Olde Square Inn


January 17, 2022

Best Chocolate Cupcakes on Earth – An Olde Square Inn Exclusive Recipe

Chocolate cupcake with a swirl of peanut butter ice cream and round sprinkles on a pink plate.

If you’ve ever stayed at the Inn, you know how much our guests look forward to our amazing three-course breakfast.  No matter how much folks relish the fist two courses, they always save room for dessert.

This is a favorite treat at the Inn, right in time for you for Valentine’s Day – or any other special day.  I know you’ll love these as much as our visitors do. Enjoy!

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Best Chocolate Cupcakes on Earth


1 & ½ sticks butter, softened

2/3c. sugar

2/3c. light brown sugar

2 XL eggs

2t. vanilla

1 & 3/4c. flour

¼ t. salt

1 & 1/2t. baking SODA

1c. dark cocoa powder

1c. buttermilk

2T brewed coffee

½ c. sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time, adding vanilla with the last egg.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt and baking soda. If using salted butter, reduce salt to ¼ t.
  5. In a 2c. liquid measuring cup, pour 1c. buttermilk. Add sour cream until liquid reaches the 1 ½ c. line. Stir in coffee and mix until combined. Set aside.
  6. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Mix only until combined, the scrape down bowl with a rubber scraper spatula.
  7. Add half of the liquid, mixing only until combined, then scrape down bowl.
  8. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
  9. Fill prepared cupcake pans 2/3 full using all of the batter.
  10. Bake  for 15 – 18 minutes until top springs back when touched or toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before icing.

Makes 24 – 30.

Peanut Butter Icing


1 & ½ sticks butter, softened

1c. peanut butter

1 t. vanilla

1# confectioner’s sugar

¼ c. milk

To make icing: Beat together butter, peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add milk for desired consistency.


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