Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

The one and only homemade vanilla cupcake recipe you will ever need topped with a crazy delicious fudge-like chocolate frosting. You’ll find every excuse to make this classic cupcake over and over again!

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As you may already know, I LOVE cupcakes. And I have definitely eaten my share of cupcakes. But THESE cupcake might just be some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. They are just so perfect – perfectly spongy, perfectly cakey, perfectly flavored. It was one of those recipes that I didn’t even need anyone else to try because they were just that good.

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I am in LOVE with these cupcakes & the frosting that goes on top.  They are the perfect treat for any occasion and I can see myself using this classic yellow cupcake recipe & fudge frosting recipe time and time again. It’s family-favorite, win-win in our book!

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Now let’s talk frosting.

I debated posting the cupcakes and the frosting separately because they are both just so unbelievably good on their own. But I didn’t because together is more fun right?

This frosting is unlike anything you have ever tasted. It seriously tastes EXACTLY like fudge. Sorry for yelling, it’s just so crazy!! No candy thermometer needed!

Want to know something even crazier? It can be made in a blender. If you don’t have a blender then you can heat the milk and chocolate mixture in the microwave for about 1 minutes to melt the chocolate – then use a mixer to beat on high instead. But if you have a blender then turn it on high and the friction will create all the heat needed to melt the chocolate.

One important thing is that you have to let the chocolate mixture sit and cool for about 20 minutes before you can add the powdered sugar. That’s why the instructions say to make the chocolate mixture first.

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Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

The one and only homemade vanilla cupcake recipe you will ever need topped with a crazy delicious fudge-like chocolate frosting. You’ll find every excuse to make this classic cupcake over and over again!

Ingredients:

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup all vegetable shortening, melted
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

To make the frosting:

  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • Blender option: Add milk and sugar in blender and secure lid. Blend on low for 5 seconds. Remove top and add melted chocolate and secure lid. Turn blender on low and slowly increase to high. Blend for 30-60 seconds, until the chocolate is thick and shiny. The chocolate mixture will be warm to touch. Pour into a bowl and let sit at room temperature. Set aside.
  • Standard mixer option: In a medium bowl, add milk and sugar and whisk to combine. Microwave for 45-60 seconds until warm/hot to touch. Add milk, sugar, and chocolate to a standard mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on high for 1-3 minutes until thick and shiny. Pour into a bowl and let sit at room temperature. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.

To make the cupcakes:

  • Combine sugar, eggs, and egg yolk in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on high speed until combined.
  • Gradually add milk, beating until combined. Then gradually add melted butter and shortening, beating until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar egg mixture one cup at a time. Add extract and beat just until combined. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to under bake cupcakes. Under baking cupcakes will cause the center to sink in.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

To finish making the frosting:

  • Fold in 2-3 cups of powdered sugar. The frosting should be thick, but spreadable.
  • Frost cupcakes and serve immediately.