Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Very Best Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Filled Cupcake Option

 I'm not a big fan at all of cakes made from the box.  So whenever I make a chocolate sheet cake, I reach for my Grandma's Chocolate Buttermilk recipe.  It makes a cupcake/cake with which isn't airy and doesn't crumble and fall apart like the mixes seem to, and it's chocolatey-good to boot!

The Hostess Cupcake uses the Chocolate Buttermilk batter as a base and then adds a tasty cream cheese/chocolate chip filling, and is topped with rich chocolate buttercream frosting. It's a chocolate-lover's delight!  Next to the St. Patrick's Day Cupcake , they are some of the best cupcakes I've bitten into.


2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. cocoa
2 t. soda
1 c. oil
1/2 t. salt
1 c. boiling water

For the cake base, stir together dry ingredients.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together wet ingredients (except buttermilk and boiling water).  Add dry to wet and mix until combined.
In small increments, pour boiling water and buttermilk into the mixture, alternating and mixing between.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 32-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 


1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened, but not melted
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
dash of salt
6 oz. package chocolate chips

If making cupcakes, line muffin tins with cupcake papers and fill 2/3 full with batter.  Mix together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Add a scant spoonful of cream cheese filling on top of the batter and bake at 350 degrees for around 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


1/2 c. butter
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 heaping spoonfuls natural, unsweetened baking cocoa (I love Hershey's)
Add just a little milk at a time and mix until it is a creamy consistency, perfect for frosting!


I linked this recipe up at Home Stories A to Z
These were featured over at Polkadot Pretties! and Great Tastes Tuesdays!


  1. Definitely pinning this recipe to try. I love using buttermilk in my baking.

  2. These look delicious! :-) I love adding buttermilk to the batter to make them more liquid and the results are always delicious! this one must be amazing, I need to give these a try! :-)

  3. Omg. These look absolutely INCREDIBLE! I can't wait to make my own! So glad I found your site! Definitely following and can't wait to keep following!

    Hope we can keep in touch! I'll let you know how my cupcakes come out! ;-)

    xoxo Sam
    DIY Huntress

  4. These look amazing. Can't wait to try!!

  5. I love the filling. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
    We're having a party tomorrow - What'd You Do This Weekend? and I'd love it if your would bring these over.
    It goes live at midnight.

    Have a great week,

  6. Yum! love that cupcake!
    deanna from

  7. These look amazing. Will definitely have to try them.

  8. Yes please!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  9. oh wow..I am going to have to make cupcakes soon! They look amazing!

  10. Oh my! I can't wait to make these! My son's 4th birthday is Thursday so maybe I will make them for him! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Julia @

  11. Oh my gosh these look soo good! You can see how moist they are in the picture! I have been looking for the perfect chocolate cake, and I think I found it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe:) Yum!!

  12. Oh WOW, can I have one? These looks super awesome! Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

  13. Oh yum! Buttermilk in baked goods makes such a wonderful product. You just can't get the same result without it. Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I would love to invite you to link it up on Thursday @ Great Idea Thursday's :) Krista

  14. I'm always looking for a good chocolate cake recipe. I'll definitely be trying this.

    I'd like to invite you to my link party, Manic Monday. It runs Sunday through Thursday. I hope to see you there!

    Renea -

  15. These look and sound great! I am definitely going to make these - they are chocolate after all, nothing more to say.I pinned this.
    Coming over from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am your newest GFC follower.
    Hope you stop by my blog.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  16. Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  17. Pinning this so I can try it out later! Thanks for sharing, visitint from Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

  18. Those look AMAZING!!!! YUM!

  19. These look soooo good! Pinned and can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

  20. Hey there! Here from the Blog Hop! Just wanted to let you know I'm following you via GFC! I also liked your facebook page! Hope you'll get a chance to visit me :o) You can find me here:

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  21. These look great! And the pictures are so clean and vibrant...great job with that! love your blog! i should've started one for just Pinterest too! :) newest follower here!

  22. Thank you for linking up @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party last weekend ..

    Your awesome project is featured this week!

    I would love for you to come and join us again this weekend ( this weeks party is now live )

    Claire @ Polkadot pretties

  23. YUM!! These must be fab... Thanks for coming to (link) party with me... Come and share again today at Super Saturday :) Have a wonderful day. xoxo~ Ruthie

  24. These look DELISH!!

    Tammy @

  25. Scrumptious...I am drooling and pinning:)

  26. These look fabulous, I am pinning this, and can't wait to try it! Thanks for showing it off! This week you were chosen as my blog of the week, this means I put your button in my sidebar, and I invite you to come guest post next week, or when it is convenient for you. Email me for more info!


  27. These luscious cupcakes are being featured this week (July 19) in our series Cupcakes on Parade!



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