Chocolate Sunflower Cupcakes

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These delicious chocolate sunflower cupcakes are made with rich, moist chocolate cake and frosted with equally rich, yellow and brown frosting to look like sunflowers.

Closeup shot of chocolate sunflower cupcake

These delicious cupcakes are so chocolaty and so much fun! They’re the perfect way to ring in the warmer months after a long winter.

Chocolate Sunflower Cupcakes

After a long winter, I’m always ready to embrace spring and summer. One of the ways I do that is with these delicious cupcakes. They’re a sweet way to ring in the warmer weather that we all enjoy so much.

Closeup shot of chocolate sunflower cupcake

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe.

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk
  • powdered sugar
  • yellow, orange, and brown food coloring 
Overhead shot of ingredients in individual bowls

Instructions

Short sentence like “you only need 6 steps to complete this recipe.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, beat 10 tablespoons and sugar together until creamy.

Step 3: Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat again.

Overhead shot of eggs and creamed sugar and butter in bowl

Step 4: Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup milk. Beat just until batter is uniform.

Milk being poured into batter

Step 5: Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

Closeup overhead shot of scoopful of chocolate cupcake batter

Step 6: Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Overhead shot of chocolate cupcakes in cupcake tin

Step 7: While cupcakes are baking, prepare frosting.

Step 8: Beat powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, and remaining milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting forms the desired consistency.

Milk being poured into bowl with butter and powdered sugar

Step 9: Separate frosting, coloring 1/4 of it with brown food coloring and 3/4 of it with yellow and orange food coloring until you reach the desired color.

Yellow frosting in glass bowl

Step 10: When cupcakes are baked and cooled, transfer frosting to two separate zip-loc bags.

Step 11: Depending on your decorating skills, you may choose to use tips to apply the frosting. Another option is to simply pipe the frosting on by cutting a corner of the bag off and then use a toothpick to create a sunflower look. 

 Chocolate cupcake being frosted with brown frosting in the center
Overhead shot of brown and yellow frosted cupcake
Overhead shot of toothpick being used to texture the frosting on chocolate sunflower cupcake

Equipment

You’ll only need a few simple pieces of equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Cupcake tin
  • Toothpick
  • Piping bag

Substitutions

Half and Half: If you don’t have milk, half and half will work.

Shortening: You can use shortening in place of butter at a one-to-one ratio.

 Closeup shot of chocolate sunflower cupcake

Options

Looking for ways to change up these chocolate sunflower cupcakes? Here are some suggestions.

Coffee: Add some instant coffee for even more intense chocolate flavor.

Cayenne: Add a small dash of cayenne pepper – not too much – to accentuate the chocolate flavor.

Tips:

  • Be sure your butter is completely softened to get the proper consistency.
  • Really whip that frosting to get a nice, creamy consistency.
  • Don’t overmix your batter to keep your cupcakes tender.
 Closeup shot of chocolate sunflower cupcake with bite taken out.

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FAQ

How long are these good?

Store these in the refrigerator in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze these cupcakes?

Yes. Chill them, then wrap them in cling wrap and place them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to a month.

How do you defrost these cupcakes?

Place them in the refrigerator overnight.

Chocolate Sunflower Cupcakes

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Yield: 18

Homemade Chocolate Sunflower Cupcakes

Homemade Chocolate Sunflower Cupcakes

These delicious chocolate sunflower cupcakes are made with rich chocolate cake and frosted to look like sunflowers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 13 tablespoons butter, softened and divided 

  • 1 1⁄4 cups white sugar

  • 4 eggs
  • 
2 tsp teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 
3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 
1 cup milk, divided

  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • yellow, orange, and brown food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat 10 tablespoons and sugar together until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat again.
  4. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup milk.
  5. Beat just until batter is uniform.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. While cupcakes are baking, prepare frosting.
  9. Beat powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, and remaining milk, tablespoon at a time, until frosting forms the desired consistency.
  10. Separate frosting, coloring 1/4 of it with brown food coloring and 3/4 of it with yellow and orange food coloring until you reach the desired color.
  11. When cupcakes are baked and cooled, transfer frosting to two separate zip-loc bags.
  12. Depending on your decorating skills, you may choose to use tips to apply the frosting. Another option is to simply pipe the frosting on by cutting a corner of the bag off and then use a toothpick to create a sunflower look. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 278Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 64mgSodium 172mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 1gSugar 33gProtein 4g

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