Devil’s Food Cupcake with Buttercream Pink Frosting

by Amy Stafford on October 4, 2012

A friend of mine just gave birth to a beautiful little girl.  The beautiful bundle was her fourth child and to give her a break I made my Lasagna and took it over for her and her family for dinner.  I also made   these little devil’s for dessert.  I loved topping the decadent, moist cakes with this feminine pink frosting in honor of the new beauty.  I mean what girl wouldn’t love pink icing, big sister Gigi loved it, while I was getting a chance to hold the sweet baby, I watched as Gigi efficiently licked all the icing off the cupcake, with surprising speed I must say!  You gotta love a 3 year old.  She wasn’t interested in the cake only eating the fluffy pink frosting. :)



I used an Ateco piping tube #829 to pipe frosting.  Drop Sugar sprinkles over frosting to decorate.

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Devil's Food Cupcake with Buttercream Pink Frosting
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Serves: 12

Ingredients for Cupcakes:
  • ¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2¼ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature

Ingredients for Frosting:
  • 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted (sifting will prevent lumps)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Colored Sugar sprinkles (optional)

Directions for Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl.
  5. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  6. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.
  7. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three- quarters full.
  8. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 15 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

Directions for Frosting:
  1. Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes.
  3. (After every 2 additions, increase speed to high, and beat for 10 seconds, then reduce speed to medium-high).
  4. Add vanilla, and beat until butter-cream is smooth. Add pink food coloring, or red for darker pink.
  5. I used an Ateco piping tube #829 to pipe frosting. Drop Sugar sprinkles over frosting to decorate.
If you are not using frosting immediately, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (Bring to room temperature when ready to use and beat on low speed until smooth before using.)


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Wow, these are absolutely stunning! I’m throwing an engagement dinner on Sat and I think I’ll have to add these to the menu!


amy October 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Wow Good luck with the party. Let me know if you use them and how it goes!!


Anna October 5, 2012 at 5:36 am

Perfect frosting, perfect cupcakes!


amy October 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thanks Anna, They were delicious! I was glad I gifted most of them. ;)


Peter @Feed Your Soul October 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

These cupcakes were the perfect ending to my Friday Five over @ Feed Your Soul. Picked something for every kid in my family and this was the dessert for my youngest. You can see the post at


amy October 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Wow, thanks Peter for choosing my cupcakes for your son. I actually have a son who was a swimmer and he could put away the treats as well!


Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today October 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I think it’s called devil’s cupcakes because it’s impossible to resist it ;)


amy October 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I hear ya. I am so glad I gifted these out of my house, or I would of gobbled them all up!


Jenny October 6, 2012 at 12:42 am

The icing is such a striking colour! I may be a little older than 3, but I might take a similar approach to your friend’s daughter!


amy October 6, 2012 at 12:58 am

Oh trust me Jenny, me too. I had to do many taste tests on this one!! ;)


inessa October 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

Yummy! looks delicious!


amy October 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Inessa!


Anne October 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

These are adorable! I “LIKE”! Too bad I can’t do that anymore now that you migrated over to :(


amy October 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

I know Anne, I miss the “Like” button!! Wordpress doesn’t make the transition easy. But, I’m thrilled you commented! :)yay


amy October 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I entered. Great idea and wonderful cause! Thanks for stopping by. Love your site, beautiful!


Dana October 28, 2012 at 5:07 am

The thickness of the icing is beautiful! I love your silver servers. What a beautiful presentation!


amy October 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks Dana!


Mary March 30, 2013 at 3:37 am

The recipe is mouth watering but “I mean what girl wouldn’t love pink icing”, seriously? That’s not at all sexist or ignorant…


Amy Stafford March 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

Nope its not.


Heather August 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Hello, this recipe looks fantastic and just what I’m looking for to make my daughter’s 3rd birthday cupcakes! Can’t seem to find the number of cupcakes it makes, recipe says it serves 12 but it seems like it must go farther than that! Please enlighten, thanks so much!


Mishel March 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Easy and yummy :) love it!


Amy Stafford March 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Mishel!


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