National Chocolate Cupcake Day

The Beatles famously said that “all you need is love,” but they forgot about chocolate. On National Chocolate Cupcake Day (Thursday), chocolate is more than a need. We’ve got a killer recipe to fill that craving and make you the envy of whoever you are sharing with. And we’ve got a list of ingredients made by ethical companies who treat their workers well.

Or if you prefer to go the no fuss route to get your chocolate cupcake fix, we recommend the delights made by Tastykake, a Philadelphia-based dessert company that pays its employees a good wage and gives them a voice on the job.



One box of chocolate cake mix (Betty Crocker)

3 eggs (Horizon)

1/2 cup vegetable oil (Mazola)

1 1/3 cups water


Chocolate Icing

5 1/3 tablespoons (2/3 stick) of butter, softened (Oakhurst)

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (Hershey’s)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk (Oakhurst)

2 1/4 cups powdered sugar (NJOY)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Follow the directions on the box of cake mix you picked. (Combine the ingredients and mix for two minutes), pour into a lightly greased muffin pan and bake for 19-22 minutes.
  3. For the icing combine the butter with the chocolate chips melted in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Blend vanilla, milk and powdered sugar. Then beat ingredients with a mixer until smooth.
  4. Spread a layer of chocolate frosting on each cupcake Then use a pastry bag with a small round tip to draw a straight line of chocolate icing down the middle of the first layer of icing.

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