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Amazing chocolate cupcakes

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(30 ratings)

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Cooking time

Half an hour to cool

Servings

Serves 1 - 12 Cakes

this recipe is flawless,and works every time,and are a real hit with my friends and family .....or as a cheeky treat for myself...just one though :)

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Ingredients

  • For the cakes
  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder (i use cadbury bourneville)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter (essential that it is at room temperature)
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • a 12-hole cupcake tray,lined with paper cases

Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 170C(325F)Gas 3
    2. Out the flour ,cocoa powder,sugar,baking powder,salt and butter in a free standing electric mixer with paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk)and beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consitency and everything is combined.
    3. Whisk the milk,egg,and vanilla extract together in a jug ,then slowly pour about half into the flour mixture,beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula).Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth.Do not over mix.
    4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes,or until the sponge bounces back when touched.A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean.Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
    5. when the cupcakes are cooled,spread the frosting on with a pallet knife , or sqweeze in with a piping bag and decorate with chocolate vermicelli or silver balls. ( see chocolate frosting ) Vanilla and Cream cheese frosting also works well if your not a chocolate lover

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Sarahtylersinger's picture
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Georgous!!! If you can get the batter into the oven without eating it all first!! Delish! I had never made choc cupcakes before so didnt know what to expect, but these were really chocolatey and moist. Made for a friends BBQ and everyone loved them! Making them again tonight for a friends birthday :D

etux's picture

This is actually the Hummingbird cafe recipe so frost with their chocolate, vanilla or cream cheese buttercream recipes. American cupcake cases are bigger than standard UK fairy cake cases, so it depends which you use as to how much you get out of the mixture. I use fairy cases and only half fill them (any more and they overflow making a crispy flat top that just breaks off when you try to get them out to eat) so I get around 20 cakes out of this. Really chocolatey and light.

LisaToo's picture
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I thought these were lovely. Really light and fluffy, very tasty and very easy to make. Perfect quantity for 12 cupcakes to come up just to the top of the paper (if you manage to divide the batter equally) - don't know what all the negative comments are all about.

My password's picture
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Yes your right. These were lovely , light, fluffy and very very tasty. But we got 14 out of it! Don't no what all negative comments are about these were lovely!!!!!!!!

Gemf's picture

Worked perfect first time round, even after 2 glasses of white wine:-) I just measured and poured all the ingredients into my vitamix, then blended on low for a minute, then poured into 12 cupcake sleeves. Filled each 3quarters full, and after 20mins cooking had risen rest of way. Let cool, then applied a vanilla butter creme, and chocolate sprinkles, delisious. My 2 year old helped me, they were easy and are tasty.

Alessandra de Paula's picture

yes, as most comments say...cakes are not great: They did not raise well and there wasn't enough for 12 muffin cases.
They taste good, though, and are not too sweet as most comments said. I've used a bitter and strong cocoa power though.

Loulouzoolou's picture

That would be because this is a cupcake recipe not a muffin recipe, muffin cases are much bigger than cupcake cases and require more mixture

abj2001's picture
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Fab recipe! Not sure why there are so many bad comments for this recipe. I made it for the first time with 3 boys under 7 all adding ingredients and mixing and they came out perfectly. I agree it doesn't say to add the second half of the liquid which is perhaps an oversight but it's common sense to add the remaining liquid. Didn't tweak the recipe in any way. Took about 23 mins in fan oven on 160 and they were light and fluffy! Delicious. Definitely will be making again. 12 perfect cupcakes! Thank you.

grrrrrr's picture

I'm off to the shop to buy my son a birthday cake after the complete failure of this recipe. They overinflated and then collapsed. I thought the recipe contained too much sugar but as I started before 8am I wasn't in critical-thinking mode. And no, I did not forget or mis-measure. I'm not in the habit of having complete baking failures. Please remove this recipe.

rehanapmalik's picture

Cakes are not great (they turned out very well, as in they rose well, but there wasnt enough for 12 muffin cases and the cakes were cardboardy and too sweet) and it's rather weird this recipe from the Hummingbird bakery is badly written and passed off as the poster's. Anyway if you want a decent rich choc cup cake try Mary Berry's recipe, the cakes are much nicer http://www.bakingmad.com/m/?category=cupcake-recipe&id=mary-berrys-choco...

spectrum123's picture

Your muffins will have been too sweet because of the cocoa powder. The Bournville cocoa (recommended brand) is very strong and bitter. If you try it with that cocoa, they won't be as sweet, and will be perfect.

C.hammond's picture

The recipe wasn't written well - once you've mixed in the first half of the milk/egg mix, the second half needs to be included. I've made this a couple of times and it has turned out perfectly! I hope you will try it again.

Sophielawrence19's picture

Followed the recipe to the letter and these came out awful! Not edible had to throw the whole lot in the bin. Too much sugar, didn't rise and sank in the middle. Do not use this recipe!!

C.hammond's picture

Shame, I'm sorry it didn't work out for you - I've made these a couple of times and they've turned out amazing - even my husband who never eats cupcakes and doesn't often eat chocolate. The recipe doesn't say that one needs to add in the second half of the milk/egg mix. That's where it gets confusing. But it all needs to be added in.

somethingsweet's picture
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I've given this 5 stars because it's a great recipe, I just find it very sad that you felt the need to steal someone else's recipe. I'm sure the Hummingbird Bakery would have something to say about it!!

ilovebakingx's picture

i made these and they have sank in the middle twice.. any ideas what i could be doing wrong??

C.hammond's picture

Amazing cupcakes! Really, really lovely! Cannot wait to try another one!!!! Thank you.

15ivylane's picture

This recipe reduced my daughter to tears! It appears to be incomplete. As it stands the cakes massively over-rise then collapse. The cooking time appears inadequate too.

Searching on-line, try adding the secoind-half of the milk and egg mixture at slower speed, beating quickly to form a batter but there are warnings not to over-beat. Then cook at 350 rather than 325 for 26minutes and avoid opening the oven early. We are not going to try again!

mirellakernot's picture
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OK BUT I THINK THEY COULD OF TURNED OUT BETTER

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