Chocolate cupcakes and white and milk chocolate icing on cake platter with sprinkles

Amazing chocolate cupcakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins plus cooling

Easy

Makes 12

Whip up a batch of simple chocolate cupcakes for a party, coffee morning or afternoon tea. Top with buttercream, or perhaps a cream cheese frosting

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (without buttercream)

  • kcal122
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
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  • 40g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
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  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

To decorate

  • buttercream, see our recipes for chocolate or plain
  • chocolate vermicelli (optional)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, a pinch of salt and the butter in a free-standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk). Beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

  2. 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, scraping any mixture from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour in the remaining liquid and continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until approximately two-thirds full. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

  4. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, make chocolate buttercream or plain buttercream and spread it over the cakes with a palette knife, or use a piping bag. Scatter over chocolate vermicelli, if you like.

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Hppygal29
10th May, 2020
5.05
I just followed the recipe but replaced whole milk With low fat milk. It turned up very well. Very nice and not too sweet. My 1st time making such nice cupcakes. .
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TK Amaterasu
2nd May, 2020
the ingredient was plain flour, not self raising. That’s why I don’t always follow their recipes. Don’t use baking powder. I’m going to upload a new baking video for the cupcakes. My YouTube channel is Donna P. Search me and it will soon have a video with a revised recipe.
__sannn
25th Apr, 2020
2.05
I do not recommend this recipe because when I tried it, the cupcakes did not rise at all.
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TK Amaterasu
2nd May, 2020
That’s because the ingredient was plain flour, not self raising. That’s why I don’t always follow their recipes.
Freyarose02
15th Apr, 2020
1.05
Do not recommend this recipe, the buns didn’t rise and they don’t taste sweet or chocolatey at all
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TK Amaterasu
2nd May, 2020
That’s because the ingredient was plain flour, not self raising. That’s why I don’t always follow their recipes. Don’t use baking powder. I’m going to upload a new baking video for the cupcakes. My YouTube channel is Donna P. Search me and it will soon have a video with a revised recipe.
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niamhscally
13th Apr, 2020
1.05
Absolutely rubbish. The mixture was runny and the cupcakes didn’t rise. The end result( which I hesitate to refer to as cupcakes as calling them cupcakes would discredit cupcakes everywhere) was a sad pathetic mess that even my dad laughed at. And to make things worse I sacrificed an Easter egg for the icing which has now been wasted as the cakes don’t deserve the privilege of being decorated. The name lied.
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TK Amaterasu
2nd May, 2020
That’s because the ingredient was plain flour, not self raising. That’s why I don’t always follow their recipes. Don’t use baking powder. I’m going to upload a new baking video for the cupcakes. My YouTube channel is Donna P. Search me and it will soon have a video with a revised recipe.
Slyseight
6th Apr, 2020
1.05
Disappointing recipe. Cupcakes do not rise at all. Waste of time. One time I wish I had listened to the negative reviews!
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TK Amaterasu
2nd May, 2020
That’s because the ingredient was plain flour, not self raising. That’s why I don’t always follow their recipes. Don’t use baking powder. I’m going to upload a new baking video for the cupcakes. My YouTube channel is Donna P. Search me and it will soon have a video with a revised recipe.

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Chloe Verrall
25th Jun, 2018
I don’t know where I went wrong. These cupcakes didn’t rise in the slightest. I also had my oven on about 10 degrees hotter, but I still needed to cook them for almost double the amount of time suggested (about 45 minutes), yet they still weren’t even cook all the way through. The flavour is okay, but I will definitely not be making these again.
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goodfoodteam
25th Jun, 2018
We're sorry to hear your cupcakes didn't work out. The two most likely reasons are that your oven is not hot enough - it might be worth testing it with an oven thermometer - or that the ingredients weren't weighed correctly.
nellmn
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.
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niamhscally
13th Apr, 2020
1.05
You are my hero
nattabox
14th May, 2014
4.05
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.
My password
28th Jun, 2014
5.05
How did I get 16 out of them?
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TK Amaterasu
2nd May, 2020
Don’t follow the ingredient plain flour. You need self raising. No idea why good food has stated plain flour. And don’t add baking powder.
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niamhscally
13th Apr, 2020
1.05
Just don’t do it
catm88
15th May, 2019
4.05
These do work, but found it took a little adjusting. Double the recipe (but reduce the sugar if you're concerned - they come out quite sweet) or you won't get 12. The original baker must have made pretty small cakes. With large cupcake cases, this will give you 12 large cupcakes or muffins. You only need to half-fill the cases with batter, they have a good dome to them. I also used self-raising flour and half of the baking powder.
catm88
15th May, 2019
4.05
These do work, but found it took a little adjusting. Double the recipe (but reduce the sugar if you're concerned - they come out quite sweet) or you won't get 12. The original baker must have made pretty small cakes. With large cupcake cases, this will give you 12 large cupcakes or muffins. You only need to half-fill the cases with batter, they have a good dome to them. I also used self-raising flour and half of the baking powder.
Cupcakes236
29th Oct, 2017
5.05
Melt the butter before putting in the mixture
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charly_m
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!
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