Lazy Girl Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

I just love making cupcakes and this lazy girl chocolate cupcake recipe makes for the best no-fail chocolate cupcake you can use for any recipe!

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This lazy girl chocolate cupcake recipe is such a simple homemade chocolate cupcake recipe, I’m addicted!

Lazy Girl Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a thing for making cupcakes. Like, really, if there’s any type of get-together I get invited to, there’s going to be a batch of cupcakes in my oven. Every. Single. Time. So, of course I have a base-recipe I use for homemade chocolate cupcakes. And good news for you, I’m willing to share.


This is seriously the easiest chocolate cupcake recipe you’ll find and nothing goes better with cupcake than “easy.” Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Homemade Chocolate cupcakes

You don’t need a lot of supplies, ingredients, or culinary experience for this homemade chocolate cupcake recipe. A few things, however, are important to know. 

What Flour Is Best for Cupcakes?

  • Cake Flour – If you want a high-rise cupcake (you know, those fluffy cupcakes with the high top), the easiest way to do that is to use cake flour. If you don’t have any on hand, however, you can make your own cake flour with a little cornstarch. Or…
  • All-Purpose Flour – If you’re just lazy (like me) and there’s no way you’re going to actually go and get cake flour (and also, I can never remember to put it on the list–why is that?!), just use all-purpose flour. To get the high-rise fluffy cupcake look, you can just fill each cupcake liner with 1/4 cup of batter. 

Tips to Fix Cupcakes 

  • Ugly Cupcakes – You can fix any cupcake’s unbalanced top or sunken centers with buttercream. Buttercream is your friend. 
  • Browned Edges or Tops – See remedy above (buttercream, baby) unless you’ve burned them. Toss them if they are burned, dry, or hard. Oven temperatures vary, so turn yours down or buy an oven thermometer.
  • Flat Cupcakes – Cupcakes can fall for so many reasons. The temperature is too low or too high in the oven, the air pressure is wrong (like if you’re cooking at higher altitudes and not compensating), the ingredients were old and stale–or you just didn’t measure it, maybe you jostled them while they cooled, or maybe you over mixed–or under mixed. The best way to prevent a flat cupcake is to follow the instructions exactly. Once you’ve got cupcakes that are flat, the best thing to do is frost them like you meant for them to be flat–see the remedy above.

Tips to Frost cupcakes like a pro

  • Frosting – Get yourself a great buttercream recipe (it needs to be stiff) and learn how to frost in your favorite style. Not all butter-creams are created equally.
  • Have you ever been to a party and the cupcakes looked like they slid off the front seat while in transit even though they didn’t? Soft buttercream isn’t the best for cupcakes because the top needs to hold its shape. I promise it will still taste amazing!
  • For a wow-worthy effect, start watching this cupcake decorating video at 4:30 – it shows you how to pipe really impressive swirls. If you have a lot of cupcakes to make, need to pack them up in boxes, or want to extend your buttercream the farthest it can go, watch this basic cupcake frosting techniques video.
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How to Make Lazy Girl Chocolate Cupcakes - Recipe and Tips

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this tasty cupcake recipe. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 24 Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

Lazy Girl Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

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If you need a no-fail chocolate cupcake recipe, these are the easiest homemade chocolate cupcakes you'll find.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup high-quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, start by beating eggs and sugar until creamy. Add oil and milk and continue mixing.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients (I like to add them in thirds). Continue mixing.
  5. Once all of the ingredients have combined, add boiling water. Mix.
  6. Scoop ¼ cup of the batter into each section of the lined muffin pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poking through the center of a cupcake.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating. easiest recipe for chocolate cupcakes

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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