Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

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(60 ratings)

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


Makes 12
These bright and fun cupcakes are perfect for kids' parties

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal505
  • fat29g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre2g
  • protein59g
  • salt0.51g
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  • 200g butter



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  • 200g plain chocolate, under 70% cocoa solids is fine
  • 200g light, soft brown sugar



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  • 2 eggs, beaten



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  • 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.

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Comments (88)

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!

meteoraah's picture

Just read Languedoc Linda's comments and agree that they ARE very rich. Also, mine took around 25-30 mins to bake well but I attributed that to the use of microwave (convection mode).

meteoraah's picture

Pretty good. This was just my second time baking, so was relieved when it turned out well. I did have to improvise a bit. I used 1) milk chocolate instead of plain chocolate, 2) fresh cream (25% fat) instead of double cream. (Not sure if we get double cream that easily in India.) 3) Also, since I used milk chocolate, I toned down the amount of sugar in the icing to 35 gm. 4) Used the microwave in the convection mode instead of an oven.
All in all, it turned out perfectly delicious. Will try again with dark chocolate. :)

langthorne's picture

Very disappointed in this recipe. These cupcakes were far too rich, they took much longer to cook than stated in the recipe and had a strange texture. Will look for alternative chocolate cupcake recipes.

sandykid's picture

I made these cakes with my little boy, they were so easy and so impresive when they came out. Most of my cakes go flat these rose perfectly. I will be making these all the time for family and friends and all my parties from now on. Thanx for the recipe

kittiebittie's picture

If you have a piping bag, cut the end into a small hole, bend the bottom of the piping bag (to stop the mixture pureeing out) put the cup cake mixture into the piping bag and pie into the cases 3/4 of the way! It's always the best way for me when using a running mixture!.

rearose's picture

wow ausum comments im gonna make some now but in a bit small though ha ha ha ha


lollymould's picture

I think these are fabulous, the first time I made them I used proper muffin size cases and I got 12 but since then I have used normal fairy bun size cases and I get more out of the mix. They go down really well in our house and never last long. I find with kids they don't want to wait around for cakes to be iced so I use Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing and this the perfect consistency for toppings and so much quicker than making your own.

littlevikx's picture

Made these with milk chocolate instead of plain & made a white chocolate buttercream topping - A-mazing!!!! Also only filled the muffin cases half way, when cooked it left a teeny gap to hold the icing on. So it did 19 muffins. Almost worth making just to eat the cake mix!

ellanicoleb's picture

I made these for a friend because I was staying at her house and everybody loved them they turned out brilliantly however I did not make the icing in the recipe instead i used White chocolate and creme fraiche and left out the icing sugar and it was great! Am planning to make them again for my friend's birthday !

11johnsonh's picture

I need somthing to take into my school for re it needs to make thirty and be chocolate any other ideas?

thelma3821's picture

we loved these and due to me believing my 13 yr old son we had to substitute 1/2 of the light brown sugar with dark brown suger making them even more fudgey.

kbqwerty's picture

I decided to make these because they looked like they would turn out, well that was bad judgement on my part because they are TERRIBLE! DO NOT MAKE THESE! the mixture was weird and oily and i baked them anyway and it is not sweet or nice tasting at all, the icing was disgusting too, i thought it may have saved the day but i was wrong again!
i am seriously disappointed with these :/ and confused as to how everyone seems to like them!
(i did not bake them wrong either! i followed the recipe perfectly!)


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