They look so cute and scrumptious! Tweeting this now 🙂

  6. theglobalgarnishgeek
    7 December 2012 at 12:28 am (5 years ago)

    When you popped up more than once on fellow-blogger pages, I had to check you out. Looks fabulous. Nothing like a pretty cupcake….

  7. Made Indelice
    25 October 2013 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

    HELLO I can not wait to try thank you for the recipe she is gorgeous


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