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Amazing chocolate cupcakes

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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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  • 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


    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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29th Oct, 2017
Best Cupcakes! Works every time.
11th Apr, 2017
when I made these cupcakes I used bornville as well but they came out very bitter so I would recommend using a different chocolate or different recipe, if you ever think about posting another recipe please make Shute it isn't a biohazard
2nd Mar, 2017
I was looking for a quick and easy recipe to bake with my daughter and they turned out beautifully moist and really quite tasty. This is now in the folder to be used again. Yummers.
22nd Dec, 2016
I almost didn't make these based on some comments but am happy to report that mine turned out very nicely and were wolfed down by my kids. I followed the recipe almost exactly except for the fact I don't have a mixer so followed the tip to rub ingredients together. Worked a treat. The mixture is very wet but cakes rose nicely and didn't sink as others have said. I baked for a little more than 25 mins.
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27th Nov, 2016
Simple and quick to make. They taste like school dinner chocolate sponge. I made them two days ago now and they are still good to eat. Slightly lacking in flavour - not sure if this is because I never added the salt but I won't be making them again to test that theory out, sorry!
30th Oct, 2016
I was really hopeful about this recipe, and put a lot of faith in them. I needed a quick, tasty cupcake/fairy cake recipe for a school cake rota next day, not much time, and I chose these, because my usual cake recipe is quite risky in cupcakes. I made one batch, baked it for the right amount of time, followed the recipe to the letter. They came out bready, bland and quite disgusting. Fortunately my brother eats pretty much anything, since we had a lot of spares. It didn't really help my baking reputation at school. I wouldn't recommend these at all.
Alice Luther
8th Oct, 2016
Lovely cakes! I used this for the cake recipe and experimented with other frostings. This was a super nice cake. Light, fluffy and excellent texture. Mine certainly didn't sink or anything like that so I'm very happy. As mentioned in a previous comment I rubbed the dry ingredients and butter with my fingers like a crumble because I don't have a mixer. Made 12 perhaps a little too big cakes but I could always make 14. And it depends what size cases you use. Overall really enjoyed making these and enjoyed eating one even more! And I don't care about the typos.. Didn't impact the recipe at all. My only criticism is not proof reading and not saying to add the other half of the milk mixture. Other than that - gorgeous cakes- and that's what really matters. Thanks very much :)
8th Oct, 2016
Soooooo good my family loved them so much that most of them were gone in a day.
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26th Apr, 2016
This a great recipe. If you haven't got a mixer, just rub the ingredients together with your fingers, as you would a crumble mix. It works just as well! x
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9th Apr, 2016
Although I was skeptical at first the cupcakes turned out much better than I thought. I have to admit my butter was half melted half room temp as I didn't prepare in advance. The mixture looked lumpy to me but that was my own fault for poor mixing skills (old hand mixer). They rose nicely in the oven and after 20 mins looked a bit wet still so I left them in the oven for another 10 mins. What really made them was the rich cocoa taste coupled with the moist texture. A very important tip is to leave them to cool completely before removing from silicon moulds if using. Otherwise they will fall apart even after 10 mins of cooling. Would recommend for a quick and easy recipe.


13th Dec, 2015
Don't make these cupcakes if you are fragile, it will rip your heart right now. We thought making these cupcakes would be a nice treat for the church's Christmas carol service. We were wrong. We were certain nothing could taint the birth of Christ however, this recipe proved us wrong. The cupcakes rose and deflated in the oven, just like our reputation in the wider community. Thanks again BBC good food and Happy Christmas everyone.
14th May, 2014
I tried this recipe for my first attempt at cupcakes and they turned out just lovely. The only thing I would say needs improving or updating is in the method, it doesn't clearly tell you to put in the remaining half of the milk, egg and vanilla mixture, (I am used to River Cottage cook books where the thinking is done for you). Also, where is the recipe and method for the frosting? At one point I thought that half the milk mixture might be for this! I found a separate icing recipe on here. The upshot is that the cupcakes were very easy to make, they were well risen and delicious. Thank you for sharing.
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28th Jun, 2014
How did I get 16 out of them?
29th Oct, 2017
Melt the butter before putting in the mixture
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13th Jul, 2014
This recipe didn't work that well, i am assuming this is because there is to much sugar in it if you are going to make it i would use less sugar. Mine rose and then flopped down, sorry but this wasn't very good!