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Chocolate Cupcakes

This recipe takes me back to my school days, when my mom packed my lunches. I also made these for my kids’ lunches even though sometimes they used them as valuable trading food for fruit roll ups and snacks I deprived them of. The icing hardens enough so that you can wrap them with plastic wrap and it doesn’t stick to it. I like them because they don't fall apart like the chocolate cake mix cupcakes and the first ingredients is not sugar. . . well looking at it now, it's listed first on the recipe but . . . you know what I mean.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 heaping tablespoons cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Whisk sugar and eggs well, gradually beating in the oil, then the buttermilk and vanilla. 
  2. Stir in combined dry ingredients. 
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin tins 3/4 full. Makes 12 large or 18 medium sized cupcakes. 
  4. Bake at 350° F for 20 min. Remove from muffin trays and cool on wire rack. Ice with chocolate icing once cooled.
Chocolate Icing:
Mix 1 1/2 cups icing sugar with 2 tablespoons soft margarine, 1 tablespoon cocoa and enough milk (maybe 4 tablespoons) to make a spread-able consistency. Sprinkle with chocolate or colored sprinkles. Freeze in air tight container once the icing has dried.


  1. Yummy!!! I enjoyed one of these tasty treats today as I couldn't resist after seeing them in my freezer...thank you!!! =)

  2. That totally reminds me of all the home-made baking I would swap for some horrible store bought cookies! I had a thing for Peak Freans :)

  3. oh yummy. . .I want to make them tonight. . .they look wonderful.
    I wonder how often I made chocolate icing only to have it stick to the plastic wrap. . . now that I don't make school lunches anymore. . oh well, we eat lunch on the farm too.

  4. They look like a great treat in a school lunch. My kids got offers of up to $5.00 for their homemade sandwiches in high school :0)

  5. Those are some fine looking cupcakes, I can see why other kids are willing to give up their store-bought snacks for those. Wow!

  6. I just love the many recipes you are posting, Mrs. F. :) Thank you! I keep recommending this blog to many of my friends!
    These cupcakes sound like perfect lunch-box fillers!! Thank you!

  7. I like these simple recipes. It's something my little boy can help me bake and feel like he's accomplished something and of course send them home to his family.