Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This is a great old fashioned sour cream chocolate cake. I paired it with a simple chocolate buttercream frosting. I found this recipe on the back of the Swan’s Down flour box. I tried this cake once before, and under baked it. This time though, I baked it to perfection, and it is one of the best cakes I’ve had. The sweetness from the brown sugar and the melted chocolate is such a great contrast to the sour cream in the cake. I used Giradelli chocolate for the cake so it made it extra special. This is another cupcake I made for our charity bakesale. I made one other cupcake, Alton Brown’s chiffon cupcakes, but we didn’t quite care for them. They are less like moist cake (what we like in a cupcake) and more like a sponge cake. And yes this is the last cupcake recipe for quite a while! Believe me, we are all over the cupcakes at our house too.

This past weekend was very busy for us. I met one of the members of the Bahia Shriner’s at one of our local playgrounds. He was kind enough to supply us with tickets to the Bahia Shrine Circus at our local university, UCF. Our son got his first pony ride! He was so happy, that he had a fit and didn’t want to get off.

This was actually my first circus, and my husband’s second. We had as much fun as our son did. The only other time I had been exposed to a circus was watching the old traveling circus come through our town when I was a little girl. They were coming by the main road near our house, and a neighbor called us to ride down the road and watch them pass. They traveled by horse and buggy and foot. It was amazing to see. I never saw them perform, just watched them as they passed. It was like glimpsing into the past. The big elephants just walking down the road, the big cats in their cages, growling and angry. The brightly colored carriages. It was just amazing, I believe that was the last year they traveled, because we never saw them again. If anyone remembers that traveling old circus, I would love to here more information.

At the Shriner’s circus, we enjoyed the most expensive soda and kettle corn as we watched the flying acrobats and amazing animals preform. There were actually only a few animals, the elephant, a very sedated giant snake, the ponies and some silly circus dogs. Julien fell asleep at the beginning of the second to last act, the beautiful old elephant.

Isn’t she pretty? Don’t ask me how I got that shot, it was pure luck. I was using my telephoto lens and very high ISO. They also had elephant rides, but Julien just wanted the ponies. Maybe next year he can ride her around the ring.

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Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcake Recipe

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For the cupcakes:
3 oz good quality unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk or cream


For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and sugar in your stand mixer. Mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Mix until light and fluffy.

Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Melt chocolate in a separate bowl. Add melted chocolate to stand mixer. Add flour mixture and sour cream to stand mixer, alternating. Add vanilla. Mix well. Add boiling water and mix until incorporated. Batter will be very runny.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cupcakes pass the toothpick test.

For the Frosting:
Combine shortening, butter and sugar in your stand mixer. Cream until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and milk or cream. Whip until light and fluffy.

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  21 Responses to “Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Heather โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    These look super yummy! I love the photo’s from the circus too. Wow! The elephant photo is great!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Banana Chocolate Bundt Cake =-.

  2. Tickled Red โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    What a fantastic time with your guys ๐Ÿ™‚ and de-lish cupcakes I love making older recipes. I can’t wait to try them with the monkeys.

  3. Emily @Cleanliness โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    Love the photos! The cupcakes are magnificent!
    .-= Emily @Cleanliness´s last blog ..Steamed Broccoli =-.

  4. pegasuslegend โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Gorgeous shot, your cupcakes keep getting better and better…little boy is adorable….so much fun at that age!

  5. Angie's Recipes โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Pretty cupcake! And I love the old-fashion!
    .-= Angie’s Recipes´s last blog ..Angel Food Cake With Lemon Icing =-.

  6. Kalynskitchen โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    What a beautiful photo of the cupcakes!
    .-= Kalynskitchen´s last blog ..Recipe for Low-Sugar Double Blueberry Yogurt Parfait =-.

  7. 5 Star Foodie โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    These look superb! I’m loving all of your cupcakes as I am getting ready to bake some for my daughter’s birthday and she wants different kinds ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Basque-Style Grilled Cheese with Etorki, Piquillo Peppers, and Chorizo =-.

  8. Amrita โ€” April 27, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    I recently used soure cream in a chocolate cake and I’ve become a fan of the dan thing since!! Your cupcakes, especially that frosting looks so yummy!

  9. Sarah โ€” April 28, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    The circus looks like it was fun. I can’t believe you did so many cupcakes back to back like that! You’ve got to be totally burnt out. The hummingbird cupcakes look so good. Those are definitely on my “bake this weekend” list.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Breastfeeding =-.

  10. Joanne โ€” April 28, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    It’s rare to see a brown sugar chocolate cupcake but I love the idea of it! It must give them such a great molasses-y flavor!

    I’m so glad your first circus experience was fun. My family used to go about once a year when I was little…always a good time.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Roasted Plantain and Peanut Butter Sandwich on (Butter)Milk and Agave Bread =-.

  11. Drick โ€” April 28, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    great photos – this sounds like a really super cupcake – thanks for sharring
    .-= Drick´s last blog ..Grilled Shrimp & Gingered Pineapple =-.

  12. ThatsSoYummy โ€” April 28, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    Angie, be still my heart… I told you these were delicious… I ate 2 in 5 minutes! My all time favorite!!!!

    .-= ThatsSoYummy´s last blog ..Whole Wheat Lasagna Roll-ups =-.

  13. Kate โ€” April 29, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    Very nice post. I really enjoy reading learning new family and cooking ideas as caring for my family is at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Kathleen โ€” April 29, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    Wow this yummy! The combination of flavors are superb. This one is definitely a keeper. You can bet I’ll be preparing it real soon.

  15. Kathleen โ€” April 29, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    Wow this yummy! The combination of flavors are wonderful. This one is definitely a keeper. You can bet I’ll be preparing it real soon.

  16. Flora Bassler โ€” February 17, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Pretty cupcake! And I love the old-fashion!

  17. Sebastian Henning โ€” February 25, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    The sour cream cupcakes looks so good i crave for it right now thank you for sharing the recipe.

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