Here we are at Part 3, the final cupcake, of my Cupcake Week. I sort of like this whole “nothing but cupcakes” thing…kinda fun! I’m especially excited to post these because they happen to be my favorite of the 3. This is Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Buttercream – the very best chocolate cake recipe out there, in my opinion (and it translates beautifully to cupcakes!)! It’s so amazingly moist and tender and the frosting?? Oh MAN, don’t even get me started on that frosting! It’s the BEST chocolate frosting you will ever put in your mouth! Silky smooth, rich, thick, buttery and oh-so chocolaty. I ate an embarrassing amount of these cupcakes at the party. Then I took some home with me and ate another embarrassing amount. For breakfast. I’m in love with this recipe. I’ll never, never stray from it. I don’t want any other smelly old chocolate cake recipe- I’ll always be a Hershey’s girl. Now and forever. Wow, those sound like wedding vows! I’m pretty good at pledging my love to a cupcake, huh?

Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with liners.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water (batter will be very thin).
Pour batter into cupcake liners.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, make frosting: stir melted butter into cocoa.
Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed.
Stir in vanilla. (Makes approx. 2 cups frosting)
Frost cupcakes when completely cooled, as desired. Makes approx. 24 cupcakes.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my special “Birthday-Extravaganza-Week-of-Cupcakes” – I certainly have! I enjoyed making them, sharing them, blogging them and especially eating them (I’m starting to really understand the whole obsession with cupcakes now….albeit a little late…). Bottom line: everyone, from little kids having a birthday to 75 year-olds having a birthday to twenty-somethings having breakfast (tee hee) LOVES a good cupcake. They’re cheerful. They’re easy. And most importantly, they’re YUMMY!

Maybe I’ll do another Cupcake Week again sometime and see what other delicious flavors I can come up with- for now, I’m happy with the Holy Trinity – Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate. Who was and is; and is to come. Amen.



  1. Oh yum! These look great, Amy!


    Comment by Kelsey — July 30, 2010 @ 11:05 AM

  2. I LOVED cupcake week!! I have a mad obsession for cupcakes so dedicating a whole week to them is totally awesome to me!!! They all look so delicious!


    Comment by Shannon — July 30, 2010 @ 11:28 AM

  3. Thank you Shannon! I’m just starting to really appreciate cupcakes- no wonder people are obsessed with them! 🙂


    Comment by amy — July 30, 2010 @ 11:30 AM

  4. Oh man, these chocolate cupcakes DO look perfect!!!


    Comment by Eliana — July 30, 2010 @ 12:38 PM

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  6. Cupcakes are so happy! Love all of yours! Lately, while I fold clothes, I’ve been watching “Cupcake Wars” and “DC Cupcakes”. Who knew cupcakes were as entertaining as they are delicious?


    Comment by Heidi's Recipes — July 30, 2010 @ 1:10 PM

  7. I definitely enjoyed your cupcake week. You already know that this is my go-to recipe for an easy chocolate cake, too. I use coffee in place of the boiling water and buttermilk in place of the milk to intensify the flavor, but the recipe is definitely good as-is. Your cupcakes look absolutely perfect. YUM!


    Comment by Memoria — July 31, 2010 @ 2:09 AM

  8. How clever, Memoria!! I would have never even thought of using coffee and buttermilk! I bet that makes it tastes even more amazing!! Great idea, girl!!! 🙂


    Comment by amy — July 31, 2010 @ 9:41 AM

  9. I agree, this recipe is the best chocolate cake recipe. I made the same cupcakes using vanilla buttercream last week to take to work for a birthday. They were a huge hit with everyone.


    Comment by suzanne — July 31, 2010 @ 9:57 AM

  10. I’m all about the chocolate so the chocolate one is definitely my favorite! I bet the coffee really brings out the chocolate flavor…yum yum!


    Comment by Taylor — July 31, 2010 @ 10:19 AM

  11. looks delicious


    Comment by torviewtoronto — July 31, 2010 @ 12:13 PM

  12. What a way to top off cupcake week!! These look amazing!


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  14. I love the “amen”! Amen to that.


    Comment by Jen — August 3, 2010 @ 3:22 PM

  15. It’s impossible to get too much chocolate – these cupcakes look like chocolate perfection. Just from the picture, I can see why you sing their praises. I can’t wait to try them!


    Comment by Margo — August 4, 2010 @ 12:27 PM

  16. I came across your site while googling for chocolate cupcakes. I made these today and they turned out wonderfuly. Thanks! 🙂


    Comment by Priya — October 10, 2010 @ 5:04 AM

  17. Thank you, Priya! I’m so glad you found me!!


    Comment by amy — October 10, 2010 @ 9:22 AM

  18. I also came across these on Tastespotting while looking for a chocolate cupcake recipe for a birthday. They were fantastic! Especially loved the frosting. Thanks!


    Comment by Kristin — October 12, 2010 @ 8:38 AM

  19. Made these cupcakes with the frosting last week and they were delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. This one is a keeper.


    Comment by Lillian C. — October 25, 2010 @ 8:50 PM

  20. I just made these cakes! Awesome, as good as my mom’s recipe. I didn’t make the frosting yet, but I think I will 😀 It’s for a dinner with my colleagues and my doctorate supervisor so it had to be good 😉 I knew I could count on your good taste 😀


    amy Reply:

    Marjorie- I’m so happy you enjoyed these! You definitely should try the frosting- it’s the best part, in my opinion! I hope your doctorate supervisor enjoys these!!


    Comment by Marjorie — December 15, 2010 @ 8:23 PM

  21. DELICIOUS! I made these tonight for my best friends bridal shower Sunday and they were by far the best chocolate cupcake Ive ever had! I had a little issue with the frosting being too thin (I think the butter was too hot, I melted it on the stove top and it came to a boil…oops!) but after adding some more powder sugar and flour, it thickened right up and tasted amazing! I did use “dark” cocoa powder for the frosting. Thanks so much for sharing, these are a keeper for sure!


    amy Reply:

    Wonderful, Myrynda! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! That’s the beauty of buttercream frosting- if it’s too thin or too thick, just add more milk or powdered sugar until you get exactly the consistency you want! Sounds like you nailed them! Thanks for letting me know! Enjoy the bridal shower Sunday! 🙂


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