Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes, made with cocoa powder and chocolate fudge sundae sauce, for the ultimate flavor.  This recipe makes exactly one dozen cupcakes, for those times when you just need a dozen great chocolate cupcakes!  Moist and rich in flavor, these chocolate cupcakes do not disappoint.

Besides working full time, and blogging in my “spare” time, I also take custom dessert orders.  Whether it’s pies for the holidays, birthday cakes or cupcakes for a party or just a dozen cookies, I usually have a dessert order every week or two.  The orders mostly come from friends, and I don’t really make any money off of the orders, considering the amount of time, and the cost of ingredients, that I put into whatever I am making.  I do it because baking is my passion, in case you haven’t figured that out yet 😉

One of my friends wanted a dozen vanilla cupcakes and a dozen chocolate cupcakes for a movie theater themed birthday party for her daughter.  I have a vanilla cupcake recipe on the blog that makes a dozen cupcakes, but not one for chocolate!  So it’s about time I got one on here.  And you have to scroll through to the bottom to see how I decorated these cupcakes!!!

Rich chocolate cupcakes are perfect for sharing during #Choctoberfest week!  One of our sponsors for #Choctoberfest is Rodelle.  Rodelle sent me a container of their Gourmet Baking Cocoa to try in some of my recipes.  Rodelle’s cocoa is dutch processed, which provides a much more consistent product and flavor than natural cocoa.  The flavor is very decadent and adds a rich flavor.  Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa is alkalized, which reduces some of the sourness and bitterness of cocoa powder and yields a darker color and richer flavor.

And don’t forget our #Choctoberfest gold sponsor, Imperial Sugar, who sent me 88-pounds of sugar to use when creating my chocolate recipes this week!

Fill your cupcake liners just halfway full….

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 13-15 minutes


  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon of white granulated sugar (I used Imperial Sugar)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (I used Rodelle Gourmet Baking Powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate fudge sundae sauce (the thick ice cream topping sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon + 2-1/4 teaspoons brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a cupcake tin with twelve cupcake liners and set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the egg and white sugar, and mix on high for 6-8 minutes. Turn mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl.


In a medium sized bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until combined. Turn mixer to low and add half of the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture, alternating with the mayonnaise, and continuing until the dry ingredients and mayonnaise have all been added into the mixer. Mix until combined.


Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the fudge sundae sauce, coffee, water and vanilla extract. Stir until ingredients are completely combined and batter is smooth. Fill cupcake liners half full with batter and bake in 350-degree oven for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out without wet batter on it.


Remove baked cupcakes from the oven and as soon as the cupcakes are cool enough to handle, remove the cupcakes from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.


Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature.

I used the vanilla buttercream frosting from this recipe, but you can use whatever kind of frosting you like 🙂

And remember that movie theater theme I was making these cupcakes for??

The popcorn on top, is actually made from marshmallows!  Tutorial coming to the blog soon!  And yes….making all the pieces of “popcorn” was as time consuming as you may think it was hahaha.  What’s your favorite flavor of cupcake??



Don’t forget to check out all the chocolate recipes below, from the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest!  And I have linked this recipe up at the following link parties: Pin Junkie Pin Party, Meal Plan Monday, Sugar and Spice, Pretty Pintastic Party.

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  • Reply
    October 19, 2017 at 4:21 AM

    These cupcakes look AMAZING!! And that “popcorn” on top? Adorable!!! LOVE it!!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 6:19 AM

      Thanks Kelly!! You are so sweet 🙂 Have a great day! XOXO

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    October 19, 2017 at 6:01 AM

    Could this recipe be made without the brewed coffee in it? I am not a coffee drinker

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 6:16 AM

      Hi Sandy! Yes! Just substitute hot water for the coffee 🙂 The coffee is used in the recipe to enhance the chocolate flavor, but the cupcakes should still be yummy without it. XOXO

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    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    October 19, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    That popcorn is awesome! Not to mention, I’m partial to chocolate cupcakes…ha! Like you didn’t know that! They look delish!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 9:23 PM

      Hehehe I can always count on you to understand my love of all things chocolate! And thank you! I was pretty happy with how the popcorn turned out 🙂 XOXO

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    ElsaRblog (@ElsaRblog)
    October 19, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    A good one, to eat with the coffee… hmmmm…

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 9:25 PM

      I totally agree Elsa!! I love coffee with chocolate 🙂 XOXO

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    October 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    You really just can’t beat a good chocolate cupcake. These sound awesome, Kelly!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 9:26 PM

      Thanks Kelsie! I totally agree! XOXO 🙂

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    October 20, 2017 at 3:13 AM

    Wow they look so dark and moist! I like this little swirl of icing, it makes all the difference 😉

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      October 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM

      Thank you! The swirl is everything, am I right?!?! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    October 20, 2017 at 4:08 AM

    This sounds like a fantastic chocolate cupcake recipe Kelly. And that popcorn like topping is so cute…I cannot wait to see the tutorial. 😃

    • Reply
      October 21, 2017 at 11:54 AM

      Thanks Ashika!! The cupcakes were yummy, but so fun to make too 🙂 XOXO

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    October 20, 2017 at 4:10 AM

    So moist and beautiful! I love the “popcorn” garnish!!! So fun!

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      October 21, 2017 at 11:55 AM

      Thanks Liz! I loved how these cupcakes turned out for sure 🙂 XOXO

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    October 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    These cupcakes look perfect and I love the popcorn topping! Super cute!

    • Reply
      October 21, 2017 at 11:55 AM

      Thanks Amy! Have a great weekend 🙂 XOXOXO

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    Maria Doss
    October 20, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Coffee and chocolate is a match made in heaven, at least in my opinion:) And that popcorn on top is killing me!!!

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      October 21, 2017 at 11:59 AM

      Awww thanks Maria! I totally agree 🙂 XOXO

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    Julie Pollitt
    October 20, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Your cupcakes always look so delicious! Yum!!

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      October 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM

      Awww thanks Julie! XOXO

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    Jasline @ Foodie Baker
    October 20, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Anything with chocolate can never go wrong, the cupcakes look delicious!

    • Reply
      October 21, 2017 at 12:01 PM

      Thanks Jasline! I couldn’t agree more 🙂 XOXO

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    October 21, 2017 at 5:13 AM

    AW YEAH BOO these look incredible!! No wimpy chocolate cake for me. I want the rich stuff! Thanks for bringing it on.

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      October 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      Thanks Jessie!! I loooooove me some chocolate for sure lol 😉 XOXO

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    Wendy Klik
    October 21, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    I love cupcakes!!!!

    • Reply
      October 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      Me too Wendy!! 🙂

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    Kel K
    October 28, 2017 at 1:26 AM

    Ooh, these look delish! Will definitely try these with the kids soon! Thanks x

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      October 28, 2017 at 6:15 AM

      Awesome! You will have to let me know what you think then 🙂 XOXOX Have a great weekend!

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    October 30, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    I love cupcakes! That swirl of frosting looks delicious!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

    • Reply
      October 30, 2017 at 6:11 AM

      Thanks Lianne! Cupcakes are the best! XOXO

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