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Moist and super chocolatey milk chocolate cupcakes topped with a perfectly smooth milk chocolate frosting that tastes incredible.

Moist and super chocolatey milk chocolate cupcakes topped with a perfectly smooth milk chocolate frosting that tastes incredible.

Hi there! I’m Shiran from Pretty. Simple. Sweet. and today I get to share with you one of my all-times favorite recipes while Carrian takes care of baby stuff and tries to catch up on a little bit of sleep. She’ll be needing one of these milk chocolate cupcakes for sure. So Carrian told me how much you guys love all things chocolate. That’s when I immediately knew that we would be a perfect fit for each other! There’s not a day that goes by without me eating something chocolate.

Moist and super chocolatey milk chocolate cupcakes topped with a perfectly smooth milk chocolate frosting that tastes incredible.

Over the years I’ve tried countless dry, flavorless, overly sweet cupcakes, and that led me to not liking them too much. It was only when I tried this recipe (and this one) that the stars finally aligned. The cake base is perfectly moist and flavorful, but the frosting is the real deal. If you’re a milk chocolate fan, these will be your dream cupcakes. It’s so irresistible that you won’t be able to stop licking the bowl. Just make sure you leave some to frost your cupcakes with, because it’ll be gone before you know it.

Moist and super chocolatey milk chocolate cupcakes topped with a perfectly smooth milk chocolate frosting that tastes incredible.

To make sure these cupcakes turn out perfect, be careful not to over bake them, which can cause them to dry out. For a completely smooth frosting, make sure to sift the powdered sugar well, and beat the ingredients for several minutes. If the frosting is still somewhat grainy, switch to the whisk attachment.

Why Do Cupcakes Stick to the Paper Liners?

Cupcakes may stick to the paper liners for several reasons.

Some cheaper paper liners cause cupcakes to stick.

If the liner isn’t thoroughly greased or sprayed with nonstick spray, the cupcakes may stick.

It is important to let the cupcake cool completely before removing the paper liner.

Cupcakes shrink a little as they cool, releasing the paper liner.

Can You Use Bakers Chocolate Instead of Cocoa Powder?

You Can Use 1 ounce of unsweetened bakers chocolate in place of 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Can Frosted Cupcakes be Frozen?

To freeze frosted cupcakes, place them in the freezer on a baking sheet.

When they are frozen, transfer them to freezer bags or an airtight container.

Frozen cupcakes will keep for up to 3 months.

Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

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Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

4.45 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16
Moist and super chocolatey milk chocolate cupcakes topped with a perfectly smooth milk chocolate frosting that tastes incredible.


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 185g
  • 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder 50g
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick buter 115g, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk 120ml
  • 1/2 cup hot water 120ml

Milk Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 1/3 sticks unsalted butter 150g, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar 90g, sifted (plus more as necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 100 g milk chocolate melted and slightly cooled
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture and beat just until combined.
  • Beat in milk until combined, followed by the other half of the flour mixture.
  • Add hot water and beat just until combined. Do not overmix—the less you mix, the lighter the cake will be.
  • Divide batter evenly between cups, filling them about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.
  • Allow cupcakes to sit for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • !For the frosting:
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter at medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add powdered sugar in 2 additions, beating well after each addition, until mixture is completely smooth and sugar has dissolved into the butter.
  • Add vanilla extract and melted chocolate and beat until combined.
  • Beat in additional powdered sugar as necessary until frosting is spreadable.
  • Add a pinch of salt if you’d like to cut the sweetness.
  • Keep beating until shiny, fluffy, and smooth.
  • Use frosting immediately to frost cupcakes, or store in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days.
  • Before using, bring to room temperature and whisk until smooth.
  • Cupcakes are best the same day they’re made, but can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

    Unfrosted cupcakes can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months.

    Thaw them on the counter or overnight in the fridge.


cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Milk Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • that frosting looks SO luscious. Unbelievable.
    perhaps i should make these with/for my nephews! thanks!

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    • Let me know how they like it!!

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  • Don’t know if this is dumb question, but when you say butter, do you mean salted or unsalted?

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    • Not a dumb question at all! We like to use unsalted so we have more control over the salt content in the cupcakes. When you use salted butter, you just never know how salted it is. Haha! Enjoy!!

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  • Hi,

    I tried making this cupcake but it came out cracked on top. What may have gone wrong? But tasted delicious 🙂

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    • Cupcakes cracking on top is usually either too much liquid or too little flour. It can also happen if the oven is slightly too hot, I would double check your liquid an flour measurements and maybe decrease the oven time some. Every oven bakes a little differently.

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  • Just made these tonight for my daughters birthday and they were amazing!! I subbed a little cocoa powder instead of melted milk chocolate in the frosting and it was still delicious. Thanks!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed them!!

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  • What tip did you use to frost the cupcakes with??? Thanks. All of your goodies are great!

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  • When you say milk chocolate… Do you mean something like Hershey’s chocolate candy bar or a baking chocolate? I’m all over these!

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    • Hi Sharon, baking chocolate 🙂

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  • mmmm these cupcakes are gorgeous! chocolatey goodness!

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  • How yum these look and I wish I had one in my mouth right now. I may have to make some tonight. Definitely sharing!!!

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    • Aren’t they gorgeous?!

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  • My God.. that buttercream looks so creamy.Yumyum

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