One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Treat yourself (and your sweetie) to these delicious, decadent small-batch chocolate cupcakes with Nutella frosting. The perfect sweet and simple treat for any occasion!

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… Or one sweets lovin’ mama-to-be.

These have to be the most fabulous chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever made from scratch. Super soft, fluffy and absolutely decadent with a dollop (okay, more like a heap) of homemade Nutella frosting. They come together in less than 5 minutes, bake in 20, and can be in your belly in another 5… seconds. Just slather on the frosting, put them on a pretty plate, and dig in. Whether you share or not is up to you!

Clearly, since it’s not Valentine’s Day yet (and technically I count for two) I did no such sharing.

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Chocolate not your (or your sweetie’s) thing? Scoot on over to my One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two instead… just as easy-peasy and perfectly delicious. I won’t judge you for being a vanilla lover. It’s my personal favorite, too! Just don’t be me and forget to add sprinkles.VANILLA DEMANDS SPRINKLES.

It’s the law.

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But, back to chocolate! It happens to be my other half’s favorite flavor, and since he’s taking me to a fancy pants dinner next Friday, I’ll have to bake him another batch then. And then another batch still, since I’ll probably eat the second batch myself. And then, why wouldn’t I have just made a dozen damn cupcakes in the first place?!

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You’re gonna absolutely love these easy, egg-free cupcakes, I guaran-darn-tee it. All you need are itty bitty measurements of basic pantry staples, a love of chocolate, and a willingness to pretend they’re for “two.” With a swirl of rich, creamy Nutella frosting, each bite of this cupcake is a little bit of bliss!

Garnish yours with a pinch of sprinkles, fresh berries, or candy hearts for a special sumthin’, maybe? Or, if there’s no time, just grab a glass of milk and go to town!

One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Yield: 2 cupcakes


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Nutella Frosting:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon milk


  1. For the Chocolate Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and vanilla until just combined. Divide batter evenly between cups.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the Nutella Frosting: With an electric mixer in a medium bowl, beat butter and Nutella until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar until well blended. Add vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon milk; mix until incorporated. Add additional milk if necessary to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  6. Enjoy!

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  1. These look wonderful! And I am sure your little one appreciated it as well, I can just imagine a little baby buzzing on cupcake goodness, hah!

    I made cupcakes for “two” yesterday as well, which I’ll post up on the blog in the near future :P I am not eating for two though, but still decided not to share them…because… My friend wasn’t available for coffee and so I decided I needed an extra boost! I went for orange and chocolate, delicious! :D

    Have a lovely weekend Georgia! x

  2. Fun idea Georgia to satisfy that sweet tooth whenever it hits!

  3. I can always get behind a cupcake recipe that only requires one bowl! I love the photo of the batter being poured into the cupcake tin :)

  4. this is just wonderful – i make a whole batch and end up eating it. thank you.

  5. These sound fabulous!! Loving the one bowl option!

  6. NUTELLA frosting!? Oh my goodness. Your baby has excellent taste :)

  7. These look just amazing Georgia! That icing is so dreamy and the cake looks so moist, oh my!

  8. But if I only make two I won’t have leftover cupcakes that get stale that I just haaave to lick the icing off of… :) I love this idea though – they look like the perfect decadent chocolate cupcake!

  9. Do you have a substitute for the Nutella? I love the idea but not a fan of Nutella! Thanks!

  10. Sorry, I’m not sure about a Nutella substitute.

  11. The perfect amount of chocolate cupcake heaven :D
    Without ruining a diet that is :P

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. This is perfect so I don’t eat the entire huge batch of cupcakes!

  13. Sweet! Love this idea, Georgia! Definitely going to make these when we just want a bit of an indulgence. Thank you for sharing, my dear. I hope you are feeling well. Enjoy your weekend! xo P.S. A fabulous all-natural substitute for Nutella is Nocciolata. (For your reader, Jeanette, above.) :)

  14. I love recipes like this! These look so moist and delish! I wouldn’t share either!

  15. This is absolute pure decadence! And perfect for selfish cupcake lovers like me :)

  16. What an adorable idea! Your pictures are stunning, Georgia.

  17. Simple and delicious! That’s how I like my cupcakes!

  18. small batch cupcakes are great! love the nutella frosting too :)

  19. these look so perfectly CHOCOLATEEEEYY! MMMM!

