Easy chocolate cupcakes

Easy chocolate cupcakes

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(41 ratings)

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


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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  • 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
    Sunflower oil

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  • 284ml pot soured cream
  • 2 eggs



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  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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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.
13th Apr, 2013
This cupcakes are really easy and quick to make. Plus they taste really good! You dont even have to add the dark chocolate you can just put in some cocoa or drinking chocolate powder instead. That's what I did and they still tasted fantastic!
15th Feb, 2013
My 6 year old daughter made these (with a little help) and they were fantastic. I loved the sour cream icing, however it was a little bitter for my husband and 4 children; so i added a tsp of golden syrup. This added more sweetness and a great glossy finish. Will be making these again.
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7th Dec, 2012
As has been mentioned before, there's way too much for just 10 cases - I filled up 11 and they were huge. Could easily get away with 12 I think. Very light texture, very easy to make too. I used butterscotch chocolate in the cakes - yummy!
16th Nov, 2012
These are easy & look pretty but I don't like the use of sunflower oil, you can taste it in the cake. I also agree with the comments above re using proper 70% chocolate. That said I'm not sure this would rescue the cake recipe from tasting of sunflower oil so probably a wasted expense. I think these cakes would probably be ok for a children's party but I won't be making them again.
9th Nov, 2012
These taste really good but it says it takes 15-20 mins to prepare, it took me 35 mins! I would recomend these!
21st Aug, 2012
Me and little sister made this but she was disappointed but the taste. She said that their was to much of a coffee taste, I had no idea what she was on about, but we made another batch, this time with milk choclate, she loved these but was very disappointed when I told her to only have one as their was 500 calories per cake!!!!!! I had to throw out most of them because I knew that we would all get fat if we went through 12!
16th Aug, 2012
Turned out very nice! I'm going to use these to make cookie monster cupcakes with my sister. I didn't want them to taste too rich so I only used 4tbsps of cocoa rather than 6 and used 50g milk chocolate and 50g dark chocolate. They tasted lovely! I also used the tip someone else left of using a measuring jug to pour the mixture into the cupcake cases as the mixture is quite liquid! Would definitely recommend this recipe though.
12th Aug, 2012
i made this for the first time and it came out great mom and dad loved it and i will definitely recommend this recipe for kids because its very easy to make and delicious as well
4th Jun, 2012
Really good, really chocolatey! I liked the icing as its not too sweet.


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