Easy chocolate cupcakes

Easy chocolate cupcakes

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling

Easy

Makes 10
These light cakes are perfect for freezing – they just need a quick blast in the microwave to bring them back to life

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal534
  • fat31g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars46g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 300g dark chocolate, broken into chunks - don't use one with a high cocoa content
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 200g light muscovado sugar, plus 3 tbsp extra
  • 6 tbsp cocoa
  • 150ml sunflower oil, plus a little extra for greasing
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  • 284ml pot soured cream
  • 2 egg
    Eggs

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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 10-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Whizz the chocolate into small pieces in a food processor. In the largest mixing bowl you have, tip in the flour, sugar, cocoa, oil, 100ml soured cream, eggs, vanilla and 100ml water. Whisk everything together with electric beaters until smooth, then quickly stir in 100g of the whizzed-up chocolate bits. Divide between the 10 cases, then bake for 20 mins until a skewer inserted comes out clean (make sure you don’t poke it into a chocolate chip bit). Cool on a wire rack.

  2. To make the icing, put the remaining chocolate bits, soured cream and 3 tbsp sugar in a small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth icing. Chill in the fridge until firm enough to swirl on top of the muffins, then tuck in.

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daisy84x
31st May, 2015
3.8
These cupcakes are sooo delicious! They were soft and fluffy however were quite rich but that was down to me going crazy With the chocolate! Easy recipe and would really recommend!
luptonian
21st Feb, 2015
3.8
Makes 5 star perfect cup cakes - the 'makes 10' is somewhat misleading - I got 22 generous cup cakes out of this! I think they are designed more for muffin sized cakes, but I used a traditional shallow drop cup cake tray. They still needed cooking for 20 mins in my oven even though smaller than intended in the recipe. Very moist and tasty, not too sweet. The icing is okay only, which is why I only gave the recipe as a whole a 4/5, its nice enough that you don't need to chuck it but I have to say a regular basic ganache (with double cream and chocolate only) is more to my taste. I will use the cupcake part of this recipe again though, and will recommend it too.
sweet tooth
26th Oct, 2014
These are to die for! They're so soft and yummy. I used only 100g cocolate chips in the mixture which was enough and I was such in a hurry (with 5 kids in the house) I simply skipped the icing. The kids literally ate them while piping hot. They are so simple and very quick to do......just divine. I managed to make 14. 5 stars
daughterofeve
10th Oct, 2014
These are the best cupcakes I have made so far. Everytime I make these I get lots of praise and people remember them years after :D A friend asked me to make these specific muffins for her wedding and they were gone in the blink of an eye! I usually make them with less chocolate though, 200 grams is more than enough for my taste.
Whitney.
25th Mar, 2014
Just made them this morning + they are to die for!! The recipe made a LOT more than 10, I think I made about 15! Very VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!! Don't worry about the #calorie content....... ;-)
saffystarxx
5th Jul, 2013
4.05
just eating it now! yum yum yum yum......... xxx
saffystarxx
5th Jul, 2013
4.05
hello sarahwiddett i agree with you. the mixture was way to much for 10 cases .i filled up 12 and they were massive!
saffystarxx
10th May, 2013
4.05
it is every time i have made it and with the easy recipe to guide you, you will never go wrong when you make it. plus its really quick to make! x
zacharycoles
25th Apr, 2013
I think it looks lush but mum won`t let me make them till the hols
amalphea
20th Apr, 2013
Excellent and very easy!! I made a change using butter , icing sugar and various colours for frosting to have a variety in decorating using the same cake basis in the cup.

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daisy84x
31st May, 2015
3.8
How would you flavour the topping?
lula22
27th Feb, 2015
What cocoa content is recommended. What is considered high?
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allan love
23rd Mar, 2014
why can i not print the recipes ??have tried several times i click the print button and nothing , will have to try elsewhere !
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24th Mar, 2014
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