Small batch chocolate cupcakes recipe that makes 4 cupcakes. The small batch of buttercream frosting is perfect for baking with kids, and a fun way to bake without leftovers!
Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes for Two
If there’s anything I’ve learned about having a daughter, it’s that they always think cupcakes are a good idea. They love to bake them, they love to frost them, and if you shake the sprinkle jar, they come running to the kitchen.
I knew before I became a mom that I would cook and bake with my kids tons. But what I didn’t know was how handy small batch recipes would be when it comes to cooking with kids!
I started my site here, Dessert for Two, before I was even married. In the beginning, when I was single, I loved having a small batch of my favorite desserts, especially my vanilla mini cake recipe. Also, a small batch of chocolate chip cookies is so handy!
Then, as I got married, the recipes were great for romantic date night desserts for two. We found that birthday cake cupcakes are such a fun way to celebrate at home. We still use my 15 minute puff pastry recipe for so many things, too! And since we’re both Czech, my kolaches have been made so much, too!
And now, whenever I bake with the kids, it’s so nice to only make a few cupcakes or a few cookies. Kids lose interest after scooping the first few things anyway. Plus, our small household doesn’t really need 4 dozen cookies or cupcakes sitting on our kitchen counter!
My daughter would like me to add that a recipe for a small batch chocolate cupcake means that there are no leftovers, allowing us to make a new recipe tomorrow.
First, let’s talk about the ingredients and cover any substitutions you can try. Speaking of substitutions, don't miss my Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes!
Chocolate cupcake ingredients:
-all purpose flour
-unsweetened cocoa powder
-instant espresso powder (optional, make it taste richer, but can omit)
-sour cream (you can use yogurt but sour cream has 20% fat and is better for baking)
-oil (anything flavorless, like canola oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil)
-brown sugar (light or dark is fine; I prefer dark because the cupcakes are darker)
How to make cupcakes:
This small batch chocolate cupcake recipe comes together in just two small bowls. We place the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and instant espresso powder) in one bowl, and the wet ingredients (sour cream, oil, vanilla and brown sugar) in the other bowl. Whisk both bowl very well before combining the two.
P.S. Here is the cupcake pan I'm using with 6 cups.
Small batch buttercream frosting:
When Camille was very young, she was perfectly content to spread the small batch chocolate buttercream recipe on with a butter knife. But now that she’s older and she’s seen beautiful bakery style cupcakes piled high with decorate frosting, she wants to try to recreate it. And honestly, if you don’t try, you’ll never master a skill, so I let her attempt it.
I pile the frosting in a regular plastic bag that I place a frosting tip in the bottom. The piping tip is optional—you can cut the corner out of the bag instead, if you don’t have one.
The cupcakes bake for just 15-17 minutes. It’s important to let them cool completely before frosting, or else the frosting will melt, which makes kids very sad, hah!
And finally, the more sprinkles, the better, am I right or am I right?
I hope you enjoy these small batch chocolate cupcakes with your kids, or for celebrating a small party at home! They’re great for date nights, or for placing on a coworker’s desk or friend’s porch for their birthday.
If you need a larger batch of this chocolate buttercream frosting, I have that, too.
You can make mini bite-size cupcakes in a mini muffin pan. You will get 10 mini cupcakes that bake in 8-11 minutes. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the chocolate buttercream:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g
You can make mini bite-size cupcakes in a mini muffin pan. You will get 10 mini cupcakes that bake in 8-11 minutes.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.