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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14th Aug, 2015
Made these today for the family, they absolutely loved them!! Deffo will be making again
14th Aug, 2015
Lovely easy recipe. Really nice rich chocolate flavour. I used waitrose 1% fat milk and 20g less sugar as well as self raising flour instead of plain with no baking powder. They were great, added a yummy chocolate frosting and everybody loved them. I chucked all the ingredients in the bowl and mixed for about a minute with an electric mixer. Not sure why there are so many negative comments and I'm not sure that the spelling really matters as it is a members recipie, not the BBC's.
11th Aug, 2015
This recipe worked a 'treat'! Best cakes I've made yet and the wife and boys are both impressed. Regardless of the punctuation, this is a good recipe. Well done!
13th Jul, 2015
This page is full of typos and terrible punctuation. Makes me sad knowing that this comes from the BBC. What are the standards for English these days. "Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly" "Out the flour ,cocoa powder,sugar,baking powder,salt and butter in a free.."
5th Nov, 2014
The cupcakes are lovely. More care in writing the recipe is needed, as well as correction in the method. Not actually a problem to me, but a newbie might actually wonder, what to do, after having been told to pour in half the egg/milk mixture but no mention when to pour in the rest. Also If you decorate with chocolate frosting, the recipe for it should be there!!
22nd Jul, 2014
Georgous!!! If you can get the batter into the oven without eating it all first!! Delish! I had never made choc cupcakes before so didnt know what to expect, but these were really chocolatey and moist. Made for a friends BBQ and everyone loved them! Making them again tonight for a friends birthday :D
4th Jul, 2014
This is actually the Hummingbird cafe recipe so frost with their chocolate, vanilla or cream cheese buttercream recipes. American cupcake cases are bigger than standard UK fairy cake cases, so it depends which you use as to how much you get out of the mixture. I use fairy cases and only half fill them (any more and they overflow making a crispy flat top that just breaks off when you try to get them out to eat) so I get around 20 cakes out of this. Really chocolatey and light.
5th May, 2014
I thought these were lovely. Really light and fluffy, very tasty and very easy to make. Perfect quantity for 12 cupcakes to come up just to the top of the paper (if you manage to divide the batter equally) - don't know what all the negative comments are all about.
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28th Jun, 2014
Yes your right. These were lovely , light, fluffy and very very tasty. But we got 14 out of it! Don't no what all negative comments are about these were lovely!!!!!!!!
7th Mar, 2014
Worked perfect first time round, even after 2 glasses of white wine:-) I just measured and poured all the ingredients into my vitamix, then blended on low for a minute, then poured into 12 cupcake sleeves. Filled each 3quarters full, and after 20mins cooking had risen rest of way. Let cool, then applied a vanilla butter creme, and chocolate sprinkles, delisious. My 2 year old helped me, they were easy and are tasty.


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