Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes are the perfect easy homemade chocolate cupcakes for when you just NEED a cupcake but not an entire batch! Makes just 6 cupcakes! #smallbatchcupcakes #homemadechocolatecupcakes

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: small batch chocolate cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Calories: 318 kcal
Made using a few baking hacks, these Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes are the perfect easy chocolate cupcakes for when you just NEED a cupcake but not an entire batch!


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting*


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners.
  2. Heat milk in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Add chopped butter and stir. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes so the butter further softens.

  3. While milk and butter rests, sift together cocoa flour, baking powder and fine sea salt.Set aside.
  4. Add sugar, vanilla and a lightly beaten egg to the milk mixture. Stir well, mixture will be lumpy.
  5. Add dry ingredients and blend until you no longer see streaks of butter, about 50-ish strokes.
  6. Equally divide cupcake batter into 6 muffin liners, filling about 3/4 of the way.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test. Remove and allow to cool fully.
  8. When cool, frost and decorate as desired.
  9. If you've tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Land o Lakes. Chocolate frosting below is suggested by Land O Lakes. *For frosting, blend together 4 tablespoons butter, softened with 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa. After well blended, add 1/2 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, melted and 2 tablespoons cream or whole milk until a spreadable consistency.

Nutrition Facts
Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.