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Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Treat yourself and your favorite chocolate lover to these quick and easy Chocolate Cupcakes for Two!

Chocolate Cupcakes for Two served on small white cake stands

I’ve been doing more and more small-batch baking. While I still enjoy baking big batches, the idea of making just enough for the two of us is highly appealing.

These Chocolate Cupcakes for Two are a new favorite for small-batch baking. Their wonderful chocolate flavor and soft texture make them a real winner.

overhead view of Chocolate Cupcakes for Two on small white cake stands

And let’s give them some bonus points for mixing so quickly and easily in just one bowl! You’ll have these mixed and in the oven in short order. That’s just another reason to love these little guys!

These cupcakes get their chocolate flavor mainly from cocoa powder, but there’s also some chocolate milk in there for just a hint more chocolate flavor. If you don’t have chocolate milk, regular milk should work and still give you a nice chocolate flavor.

two Chocolate Cupcakes on small cake stands

In lieu of frosting, these cupcakes are topped with melted chocolate. That’s such a simple way to finish these without needing to make a frosting. That melted chocolate works wonderfully on top of these cupcakes, as they don’t have a big dome on top. I usually use bittersweet chocolate for the topping, but go with semisweet if darker chocolate isn’t your thing.

You can top these cupcakes with all sorts of things. The ones you see here are dressed up for Valentine’s Day with some fun sprinkles. If you’re not in the mood for sprinkles, try toasted nuts, chocolate shavings, toasted coconut, or most anything that sounds like a tasty pairing.

Chocolate Cupcakes for Two on small cake stands on a pink surface

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert to share with your favorite chocolate lover, I hope you’ll try these Chocolate Cupcakes for Two. And then don’t be surprised if you find yourself making them again and again!

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Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Yield 2 cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Chocolate Cupcakes for Two are wonderfully quick, easy, and delicious!

Chocolate Cupcakes for Two served on small white cake stands

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (22g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate milk*
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • sprinkles, nuts, or other garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line two cups of a standard muffin pan.
  2. Whisk or sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  3. Add the chocolate milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide the batter between the two muffin cups.
  5. Bake 14 to 18 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips at half-power in the microwave in 20-second increments until the chocolate melts when stirred.
  8. Spread half of the melted chocolate on top of each cupcake. Garnish with sprinkles, nuts, or another garnish.

Notes

*You can substitute regular or 2% milk if you like. Add a pinch more cocoa powder if you want to make up for that loss of chocolate flavor.

Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light.

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