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Dark Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

It just isn’t Valentine’s Day without a decadent dessert, right? These dark chocolate Valentine cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing are just what you need for happy kids or a romantic dinner for you and your hubby.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing - a decadent Valentine's Day dessert!

Chocolate cake is absolutely my favorite kind of cake. Just ask my husband… he usually bakes me a double or triple-layer chocolate cake every year for my birthday and tops it with loads of chocolate icing. It’s to die for. But there’s something to be said for a subtle vanilla icing, too. This combination of dark, rich chocolate cake with a lighter-tasting buttercream icing will have you and your family all smiles on Valentine’s Day.

Recipe for dark chocolate Valentine cupcakes:

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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Donella Crigger
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert


  • 3/4 c. Hershey's dark cocoa powder
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line cupcake pans with paper liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, butter and eggs until light and fluffy.
  • Add baking powder, salt and cocoa. Cream together until smooth.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour and stir until well combined. Add 1/2 of the milk and blend well.
  • Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour and the rest of the milk.
  • Add the remaining 1/3 of the flour and stir until combined.
  • Pour cupcake batter into greased and lined pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool in their pans for 10 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack for at least 30 minutes to complete cooling process.
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And here’s the recipe for that delicious vanilla buttercream icing. Can’t you just taste it?

2 sticks unsalted butter
3 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. cold milk

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter.
2. Add half of the sugar and mix well on medium speed with a mixer.
3. Add the rest of the sugar and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy.
4. TIP- to thin icing, add 1 T milk and to thicken icing, add 1 T powdered sugar.
5. Using a decorating tip and disposable bag or Ziploc bag, pipe the frosting onto each cupcake.

Garnish cupcakes with red hot candies in the shape of X’s, O’s and hearts. I used a few candy hearts to place in the middle of the hearts but this is optional. Enjoy!

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Want to make a super impressive Valentine’s dessert to wow your sweetheart? Try my friend Michelle’s Dark Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Buttercream. Doesn’t it look decadent? Serve these cupcakes with a romantic Valentine’s Day cocktail or mocktail.

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