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Recipe: The Best Chocolate Cupcakes (and Happy Birthday to Me!)

Guess what? Today is my birthday!! πŸ₯³πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ

To celebrate this oh-so-special-day I wanted to share with you all my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe! I by no means claim rights to this recipe, because it’s one of those ones that’s been in my family for so long I couldn’t tell you where it’s from. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ We always called it a “wacky cake” recipe, but I know it’s also referred to as a “Depression cake” – because it’s eggs- and dairy-free!

This is the exact cake my mother used to make for me growing up, so it’s got a special place in my heart. πŸ’— And, while I may be biased, I think it makes pretty great cupcakes. 🧁


  • 1Β½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Β½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 5 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Your choice of frosting!


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Grease muffin tin or line with baking cups.
  3. Combine and mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly distributed.
  4. Add in all the liquid ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling them Β½ to ΒΎ full.
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before frosting. πŸ₯³
Total Time: ~45 mins

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Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


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