Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes

| August 28, 2017 | 14 Comments

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes Recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make these delicious Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes. We’re working with our friends at OXO to make these cupcakes. Just add the frosting of your choice and enjoy. Printable recipe included.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, slider.
Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes recipe.

I’ve been blessed numerous times here on Taste of Southern to work with the fine folks at OXO, makers of all kinds of great kitchen tools and various other housewares. And, I’m pleased to be working with them again on this one.

This is actually Part One of a two part recipe for making our Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes. Part two consists of the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe, and how I used the tools supplied by OXO to make and decorate these very tasty cupcakes.

Mama made lots of great cakes, but only once in awhile would she make cupcakes. They were always the basic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Still, they were delicious, and I enjoyed each and every one.

While I’ve always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes, I’ve just never devoted much time to the effort.

When OXO offered to send me a Non-Stick Pro 12 Cup Muffin Pan, a dozen of their Silicone Baking Cups, and their Bakers Decorating Tool, in exchange for me testing and reviewing them, how could I resist?

I was eager to get the chance to work with the Baker’s Decorating Tool the most. You’ll just have to check out my recipe for the Vanilla Buttercream frosting to see how I did.

At first, I was just going to do the Buttercream recipe, but since I needed cupcakes, I decided to go ahead and do the complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making them as well. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

I used Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate, but regular cocoa can be used if that’s what you have.

I really liked the taste of these, and I can’t wait to add the Vanilla Buttercream frosting on top. Of course, you could use any flavor of frosting that you would prefer. Even chocolate.

Please leave me a Comment in the section at the bottom of this recipe should you decide to give them a try. It’s always great to know when you try one of our recipes. It will only take a minute or two.

So, if you’re ready to make some cupcakes, then let’s head to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, you'll need these ingredients.
Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes:  You’ll need these ingredients.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add sugar and butter to mixing bowl.
Place sugar and butter in a mixing bowl.

Butter needs to be at room temperature before you start.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, cream sugar and butter together.
Use your mixer to cream the sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add vanilla.
Add the vanilla extract.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the sour cream.
Add the sour cream.  Like the butter, the sour cream needs to be at room temperature before adding it.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, combine together until smooth.
Combine everything together with your mixer until smooth.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, crack eggs in a separate bowl.
I always suggest that you crack your eggs, one at a time, in a small bowl before you add them to your recipes. This way, if you have any pieces of shell fall in, you can remove them a lot easier. Sometimes, you might not see any broken shell if you added it directly into the batter.

I also like to break up the egg with a fork before adding it in.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add egg to mix.
Add the eggs, one at a time, to the batter mix. Use your mixer to blend this into the batter.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, mix both eggs in.
Mix the eggs into the batter until they are completely incorporated.

Why yes, I do have a light on my mixer. This is my OXO hand mixer that I love working with. It can do some heavy duty mixing when needed.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the water.
Add the water.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the oil.
Add the cooking oil.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, mix well and sit aside.
Mix everything together until it’s well combined. Set this aside for the moment.

The batter is very “soupy” at this point so don’t be worried by that.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the flour.
In another bowl, add the flour.

I like to add the flour to my sifter first. I’ll add all of the dry ingredients into the sifter, then sift them into the bowl. This old sifter belonged to my mom. It’s a family treasure for certain. Love it.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the cocoa.
Add the cocoa.

I’m using a Dark Cocoa. Regular cocoa would work just as well. Just using what I had on hand.

Of course, things got messy when I tried to dump the cocoa from the tin it was in into my measuring cup. Perhaps it would have been better to have spooned it into the measuring cup instead. Smile.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the salt.
Add the salt.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the baking powder.
Add the baking powder.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add the baking soda.
Add the baking soda.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, whisk together well.
I sifted all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl.

It wasn’t mixed together as well as I thought it needed to be, so I pulled out the wire whisk and whisked it together a bit more. You could also just add all the dry ingredients into the bowl and whisk them together well if you don’t have the sifter. You just want to fluff up the flour and mix everything together very well.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, add about one third of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Place about one third of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, scrape down the bowl as needed.
I used my hand mixer to mix the first amount of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Once I had it incorporated pretty good, I used a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, repeat the process until everything is mixed together.
Repeat the process, adding another third of the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix just until incorporated, then add the last third of the dry ingredients.

Do not over mix the batter at this point. As you add the dry ingredients in, just mix it on a lower speed until it is fairly well mixed into the wet batter.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, scrape down bowl, and fold everything together to finish.
Finally, use the spatula once again to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and fold everything together.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, spray the cups.
I’m using some of the OXO Silicone Baking Cups, but will also be using paper liners.

