Devils Food Cupcakes*

I have spent all of two weekends with Erin (of Erin’s Food Files) in my whole life, but I can honestly tell you she is one of my soul sisters. Or better yet, my Sister from another Mister. Through emails, twitter, blogging and facebook, Erin and I became friends before we actually ever met face to face. Our first face to face meeting was in Atlanta when we shared a hotel room with the lovely Lindsay (of Love and Olive Oil).

Meeting people that you click with online in person can be awkward. Usually it takes a little while to warm up to each other, but with Erin it was really like seeing an old friend. So when she texted me (while I was in Puerto Rico on vacation) that she was pregnant, I was ecstatic! I immediately had a huge smile plastered on my face and it was only partially due to the piña colada in my hand. Erin and her fun loving husband Nathan are the cutest couple and are surely going to make an adorable baby.

Since we all live so far apart, a few of us have gotten together and are celebrating Erin and Nathan’s soon to be little bundle of joy baby toes (that’s not creepy right?? …I can’t help it, I love baby toes). And while we may not be close enough to celebrate with a traditional shower, we can celebrate through food!

Here are the other glorious recipes:

Lemon Poppyseed Truffles by Jaclyn of Food Plus Words

Strawberry Whole Grain Donuts by Amy of Fearless Homemaker

Pimento Cheese Burgers by Jen of Beantown Baker

Fig Cake with Buttermilk Glaze by Kelsey of Apple A Day

And because I know not to show up at a party without some Chocolate for a pregnant lady, I made Devil’s Food Cupcakes. 😉 With their wonderfully dense texture and perfectly domed tops, these rich chocolate cupcakes would be welcomed at any baby shower.

This recipe makes exactly 6 cupcakes…which in my mind means 2 for Mama, 2 for Baby & 2 for Dad! Congratulations again to the parents to be, Erin and Nathan! I cannot wait to baby stalk all your pictures on instagram in a few short weeks!

P.S. Make sure and check out Erin’s post about her almost as great real life shower. 😀


Devil's Food Cupcakes

Yield: 6 Cupcakes


  •  1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup double dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons double dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk, as needed



for the cupcakes:


Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, sour cream, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.

Fold together the dry and wet ingredients. Mixing until there are no large lumps.

Spoon batter into prepared tin, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a only a few crumbs clinging to it. Do not over bake!

Remove from pan immediately and cool on a wire rack. Then frost!


for the frosting:


In a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. On low, mix in the vanilla extract.

Carefully beat in the cocoa powder, followed by the powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time. If the buttercream is too thick add 1 teaspoon of cold milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Then pipe onto cooled cupcakes with your favorite frosting tip.

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31 Responses to “Devils Food Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    The Nifty Foodie » Blog Archive » Red Velvet Swirl Brownies — May 9, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    […] see what other bloggers are contributing to Erin’s virtual baby shower, check out this post! Red Velvet Swirl Brownies Source: Sunny Anderson (Food […]

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    Katrina — May 9, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I LOVE this idea!! These cupcakes sound so awesome!

  3. 3

    Kathryn — May 9, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    it’s definitely not a party unless there’s chocolate involved! What a cute idea for Erin and what an amazing round up!

  4. 4

    Blog is the New Black — May 9, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Lotsa deliciousness for this shower!

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    Jen @ — May 9, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Everything looks delicious! Thanks for hosting the baby shower :)

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 9, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Man, everything looks awesome (and this has me craving burgers and cupcakes at 8am lol)! Thanks for being a great hostess!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 9, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    awww so cute and what a great virtual shower!! :)

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 9, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    ooh, your cupcakes look delicious, as do everyone else’s recipes. thanks for organizing the virtual shower! =)

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 9, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I want one of everything!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 9, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m drooling over each and every one of these! I can’t wait to fully read each post!

    And I LOVE recipes that yield small batches! I just might have to whip these up!


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    Katie — May 9, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    How very exciting & nice of you to plan a virtual baby shower for Erin! I love that your cupcake recipe makes exactly 6 cupcakes not 2 million. lol.

  12. 12

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 9, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    What a spread! These virtual showers are so tempting.

  13. 13

    Paula — May 9, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Everyone’s recipes look so appetizing and delicious. Erin looks absolutely beautiful and that is such a wonderful picture of her with that gorgeous backdrop!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 9, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    I love the virtual shower idea. I wish the recipes were in my hand, and not virtual :)

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    Kelsey — May 9, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Thank you so much for hosting this, Jess. What a great roundup!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — May 9, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    what a gorgeous picture of Erin!!! Love her, love you, so it’s no surprise to find you’re “sisters” 😉

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    Julia — May 9, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Erin is so dang darling! And what an amazing food round up, no really, all the food here is like the ultimate pregnant ladies DREAM! Or a non-pregnant ladies dream, I’m flippin’ starving now!!!!

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    Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 9, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    What a cute idea! I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends in person, you are lucky to have met such cool people through this blog!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    I love that these are so easy, Jessica! They look fantastic. What a great contribution to the baby shower, too. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe!

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    Joanne — May 9, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    MAJOR congrats to Erin! All of this food looks amazing and totally foodie-baby-shower worthy! Loving those cupcakes…I’m all about the chocolate even if I’m very much NOT pregnant!

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    Michelle — May 9, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    YAY!!! :) This shower is simply delicious Congrats to Erin & Nathan.. ps baby toes are totally cute.

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — May 9, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    I’m not sure as a pregnant woman 6 would have gone very far! I wold have been good, but I’m not sure what anybody would have eaten. These would be a triple batch in my house fo’ sho’!

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    Paula @Vintage Kitchen Notes — May 10, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    You put together a great post and a sweet shower! Congrats and all the best to Erin

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    Mai Nguyen — May 10, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    I’ve been looking for a Devils Food Cupcake recipe and I can’t wait to try this!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 11, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Those cupcakes are perfect for a shower – so cute and pretty! Love everything that people make for the shower!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 13, 2012 @ 2:34 am

    You guys are just too sweet! And your cupcakes are absolutely perfect for such an occasion.

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    Pete Nott — May 14, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    Those truffles look intriguing.
    I am not a massive fan of normal truffles as I find them a bit rich and dark, but lemon and poppyseed could definitely work!

    The brownies look ridiculously good, might have to try the recipe though i do have my standard perfect brownie recipe, will have to make a comparison test! 😉

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    Lauren — May 14, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Such a cute idea! I love those cupcakes! XOXO

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    Aliyah — August 15, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    Just made the devils food cupcakes & they are DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Metka — November 27, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    …Devils Food Cupcakes are amazing! I made a little substitution – instead of sour cream, I used cream cheese (Philadelphia) and I must say they were amazing! So glad that I found your recipe! =) And I like your blog!

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