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


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


  • 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)


  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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16th Jun, 2018
I've made these several times now and they never disappoint. Delicious, and squidgy every time. My only criticism would be they are a tad on the small side and i like to make giant cupcakes so I double the mix and just wing how many it makes :-)
Moroccanchick's picture
8th Dec, 2017
Absolutely amazing, moist and light. I reduced the sugar to100g as i find recipes too sweet and it came up perfect just enough room to add a nice topping and sugar still be balanced
25th Nov, 2017
Really yummy cupcakes, added to my collection of recipes, definitely should be tried by everyone! =)
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.
Colvin0154's picture
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!
20th Apr, 2019
I think you can add a little bit of coffee to boost the flavour.
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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.


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