Dad's chocolate drop cakes

Dad's chocolate drop cakes

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(32 ratings)

Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12 deep cupcakes
Dad'll love these, make them really chocolatey or put his favourite sweet or nut on top - the perfect treat!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Without frosting
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving with button

  • kcal492
  • fat32g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars38g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.32g
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  • 150g pot natural yogurt
  • 3 eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 140g self-raising flour (swap 1 tbsp of flour for cocoa powder)
  • 100g ground almond
  • 175g unsalted butter, melted

For the chocolate frosting

  • 100g chocolate (milk or dark)



    Chocolate as we know it in pressed

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 140g icing sugar


  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.

  2. Add the yogurty mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon – don’t overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze as soon as possible.

  3. Chocolate frosting: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring halfway. Leave to cool. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the chocolate. Cover and chill for up to one month. Up to 48 hrs before serving (or the day before if it’s really hot), bring back to room temperature, then spread over the cakes. Put the chocolate buttons on. Keep cool, out of direct sunlight.

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24th Jun, 2011
I just made these as a treat for my boyfriend and they haven't turned out as well as I'd hoped. They weren't even in for the full 18 minutes specified, and they were overcooked after about 15 even though I had it on the right temperature. Also, I didn't want a chocolate overload so I made buttercream icing instead, but the sponge actually isn't very chocolatey unfortunately. I think it needs more cocoa than the recipe suggests. All in all, these are ok but I have used much better cupcake recipes.
20th Mar, 2011
I made these 3 times, the third was for St.Patrick's day and I replaced the choco powder with green food colouring, I also made white chocolate butter icing And I topped them of with snakes and shamrocks!!! I love these buns, 5 stars!! The icing makes enough for 2 loads I'd recomend halfing it... :)
6th Feb, 2011
Oh my god... best buns ever, those chocolate discos top it off perfectly!
21st Jan, 2011
are they easy or hard to make?
15th Nov, 2010
hi can we use the regular white caster sugar instead of golden?
20th Oct, 2010
I made these for a charity event and they sold very quickly! People said they were really good and I really would like to made htem again, very calorific though!
20th Sep, 2010
I did not have a scale so have estimated most of the ingredients (very bad, I know). However, the end result was edible but a little oily (my error in calculation, most probably. I will attempt this again once I purchase that scale! I halved the recipe and it make 14 small cupcakes. Half the frosting recipe was enough to cover them completely.
9th Jul, 2010
The icing was too sweet and ruined the cakes.
5th Jul, 2010
I made these a few days ago as a surprise for my boyfriend when he came in from work, he loved them! I used white chocolate buttons on top of the icing - really nice! I would definitely use this recipe again :)
21st Jun, 2010
Made these yesterday with my daughters for fathers day & they turned out brilliant!!!! they were really light & moist - and I added a lot more cocoa 'cos of what other people had said (about 40-50g) so they were lovely & chocolately too!!! Yum Yum I can see I'll be using this recipe again & again for lots of other occassions!! 5 stars!! :-)


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