Chocolate Party Cupcakes with Vanilla Swirl Frosting

Embrace the joy of any celebration with Chocolate Party Cupcakes topped with a light and fluffy Vanilla Swirl Frosting. These decadent treats are the perfect blend of rich, dark chocolate and creamy vanilla, making them a surefire hit for any event, from birthday parties to special gatherings. Delight your guests with these visually appealing and deliciously satisfying cupcakes.


For the Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) dark Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) hot coffee
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (375 grams) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Food coloring (optional for tinting)


  1. Cupcake Preparation:
    • Preheat your oven to 360° F (182° C) and line a cupcake pan with festive liners.
    • Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, hot coffee, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and egg until well combined.
    • Gradually combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, mixing until the batter is smooth. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners.
    • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Frosting Preparation:
    • In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, followed by the milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Continue beating until the frosting is creamy and smooth. If desired, tint the frosting with food coloring to add a vibrant touch.
  3. Decorating:
    • Fit a large pastry bag with a star tip and fill it with the vanilla swirl frosting. Pipe a generous swirl of frosting onto each cooled cupcake. If desired, top each cupcake with sprinkles or other edible decorations to enhance their festive look.


  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality cocoa powder to ensure a deep, rich chocolate flavor that contrasts beautifully with the light vanilla frosting.
  • Smooth Batter and Frosting: Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to achieve the smoothest batter and frosting consistency.
  • Colorful Presentation: For special occasions, consider tinting the frosting with pastel colors or vibrant shades to match the theme of your event.


Chocolate Party Cupcakes with Vanilla Swirl Frosting are not just a treat to the palate but also a feast for the eyes. These cupcakes are perfect for adding a touch of elegance and festivity to any celebration. With their rich chocolate base and creamy vanilla frosting, they offer a delightful taste experience that’s sure to bring joy and satisfaction to all your guests. Enjoy baking and serving these fabulous cupcakes at your next party, and watch them become the highlight of your dessert table!

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