Cake, Cupcakes, Desserts, Holiday

Death By Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

October 19, 2013

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is almost Halloween! Are you excited? Can you tell I am?? No? You must have missed out on I{ce} Scream Cupcakes and my super adorable Bat Truffles. Because if those don’t say “Hey! I’m excited!” I don’t know what will. Actually, I do! How about some more Halloween inspired treats? This time we are going with a chocolate cupcake recipe.

What exactly does that mean? It means chocolate + chocolate + a little more chocolate stuffed into a tiny little cupcake. And if that isn’t enough I topped them with a cookie. I thought that was such a super fun and creative way to use some of those tall rounded cookies, but then realized they are already out there… everywhere. But can’t blame this girl for tryin’. Seems like everything is out there now a days.

Death by Chocolate Cupcake

Death By Chocolate Cupcake


  • 1/4 C. butter, softened
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2 oz. chocolate, melted (I used a Hershey's bar that I picked up from Dollar General)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C. full-fat sour cream
  • 1 C. flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 C. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C. room temperature water or room temperature coffee


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line one muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together your flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa until it’s smooth and no lumps remain. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the melted chocolate, eggs, oil, vanilla, and sour cream. Once that is fully combined you can add in your dry ingredients followed by the water (or coffee). Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  4. Fill your liners 2/3 full and bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

This chocolate cupcake recipe was only slightly adapted from Cupcake Project. That girl has skills.

Death by Chocolate Cupcake tombstones

If you decide to use coffee, make sure you brew it strong. It brings out a lot of the chocolate flavor and you will be surprised how none of the brewed taste sticks around. Think of it like a chocolate flavor enhancer.

Now, I filled my cupcakes with a basic chocolate ganache that I’m Topsy Turvy taught me to make. You can find that recipe here. The frosting was just a mixed up concoction of butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. I’m sure any of your favorite recipes will work nicely here.

Death by Chocolate Cupcake tombstones recipe

While I was picking up Halloween supplies at Dollar General I happened to stumble into their Halloween section. Oh my fun! Guys, how did I not know about all of the supplies they have there?? I ended up grabbing some fun black webbing and giant tombstones to spruce up the place. Or spruce down? Our home is starting to look a little dark and scary.

But for real, Dollar General has a bunch of spooktacular recipes available on their easy meals section. Perfect for any other last second parties you might be planning. Make sure you follow on Dollar General on Facebook and Dollar General on Twitter to keep track of all of their fun creations!

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Comments (11)

  • Ashlee Reply

    October 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    adorable as always! Thanks for the link back, I love the idea of filling the cupcake with ganache, truffle filled cupcake!!! Mmmmm

  • Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) Reply

    October 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Death by chocolate is by far the best way to go. These are awfully cute!

  • Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    You can never have too much chocolate! Pinned!

  • Jill @ BeingSpiffy Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    So are any of these delectable cupcakes going to be at your house on Tuesday? 😉

  • Debra Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

    These are completely adorable! Yum!

  • Kami Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    How on earth did you make these SO adorable?!?! I love these. I can’t wait to try them out for our Halloween party.

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    How can you go wrong with a name like “death by chocolate”?? PINNING!

  • summerscraps Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I love all of your Halloween treats!! This looks so cute and yummy!

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  • Amy Reply

    September 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Love it! They look so yummy! I did something similar a few years ago and it was a big hit.

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