If you've got a chocolate craving, these Double Chocolate Easter Cupcakes are sure to satisfy you! Rich chocolate cupcakes and decadent chocolate frosting are topped with, what else? A creme filled chocolate Easter egg! These are one treat EVERYONE will want in their Easter baskets!
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line cupcake pans with 24 paper wrappers.
Add the butter and both sugars to the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat them together on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix it in.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and water (or coffee, if using). In a different bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer running on low, add a quarter of the sifted flour mixture. When the flour streaks have almost all disappeared, add a third of the liquid to the mixing bowl. When that’s incorporated, continue to add the drys and wets in an alternating pattern, ending with the dry ingredients.
When the dry ingredients are nearly incorporated, stop the mixer. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, and finish mixing the cake by hand. Scoop the batter into the cupcake pans. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly pressed. Cool completely before decorating.
To Make the Chocolate Buttercream:
Place the chopped unsweetened chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Place the remaining ingredients (sugar through salt) in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the sugar is thoroughly moistened, then raise the speed to medium and beat for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Turn the mixer speed back to low, and add the chocolate. Once the chocolate is mixed in, raise the speed back to medium and beat for one minute more. If the frosting is too stiff, add more milk, a little bit at a time, until you get a texture you like.
Use immediately, or place in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed on top. The frosting can be made several days in advance and kept in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before using.
Transfer the frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
Pipe a swirl of frosting around the outside of the cupcake, leaving a little space in the middle. Sprinkle a pinch of Easter egg sprinkles on the frosting. Place a Cadbury crème egg in the center of the frosting. Devour!
These cupcakes are best enjoyed at room temperature. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week. Bring them to room temperature before serving.