Blissfully Delicious

Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes

By the time you’re reading this post, I’ll be in the middle of my fourth move in five years! Yes, I got an awesome new job in June; and I’ll be finishing my transition in the first week of September. It is an awesome opportunity because I get to continue doing what I love, with the same company, in a new location (bigger city with real malls!). The only draw back is that well, I have to move my family! Now, the other bonus was, I had a new boss who is a very super cool person. She is someone that I would categorize as the super duper ideal person to work for. She’s there for guidance, support, and back-up; but she lets you make your own mistakes, grow from it- and just move on. And she’s just plain nice. Sounds good to be true? Of course. Because that lasted for about three weeks or so. Sniff. Sniff. Then what? Well, she moved on to another job. I wanted to make something special for her last day, and I knew that she loves chocolate. So I was in the kitchen with my sous-chef making a batch of this very popular (and well-loved I must add) chocolate cupcakes. This  Beatty’s Chocolate Cake was my go-to chocolate cake. I had converted my friends (and even myself) to love chocolate cake. And the sour-cream frosting was just to die for. But my heart (and tummy) is always open for new recipe. And this recipe didn’t let me down. I have a hard time deciding which recipe that I like better now.

The batter was very thin that I had to scoop it out using a soup ladle :) But no worries. They will bake beautifully into these beautiful cupcakes with soft crumbles and rich chocolaty flavor. I was also surprised that I only ended up about 24 cupcakes instead of 30 cupcakes like what the recipe says since it’s normally the other way around with most recipes. Now let’s talk about the frosting: velvety, smooth,  sinful… a perfect chocolate frosting. If you haven’t tried them, you must. Simply must. I will be whipping up another batch of this cupcake as soon as I can get access to a kitchen again (and all of my stuff!).

Adapted from Hershey’s


2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup 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 or margarine
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For Cupcakes
Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.

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 thin). Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

For Frosting
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.  About 2 cups frosting.

Yield: 24 cupcakes


33 Responses to “Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Sasha @ The procrastobaker — September 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Beaauuttiful :) Im sure these were received very gratefully indeed!

    • h2babe — September 11th, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

      Aaaw, thanks Sasha! Yes they were indeed received very gratefully!

  2. #
    katie — September 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Best of luck with your move! The cupcakes look so delicious.

    • h2babe — September 11th, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

      Thanks Katie for the comment and visit!!

  3. #
    Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? — September 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m always up for a new cupcake recipe, especially chocolate! Thanks for sharing, they look great!

    • h2babe — September 11th, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

      Thanks Lauren :)

  4. #
    Casey — September 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    such cute cupcakes!! Look so yummy and chocolately :)

  5. #
    h2babe — September 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you Casey, they were very chocolatey!

  6. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — September 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    OH these cupcakes looks absolutely fantastic!!
    So cute and tempting…
    Now I am craving these so badly….
    Good luck with your move dear.

    • h2babe — September 14th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      Aaaw, thanks Reem!

  7. #
    Laura @ GotChocolate — September 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Puuuurty!!! Choooooocolate! I’m there!!! :D

  8. #
    Madison Chloe Marie — September 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I love seeing a classic like this,brings back memories of childhood, I have not had an M&M for maybe 15 years, I wonder if they still make the one’s with the nuts?

    • h2babe — September 29th, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

      Yes of course they do!

  9. #
    Alison — October 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    You can definitely decorate an amazing cupcake!

  10. #
    10 — August 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I’m going to make these for my sons first birthday.

    • Yudith — August 1st, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

      Awesome! Happy Early Birthday to your little boy :)

  11. #
    Stephanie Beth — November 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Uhm, did no one else catch the error in the recipe? One paragraph says to bake 22-25 minutes, while the following parpagraph indicates 30-35 minutes. Which is the proper time setting???

    • sandi rehder — November 25th, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

      The first set of instructions is for cupakes the second set is for 2 9 inch cake pans.

      • Yudith — November 26th, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

        Fixed it!

  12. #
    Maddy — January 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    These were so moist and delicious! I was a little scared When the batter was so thin. Mine did not rise at all though, were pretty flat.. is that normal?


    • Yudith — January 26th, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      Hmmmm… Mine rose pretty well, not sure why yours didn’t ;(

  13. #
    Ashlinn — March 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Wow! These cupcakes look delicious! My friends are coming over, and I was meaning to bake cupcakes, but I couldn’t find a recipe with all of the ingredients that I had. Until I came across this recipe! Thanks so much, my friends will love them!

  14. #
    Fatma — March 24, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Amazing cupcakes.. I made it for my sister’s birthday and everyone loved them!! Thank you so much for the recipe :)

  15. #
    Megan — May 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I too love both this and Beattys chocolate cake recipe but did you notice that they are actually the exact same recipe ? The only difference is the acidity levels(i.e. baking soda + buttermilk vs baking powder + regular milk) and the addition of coffee in Ina’s recipe to enhance the cocoa flavour . So really, there’s no competition between the recipes haha

  16. #
    Amy — August 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    These are so delicious, you don’t have to frost them! Thank you for this amazing recipe! It will be my only chocolate cupcake recipe from now on!

  17. #
    Jenn — August 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    When do you put in the vegetable oil?

  18. #
    x — September 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    mines always rising well lol

  19. #
    19 — July 1, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Great article with beautiful pics this is very rare combination, this is my goodness that I found it on google, brilliant idea you have shared thank you so much


  1. Pingback: Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting |

  2. Pingback: Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes « just read and be quiet

  3. Pingback: Happy Valentine's Day - Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcake Pushpops

  4. Pingback: Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes

  5. Pingback: hershey choc cupcakes - Pinterest Cupcake

Leave a Comment