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The Ultimate Valentines Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

The Ultimate Valentines Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Looking for the perfect Valentines treat for your sweetheart! Try this delicious and easy Valentines chocolate cupcake recipe for the ultimate dessert!

Valentines Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Time: 30 minutes
Quantity: 18 cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (if you don’t have any, just mix 1 tsp white vinegar with 3/4 cup milk)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Ingredients for easy delicious chocolate cake or cupcakes in mixing bowl


  1. First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Then line two cupcake pans with 18 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium/large bowl, mix the seven dry ingredients on low speed until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, brewed coffee, and vanilla.
  4. Slowly pour the wet mix into the dry mix bowl and combine - don’t overmix!
  5. Add yogurt and mix briefly until combined.
  6. Fill each cupcake liner ¾ full then bake for 16-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate cupcake with swiss meringue buttercream topped with fresh fruit for valentines day

We decided to use Swiss meringue buttercream. We find it's not as sweet as traditional American buttercream, and a lot lighter and airier. Sometimes buttercream can be too sweet and heavy, and many people don’t care for it. Our husband tried one of these cupcakes tonight, and despite not having a sweet tooth, he inquired about the type of icing used! Here's a link to the recipe we used, but feel free to use whatever you like best!

A measuring cup filled with a frothy, bubbly egg white mixture next to eggshells and a whisk, on a marble countertop

A stainless steel mixing bowl filled with chocolate batter, a whisk, and eggshells on the side, placed on a marble surface.

A muffin tin with six chocolate cupcake batters in white liners and empty greased cups, on a marble countertop with a whisk, eggshells, and a measuring cup visible.

A beater with chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream frosting swirled around the whisk, set against a neutral textured background.
P.s. love the background behind our cupcake pictures? It's our limewash aesthetic wallpaper


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