  20. I want the chocolate ones and the vanilla. Will I share them? Probably not and I know that’s not nice. You piped the frosting perfectly!

  21. The cupcakes look amazing and beautifully moist. I use a similar recipe but I use yogurt instead of milk.

  22. These cupcakes look perfect, I love the Nutella frosting!

  23. Okay… you have my full attention! Now, if I can just get a cupcake out of my screen, I will be a happy camper. :)

  24. Chocolate cupcakes which are wet inside it is the recipe I have been looking for a long time. It seems to be easy to bake them but every time they are different. It is very important to have a perfect recipe.

  25. they look perfect for valentine’s day!

  26. 5 stars
    This recipe is everything. Seriously. I’ve made it several times now, and it is the best cure for a last-minute cupcake craving. The first time I made it I swapped in cake flour and buttermilk, and it was so good I’ve been doing it that way ever since. The results are so moist and tender! I actually get three cupcakes out of this instead of two, but that’s perfect because it makes one for me, and two for my chocoholic boyfriend. You’re my new hero.

  27. 5 stars
    I just made these last night after suffering through a chocolate cake craving, and these were absolutely divine! Thanks for creating this page!

    #somanyhearts !! :) ♥ ♥ ♥

  28. 5 stars
    I just made and ate these. By far the best chocolate cupcake ive ever made, I did substitute for buttermilk and cake flour. Not the biggest fan of nutella but it compliments well. Oh and I have to have fresh strawberries with chocolate cake. Quick and easy
    Thanks, my new go to

  29. christy grover says:

    5 stars
    These cupcakes were absolutely amazing! Perfect for when you’re craving cupcakes but don’t want to overeat! I added a few chocolate chips in mine, these were just so delish! Thanks so much :)

  30. Hi just wondering but can I take out the Nutella in the frosting recipe to make it vanilla frosting? Thank you for reading this! :)

  31. The Nutella is necessary for the texture of the frosting, but I have other vanilla frosting recipes you can search for!

  32. So…let’s say you do want to make 4, or 6. Can you double and triple it without losing anything? my kids would never forgive me if I didn’t make them, too!

  33. I have only ever made the recipe as written, but you can certainly try to double or triple it. I also have many other (larger serving) chocolate cupcake recipes that you search for.

  34. priscilla says:

    5 stars
    I made these the other day and it was amazingly moist! I would love to make a bigger back like 12 or 24. Do you have the recipe for that? Also I substituted nutella for cream cheese and that was amazing!

  35. I don’t have a larger-scale recipe for these cupcakes, but you can try to increase the recipe yourself, or search for my other chocolate cupcake recipes.

  36. Instead of the Nutella you can sub for peanut butter, although I would recommend using slightly less than the suggested amount!

  37. 5 stars
    They’ve turned out absolutely perfect! Beautiful cakes. Thank you!

  38. 5 stars
    These were great! I’ve used other quick/low quantity recipes before and none of them have ever been this close to a full blown recipe. The egg-less-ness means they’re dryer than typical cupcakes, but they were super fluffy and airy and just the right amount of chocolaty. Topped them with a killer mocha frosting and only a few dishes!

  39. 5 stars
    I live in a high altitude city and baking is hard. I made these yesterday however and they turned out perfect! Do you think I can make this work for a whole batch?

  40. 5 stars
    Made these for my 2 yr old’s birthday. My husband said they were the best cupcakes he ever ate. I doubled the recipe for 4 cupcakes, which resulted in too much frosting, but I’ll find a use :)

  41. 5 stars
    These were fantastic! I topped one of the cupcakes with cookie butter instead of frosting and it was incredible… They’re perfectly moist and chocolatey, and super quick and easy to make! Thank you for the recipe!

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