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Best Homemade Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes and Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe, enough to make a triple layer cake ,four dozen medium cupcakes, or 6 dozen mini cupcakes with rich dark chocolate fudge frosting.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour order here
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder half dark unsweetened, half regular unsweetened cocoa powder SEE NOTES
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces butter 3 sticks
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla order here
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa order here
  • 1/2 cup regular unsweetened cocoa order here
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces butter 2 sticks
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese


  • Sift together cocoa, flour, baking soda, salt into a bowl.
  • Put flour mixture all the rest of the ingredients in mixer and mix for 3 minutes.
  • Pour into cupcake pans or three cake pans.
  • Bake at 350. Cupcakes take between 15-20 minutes. Mini bundt cakes take 20-25 minutes. One large cake takes between 50-55 minutes. Layer cakes take anywhere from 35-50 minutes.
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Do not UNDER bake. Do a touch test. The cake should spring back to be done.
  • Mix together butter and cream cheese.
  • Mix confectioner's sugar with the cocoa powder.
  • Add salt and confectioner's sugar and mix well.
  • Pour in heavy cream which will begin to thin the frosting. Once the frosting is at the consistency you like, add in vanilla and mix until done. You can make the frosting a day ahead, cover with plastic and once ready to frost cakes, take out for 30 minutes.


You will need a total of 1 1/3 cups cocoa for the cake batter. I use half of Hershey's dark cocoa and half regular cocoa. You can use all of one type of unsweetened cocoa powder. It can be another brand. I also like Ghiradelli
This makes a lot of cake. I got 48 tiny mini cupcakes and 24 small cupcakes (regular size) from one batch. You may want to use this recipe when you have a big party, or you may want to cut the recipe in half.