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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6th Mar, 2013
I have deducted a star because this recipe is incomplete and really it would be very helpful if it could be submitted again with the correct instructions and the icing recipe - or a link to it. Sorry to sound like a teacher, but it wasn't helpful to have to rush back to the computer at these points! However, my cakes turned out lovely and light and really are superb! As I couldn't find the icing I put chocolate fudge icing on top... Incidentally, for those on a low fat diet, I used skimmed milk and it was fine :)
3rd Mar, 2013
Beautiful recipe, will use this againxx
1st Mar, 2013
They are delicious and really easy to make! Definitely going to make them again as everyone seems to love them, including me :D.
12th Feb, 2013
best chocolate cupcakes iv made . i made mine with a chocolate orange and cream cheese frosting
10th Feb, 2013
REF to Chocolate frosting recipe. The seach on the webpage won't find it but if you go out into google and search there and look for BBC in the results there is one! Strange that.... here's the link
10th Feb, 2013
Agree with 'Chloeallen100' Wheres the chocolate frosting recipe? Ive searched the entire site - it dosent seem to exist. A simple link would have helped!
10th Jan, 2013
I made these at the weekend - they are so delicious! I'm a baking novice (i.e only baked three cakes in my life) and found the recipe really easy to follow and also managed to do the chocolate frosting - will definitely be using this recipe again!
3rd Jan, 2013
I made these yesterday - they are delicious! I actually doubled the recipe (and cooking time) to make larger cupcakes and they were still moist and tasty. I didn't realise this came from a recipe book - I'll have to add it to my Amazon wishlist!! Definitely adding this to my cupcake recipe favourites.
23rd Dec, 2012
Where's the chocolate frosting recipie? X
17th Dec, 2012
outstandingly good and easy to bake ! recommended !


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