Devil's Food Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Recipe type: Desserts
This is the best chocolate cake recipe I have ever tried and believe me, over the past 20+ years, I've tried them all. The dark chocolate cake has a texture that is smooth and rich. The flavor is not overly sweet, because of the intensity of the coffee (you don't actually taste the coffee, it just cuts the sweet) and the rum (the Devil in "Devil's Food cupcakes" perhaps?), which make it a great match for cream cheese frosting sweetened with Lyle's Golden Syrup.
  • Devil's Food Cupcakes:
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, sift if lumpy
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cups buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup hot coffee*
  • ¼ cup rum or brandy (if you opt out of the booze then use equal parts coffee)*
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of Philly's Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lyle's Golden Syrup or honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Devil's Food Cupcakes: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare 1 dozen large muffin tins with Paper Baking Cups (or two 9-inch rounds).
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and whisk until combined, set aside.
  3. Whisk together, eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until well combined. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the coffee and rum (if using) to the batter and whisk until totally blended and smooth, about 2 minutes. The batter will be quite runny.
  4. Fill a measuring cup or pitcher with the batter and then fill the muffin cups about ¾ full. (Warning: some people have reported back that their cupcakes overflow when they fill them this full. You may want to try the first batch ⅔ full!)
  5. Bake the devil's food cupcakes for about 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cake rack and then frost with cream cheese icing.
  6. Cream Cheese Icing: Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and cream together until smooth. I used a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip to decorate these devil's food cupcakes. You may want to double the icing recipe just in case you find yourself dipping into the bowl with a spoon!
Recipe by ZoëBakes | eat dessert first at