Red Devil's Food Cupcakes With Mocha Cocoa Frosting

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Look for the reddish blush and taste a more mellow flavor when you use Dutch-process cocoa instead of plain cocoa. There will be no difference in texture. I got this recipe from a newspaper.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spritz cupcake pans with nonstick baking spray or line with cupcake papers.
  3. Place cocoa in a small bowl.
  4. Add water, slowly stirring, until well blended and smooth.
  5. Set aside until lukewarm.
  6. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.
  7. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  8. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  9. Add the cooled chocolate mixture all at once, add vanilla and stir well.
  10. Add the flour mixture all at once and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth and patches of white disappear.
  11. Do not overmix.
  12. Using a measuring cup, dip out the batter and place in the cupcake pans; the cupcake pans should be about 3/4 full.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes clean when poked into the cakes.
  14. When cooled, frost with mocha frosting (recipe below).
  15. Makes about 18 2 1/2 inch cupcakes.
  16. For frosting, remove lumps from both sugar and cocoa by placing the measured ingredients into a sieve set over a bowl; push and rub with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula.
  17. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  18. Add the vanilla and salt.
  19. Add the sugar all at once and mix until almost blended.
  20. Beat in as much of the coffee as needed to make a smooth, spreadable frosting.
  21. Makes 1 3/4 cups or enough to frost 18 cupcakes generously.
  22. Tip: If the cupcakes are going into a lunchbox or picnic basket, cut them in half, sandwich the frosting in the middle and wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap.


Most Helpful

A had a few people begging me to make this recipe, I don't consider myself a baker so I was a bit hesitate. The recipe worked out really well and everyone enjoyed them. I used regular cocoa and I left out the strong coffee from the frosting because DD (Little Miss) was going to eat them as well. Otherwise I kept to the recipe. Thank you so much for posting your recipe Lainey6605

Chef floWer October 24, 2007

I hate that my first review is a bad one. I made these cupcakes today and followed the recipe EXACTLY, which is something I rarely do. This review is just for the cake ,not the frosting as I used a different frosting. The cake was not good. It turned out "glooey" and clinging to the roof of your mouth. Sorry I would not recommend this one.

celticthunderfan October 25, 2010

Very good cupcakes. I halved the recipe and got 6 jumbo sized cupcakes from our jumbo muffin pan. I used regular cocoa but otherwise made to specs. This is a great recipe in that everything is probably already in your pantry. :)

2Bleu September 16, 2008

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