I love chocolate. Chocolate cake. Chocolate candy. Chocolate donuts. Chocolate cupcakes. Oh…but a chocolate cupcake! Cupcakes are basically a “cute” cake that incorporate portion control, right? Cupcakes are the perfect cake.

It’s our anniversary today…and please note that the hubs doesn’t have a sweet tooth (like at all – like it fell out or something…I don’t know, it’s just not there). I, on the other hand, have a sweet tooth for the both of us. I usually try not to bake very much unless I have a good reason, because I’m the only one in the house who ends up eating any of the baked goodness (and if I eat a muffin today – you’ll see it on my left thigh tomorrow). But, today I have a good reason – it’s our ANNIVERSARY! 8 years of wedded bliss requires some shuga. Chocolate has been on my mind lately, so chocolate cupcakes are on the menu tonight (along with some of our other all time favorites). 

This recipe is very simple. And very semi-homemade. I can’t say it’s healthy. But it’s a cupcake. So indulge! Enjoy one. And make your friends, family and co-workers happy by sharing the goodness of this super simple – and (semi) homemade recipe. This recipe makes about 15 cupcakes.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vinegar


Combine all the dry ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon. (No mixer necessary! Told ya it was easy.)


Add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix until the lumps are gone.


Prep your muffin pan. Little hands are best for this job.


Fill your cupcakes up with batter and put those babies in the oven.


Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes . Pull them out and let them cool.


Now here’s where the SEMI in semi homemade comes in…


If you want to be an over achiever then by all means whip up a homemade frosting – but ain’t nobody always got time for that. I, for one, am completely content with my semi  homemade version by incorporating the lovely Duncan Hines Classic Chocolate Frosting.


I’m going for the classic/rustic frosting finish here – nothing fancy for us. And anniversary treats for my handsome hubby and our little family of 3 are done.

*If you decide to do a homemade frosting – a peanut butter frosting would be fabulous on these.


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