Spider web chocolate fudge muffins

Spider web chocolate fudge muffins

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Cooking time

Ready in 40-45 minutes

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes 10

Special Hallowe'en chocolatey bakes for lucky trick or treaters - you can make ahead and freeze

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per muffin

kcalories
349
protein
5g
carbs
45g
fat
18g
saturates
9g
fibre
1g
sugar
28g
salt
0.59g

Ingredients

  • 50g dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids is fine)
  • 85g butter
  • 1 tbsp milk, water or coffee
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 142ml carton soured cream

For the topping

  • 100g dark chocolate (as above)
  • 100g white chocolate

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 170C/ conventional 190C/gas 5 and line a muffin tin with 10 paper muffin cases. Break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl, add the butter and liquid. Melt in the microwave on Medium for 30-45 seconds (or set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water). Stir and leave the mixture to cool.
  2. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and both sugars in a bowl. Beat the egg in another bowl and stir in the soured cream, then pour this on the flour mixture and add the cooled chocolate. Stir just to combine – don’t overmix or it will get tough.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the cases to about three quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes until well risen. Loosen the edges with a round-bladed knife, let them sit in the tins for a few minutes, then lift out and cool on a wire rack.
  4. For the topping, make two piping bags out of greaseproof paper (or cut the ends off two clean plastic bags). Break the dark and white chocolate into separate bowls and melt in the microwave on Medium for 2 minutes (or over a pan as in step 1). Put 2 spoonfuls of dark chocolate in one bag and the same of white chocolate in the other.
  5. Working with one muffin at a time, spread with dark chocolate from the bowl, letting it run down a bit, then pipe four concentric circles of white chocolate on top. Using a small skewer, drag through the circles at regular intervals, from the centre to the edge, to create a cobweb effect. Repeat with four more muffins. On the remaining five, spread over the white chocolate and decorate with the dark. Best eaten the day they’re made – even better while the chocolate’s soft.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2003

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mmebutterfly's picture

These came out great. My muffins didn't raise (not sure why, it happens often to me) but it didn't affect the outcome. It was easy to make and they looked great. I got complimented when I took them over to a party.

123dance4's picture

they look like the design thats on party rings!!love it!

there really effective arent they!!you could drag your icing with a cocktail stick when your making cookies to get the same effect :)

tasnim's picture
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This is a good recipe, but I think way too bland. There is not enough chocolate in it, and pretty tasteless.

luvstocook's picture
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My daughter made these and they looked fantastic really easy to make.

smorrissey's picture
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forgot to give rating

nikkija's picture

i made normal sponge cakes and just used thespiderweb chocolate on top idea

smorrissey's picture
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Made these today, used 75% dark chocolate, looked very impressive and everyone loved them. very pleased :)

ella-rae--millard's picture

These look and sound lush! I think iim gunna make them!!

jenniecox's picture
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Really good! Love the crunch of the sugar and the thickness of the chocolate on top. A little fiddly but well worth the effort and they look stunning!

rowanrose's picture
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Easy to make and went down a storm. I made three batches one with sour cream but tried the second and third batch with greek yoghurt and they were fine. I also did the 1st batch with milk chocolate but made the others with dark as the recipe stated. Will be making these again for sure!

bremen's picture

Really easy. Followed recipe but decorated as for spider muffins recipe for a Halloween party. I used apple laces instead of liquorice for the legs.

Muffins were light and fluffy and seem to keep well but they need milk or white choc drops adding to mix or something extra as not very chocolatey.

rachel2709's picture
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Really excellent recipe. My cake-decorating skills aren't brilliant so I was worried my cobwebs wouldn't be quite up to scratch - but actually you don't need to be particularly accurate with these. Went down well with out trick-or-treaters!

kerryatter's picture

Also, if people are finding them dry, try adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil (not olive). Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence can also enhance the flavour.

kerryatter's picture

For those that can't get hold of soured cream, you could use buttermilk (I haven't tried it with this particular recipe but I use it in one that is very similar). If you're having problems with your chocolate it is better to melt your chocolate using a bowl sat in the top of a saucepan - put hot water in the bottom of your pan but make sure that the water isn't touching your bowl of chocolate as it will spoil your chocolate. Keep the heat under your pan on low so that the water is simmering gently. Also make sure that your bowl is very clean and dry as water and debris will ruin your chocolate. Hope this helps!

chanonica's picture

Did anyone else find the cooking time way off? I cant remember how many extra 5mins I had to put them back in for, maybe its the temp I should've had up? Did 20mins @ 180 really do it for you all?

kay_blewett's picture
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I have just made these muffins with my 5 year old daughter and they look and taste lovely! We also used an icing pen to draw a little spider on each!!

eviegr's picture
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Really nice muffins and very easy recipie! will defo bake them again, although with a different topping as it goes really hard after a few hours and spoils them all.

kerryfranklin's picture
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I thought these were great and found the decoration easier than I expected even when rushing. Great for a children's halloween party although these are quite large and were more appreciated by the Mummy's!

I also found the video instructions on making a paper piping bag in the "How to Cook" section useful, as I've never been v.successful with making piping bags before!

faypeacock's picture
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These were light and moist. The chocolate decoration was easy to do and looked really effective. They were just a bit dull to taste so I sliced off the tops and added a dollop of buttercream.

fionablandford's picture

enjoyed making these though a little fiddly for the icing - taking them to work tommorrow am sure they will go down well, taste test is working well!

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