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

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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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.
Laura Griffiths
27th Oct, 2019
5.05
Followed recipe to the letter. Came out tasting and looking great! Best cupcakes I have ever made! Highly recommend x
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LovelyLeahhh
1st Jun, 2019
1.05
Didn't work at all. Horrible recipe and measurements... Tried them about 4 times before I gave up after wasting materials time after time.
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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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Layla Obaidi
18th May, 2019
Made these with the help of my 4 year old daughter, halved the amount of recipe for the suggested chocolate icing as it seemed a lot and there was more than enough. They were delicious and moist, going to make some more today!
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Alex Wiffen
16th May, 2019
1.05
What a waste of time. Rubbish recipe, they turned out flat, no rise at all. Really runny mix. Do not bother find a different recipe. Now having to start all over again!
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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.
pigeonluigi
20th Apr, 2019
4.05
I got no problems baking these cakes for Easter! Although I made 11, which I really want another one and the cakes are perfectly domed! Although this is a simple recipe, I would like more of a flavour boost to it like some coffee or use some buttermilk! That will hopefully make it flavourful and tender.
alie72
1st Nov, 2018
1.05
Mixture is very wet. Using a standard ice cream scoop the mixture only yielded enough for 9 cupcakes. I felt that 1&1/2 tsp of baking powder was too much and I was right, they dipped in the middle. Also felt they didn’t taste very chocolatey. Disappointed.

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