Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins Plus cooling

Skill level



Makes 12

These bright and fun cupcakes are perfect for kids' parties

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

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  • 200g butter
  • 200g plain chocolate, under 70% cocoa solids is fine
  • 200g light, soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • Smarties, sweets and sprinkles, to decorate

For the icing

  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 100ml double cream, not fridge-cold
  • 50g icing sugar

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  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. Gently melt the butter, chocolate, sugar and 100ml hot water together in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, then set aside to cool a little while you weigh the other ingredients.
  2. Stir the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl, then stir in the chocolate mixture until smooth. Spoon into cases until just over three-quarters full (you may have a little mixture leftover), then set aside for 5 mins before putting on a low shelf in the oven and baking for 20-22 mins. Leave to cool.
  3. For the icing, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Once melted, turn off the heat, stir in the double cream and sift in the icing sugar. When spreadable, top each cake with some and decorate with your favourite sprinkles and sweets.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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allielovetocook's picture
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Oooh, I forgot to mention in my review below that the only difference I made was to put 100g of plain chocolate and 100g of milk chocolate in the cake batter rather than all plain, just out of personal choice.

brattykid's picture

I do a fair bit of baking, decided to give this recipe a go. Followed the recipe exactly, went to take them out of the oven, only to find that they had sunk in the middle! Was very disappointed

AdamJSpratt's picture
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I have now made at least ten batches of these delicious cupcakes in the last month! I have to because everyone who tastes them loves them! A superb and luxurious recipe Sarah! I even served them at my ten year old daughter's Harry Potter birthday - I cut out a penny sized hollow out of the middle and filled them with white buttercream coloured using food colouring either red, blue, yellow, or green (the Hogwarts house colours). I then sealed and topped them off with a great swirly cone of chocolate buttercream icing to make.... Sorting Hat cupcakes!!!! As each of my daughter's guests arrived, they chose a random cupcake, then they were sorted into houses as revealed by the centre of their cupcake when they bit into it!

MichelleW91's picture

These were fantastic everyone who tried them has raved about them! I only had 100g of dark choc to hand but it made no difference at all!

Adnan khan's picture

Never made cupcake this was my first recipes.I will try now and let you know how it came...
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pieshop's picture

Delicious! I made these yesterday with my 6 yr old daughter. Easy and quick to make. Moist and quite rich. Instead of making icing, as we didn't have any double cream, I used chocolate fudge icing (ready made) and decorated with smarties as the recipe states. Would definitely recommend and will be making again. We got 19 out of this batch. I put them on lowest shelf in gas oven for 22 mins. usually my cakes are dry but these were perfect as I think putting them on low shelf made a big difference.

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mixed-lentils's picture

Highly recommended..! Never made cupcakes in my life & this was first the recipe I used..made 23 fairy cupcakes from this recipe..can't tell how much my kids were happy..Extremely pleased with results. Although I used chocolate buttercream frosting instead of the one in recipe.

CailinLondon's picture
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Very easy. The topping was a nice change. Made 23 cakes from the mixture

harriet_champion's picture
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Very easy to make. Took about 28-30 mins to actually cook but once they were cooked they were delicious. So fluffy and rich will be making again for sure!!!

redlipstick's picture
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Used a cupcake tin and fairy cake cases and managed to get 23 cakes out of this mixture! They're so rich and delicious but they have a really light texture. I think they would be too rich muffin-sized. The icing was gorgeous too. Baked for 21 mins in a fan oven and they were perfect.

hannahbjones8's picture

Really nice recipe. Said it made 12 but ended up making 20 (I'm not complaining :) Also left in the oven longer than said because we're still gooey in the middle and I suggest next time you half the icing because we had far too much but overall tastes scrummy :)

hannahpower's picture

lovely recipe. Made 24 small cupcakes as a test for my sons birthday party next week and i will definitely be making them for the big day. Very much like brownies. Kids loved them and they have had them as cupcakes and also with custard as a desert.

aliceeats's picture

These cupcakes were my first ever successful bake! Really chocolatey and rich as said below, but I thought that was great. I don't know if I would describe them as cupcakes, as they are really more like brownies, but that's not bad! I made them in small cupcake cases so got about 20 from this mixture and covered in them dark chocolate and white chocolate buttons. Everyone loved them!

lbignell2004's picture

Made these recently with my 5yr old niece. Really easy to make and they actually tasted really good. Lovely chocolate taste and moist. Planning to make these again very soon.

rebeccaroach's picture

Best chocolate buns I have ever made, but I use a different icing without cream so they keep longer

lizswan's picture

great for making cake pops

nobbynorris's picture

These are quick, easy, delicious and light. I will 100% be making these again. Highly recommended!

nobbynorris's picture

These are quick, easy, delicious and light. I will 100% be making these again. Highly recommended!