OXO suggests that the silicone cups be lightly sprayed in the bottom with cooking spray so the bottoms release easily.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, fill the cups with batter.
Fill all of the cups about two thirds full.

A large spoon, or a large ice cream scoop work well to fill the liner cups. Don’t over fill them and try to add the same amount to each cup.  I had just enough batter to make 12 cupcakes.

Notice the tabs on the OXO Silicone cups? They make it super easy to lift the baked cupcakes out of the baking pan when they’re done.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, baking time and temp.
Place the baking pan into a oven preheated to 350F degrees.

Bake the cupcakes for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan around so they bake more evenly. Check them after about 5 more minutes to see if they are done.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, bake until done.
Insert a wooden toothpick into the center of a couple of the cupcakes when they are about done.

Pull the toothpick out. If it pulls out clean, the cupcakes are done. If you pull it out and it has a few crumbs clinging to it, then let the cupcakes bake a few minutes longer. Mine took a total of about 20 minutes to bake. 

Ovens vary, so keep a close eye on them as they finish baking.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, cool in pan for five minutes.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven when done. Let them cool in the baking pan for 5 minutes.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, remove to a wire rack and let cool.
After five minutes, remove the cupcakes from the baking pan and place them on a wire rack.

Let the cupcakes cool completely before you try to add frosting.


Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, frost and enjoy.
Frost the cupcakes as desired.

Be sure to check out my Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe here on Taste of Southern for a great way to frost these Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes.

You have lots of choices in frosting flavors to enhance these cupcakes. Still, they’re mighty tasty just as they are. I hope you enjoy them and would love to hear your Comments in the section below if you decided to bake them.



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Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, as seen on Taste of

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make these delicious Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes. We’re working with our friends at OXO to make these cupcakes. Just add the frosting of your choice and enjoy.



  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add sugar.
  2. Add butter.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Add sour cream, mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time. Scraping down bowl after each egg is added.
  7. Beat until light and fluffy.
  8. Add water
  9. Add oil
  10. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  11. In another large mixing bowl, add the flour.
  12. Add cocoa.
  13. Add Salt.
  14. Add Baking Powder
  15. Add Baking Soda.
  16. Whisk all the dry ingredients together well.
  17. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, just until combined. Do not over mix.
  18. Fill each cupcake liner ¾ full.
  19. Bake for 10 minutes, and then rotate the pan.
  20. Bake for about 4 more minutes, and then test the cupcakes for doneness.
  21. Cakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake pulls out clean.
  22. Remove from oven. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  23. Remove cupcakes from pan, place on a wire rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
  24. Frost as desired.
  25. Enjoy.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with 12 liners.

All ingredients should be at room temperature prior to mixing.

Be sure to check out our recipe for Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, also on Taste of

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  1. Marilyn says:

    I thought your cupcakes look just fine and I like anything Chocolate, or my mom’s go to 7 minute frosting, it has a tangy taste.

  2. Jackie Coughlin says:

    I love French Butter Creme frosting. These cupcakes sound so good.

  3. Glenda Melvin says:

    I would love the Cool Whip frosting on these chocolate sour cream cupcakes. They are my favorites!

  4. Casey says:

    I had hip replacements surgery two weeks ago. But I’m getting around the house quite well. I made your chocolate cupcakes yesterday. I substituted drained whole milk yogurt for the sour cream, and brewed coffee for the water. But I was too tired to make frosting. The cupcakes were moist and delicious without it. Chocolate just what I need to heal quickly. Thanks!!!

  5. Gisele Schaeffer says:

    Chocolate icing. Always chocolate icing.

  6. Terry says:

    Definitely peanut butter. Always make extra for dipping -everything in!!

  7. steve bailey says:

    I like chocolate icing!

  8. TinaW says:

    My favorite frosting is cream cheese frosting

  9. Kathleen says:

    Any cupcake with ginger or other spices. Gingerbread,spice cake or carrot cake batter.And cream cheese icing.

  10. Robin R. says:

    I love to take chocolate chips and let them melt on warm cupcakes and then spread to use as icing.

  11. Mary says:

    I love chocolate cupcakes, and yours sound so good. I would use my favorite frosting from Crisco for Classic White Frosting. Pinned. Thanks.

  12. JoyceB says:

    Hello Steve! I will try these this weekend. Thanks.

  13. Susan S Barnes says:

    I love your newsletter. My favorite icing is butter cream!

  14. Lillian Rayner says:

    My favorite frosting for cupcakes is good old fashioned buttercream.

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