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Yellow Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Yellow Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Is there anything more simple than yellow cake with chocolate frosting?  It makes me think of my childhood and having a big slice of cake after diner (if I cleaned my plate) with a big glass of milk.  I had two older brothers that were much older than I was and they always seemed giant in size to me and the amount of food they ate was monumental, especially the cake.  This is a simple and easy recipe that you can make with the whole family in mind.  Great for a celebration, cookout or birthday.

Yellow Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time38 minutes
Servings: 12



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, melted
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces about 1/2 cup Lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder sifted
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream of half and half to thin if needed.
  • chocolate srpinkles optional



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line muffin tin with cupcake liners and spray with baking spray.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl.
  • Whisk eggs, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl.
  • Add melted butter in thirds until blended.
  • Add yogurt and stir to combine.
  • Slowly add flour mix into egg mix and stir until combined. Do Not over mix, once its you no longer see any large lumps your done.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  • While they cool work on the frosting.


  • Place butter in mixer and beat on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Lower speed of mixer to low and add cocoa slowly, once blended slowly add confectioners sugar.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of cream and vanilla. Add more cream as needed.
  • Place frosting in piping bag and decorate cupcakes.
  • Top with sprinkles or jimmies.


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