Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
These have the advantage of needing no milk, and are as easy as a cake mix.
- 1 2⁄3 cups flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 cup cocoa
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix at low speed until all ingredients are moistened.
- Scrape down bowl.
- Mix at high speed for 3 minutes.
- Fill baking cups 2/3 full.
- Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.
I was very impressed with the ease of this recipe and resulting cupcakes. They weren't as moist as a few recipes I've tried, but they had a very good flavor. My husband had been craving chocolate cake, but we didn't want a whole cake in the house begging us to eat it. ;) I divided this recipe by 4 and got 5 very lovely cupcakes. I also made a quarter batch of Butter Cream Icing (Buttercream Frosting) and they went together very well. Thanks for posting!
For less than 10 minutes work, the resulting cakes are pretty darn good! Next time I might use hot coffee instead of water, for a more mocha-y cake.