One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

These chocolate cupcakes are simple enough for kids to prepare. Just pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones and stir. Bake them up for a dessert that everyone loves.

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes or one 13x9-inch cake Prep 30 mins  plus cooking Bake 350°F 18 mins to 20 mins


  • 1 1/4 cups  milk
  • 1 teaspoon  white vinegar
  • 1 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar
  • 2/3 cup  unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4 cup  butter or margarine, softened, cut up
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
Fluffy White Frosting
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup  water
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa, for garnish


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin-pan cups with paper liners. Combine milk and vinegar in a 1-cup measure. Let stand 5 minutes. Combine flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixer bowl. Beat in butter at low speed until mixture is crumbly. Add milk mixture, eggs, and vanilla; beat at medium speed 3 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each paper liner. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Make Fluffy White Frosting::

2. Combine egg whites, 1-1/2 cups sugar, cream of tartar, and water in top of a double boiler. Beat on high speed 1 minute with hand held mixer. Place over boiling water (water should not touch bottom of pan); beat on high speed 7 minutes. Remove pan from boiling water; add vanilla and beat on high 2 minutes more, until stiff enough to spread. Makes 2-3/4 cups.

3. Spread cupcakes with warm frosting. Sprinkle lightly with cocoa, if desired.


One-Bowl Sheet Cake:
  • Prepare batter as above. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan. Line bottom with waxed paper; grease and flour paper and sides. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on rack 10 minutes. Invert cake; remove paper and cool completely. Frost cake with warm frosting. Decorate with cocoa, if desired. Makes 24 slices.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)205,
  • Fat, total(g)7,
  • chol.(mg)35,
  • sat. fat(g)4,
  • carb.(g)32,
  • pro.(g)3,
  • sodium(mg)146,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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