Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (4.5 oz, 127 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (7 oz, 200 grams)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1.16 oz, 33 grams)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 ml)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (80 ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee (or hot water) (120 ml)

Condensed Milk Chocolate Frosting



  • Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  • On another bowl, or measuring cup, mix the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the sifted dry ingredients.
  • Whisk until incorporated.
  • Pour the hot coffee (or hot water) over the batter.
  • Pour the batter into cupcake tins, filling up only halfway.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 18 minutes, until you can touch the surface of a cupcake with your finger and it springs right back, or an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool.


  • Start by melting the chocolate in a microwave bowl, at 20 second increments, stirring in between until all chocolate has melted. Set it aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Next, make sure the butter is at the appropriate consistency, which should be at room temperature. The butter should have a nice shape, not be too soft, but not cold either. It’s ideal if the butter is from 68 to 72ºF.
  • Cream the butter with an electric mixer, at medium-high speed, for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer off, sift the cocoa powder on top of the butter, add condensed milk in. Cream with the mixer on medium speed for 1 minute until combined.
  • Add melted, cooled, room temperature chocolate to the bowl.
  • Cream until incorporated and smooth. Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.


  • Place the frosting in a large piping bag fitted with the tip of choice.
  • Pipe it over the cooled down cupcakes.

Recipe by our friend Camila Hurst of Pies and Tacos