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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

These mini chocolate cupcakes are filled with rich chocolate flavor and topped with decadent cream cheese goodness. These mini cupcakes make the perfect bite-sized dessert for a party or celebration. Using canned frosting makes these cupcakes ready in under an hour—a win when you're short on time.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 24 cup miniature muffin tin
  • 24 mini muffin liners
  • piping bag optional
  • piping tip optional


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg large
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting
  • sprinkles optional


  • Place a rack in the center of your oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 20 minutes before baking your muffins. Line a 24-count mini muffin pan with liners and set aside.
  • Melt the butter, canola oil, and water over low heat in a medium saucepan.
  • Sift the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) into a large bowl. Slowly pour in the melted butter mixture and stir until all incorporated and smooth.
  • Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl.
  • Spoon the batter into the lined muffin tins, filling them about one-half full.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool slightly, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
  • Using a spatula, or a piping bag fitted with a piping tip, frost the cooled cupcakes with canned cream cheese frosting. Add sprinkles and serve!

Heather's Helpful Hints

  • Storage: These cupcakes can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days. If you're not serving them right away, I like to wait to add my sprinkles. Sometimes they will bleed into the frosting, which doesn't look quite as nice for a party.
  • Frosting: You can add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract to the frosting for some extra flavor. You can also whip it using a stand mixer to make it a little extra creamy. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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