Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

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(89 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins Plus cooling


Makes 12

These bright and fun cupcakes are perfect for kids' parties

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal509
  • fat29g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars40g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.54g


  • 200g butter



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  • 200g plain chocolate, under 70% cocoa solids is fine
  • 200g light, soft brown sugar



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  • 2 eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • Smarties, sweets and sprinkles, to decorate

For the icing

  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 100ml double cream, not fridge-cold
  • 50g icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. Gently melt the butter, chocolate, sugar and 100ml hot water together in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, then set aside to cool a little while you weigh the other ingredients.

  2. Stir the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl, then stir in the chocolate mixture until smooth. Spoon into cases until just over three-quarters full (you may have a little mixture leftover), then set aside for 5 mins before putting on a low shelf in the oven and baking for 20-22 mins. Leave to cool.

  3. For the icing, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Once melted, turn off the heat, stir in the double cream and sift in the icing sugar. When spreadable, top each cake with some and decorate with your favourite sprinkles and sweets.

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6th Feb, 2016
I just had a go at these. Again, I read through the comments and adjusted some things accordingly. I didn't use vanilla extract at all and I baked for 30 minutes. They came out nice, well risen but slightly dense in the middle. Once cooled they tasted nice. Easy bake, but I think I will look out for a better recipe to make them lighter/fluffier.
30th Oct, 2015
Just made these, and they turned out really nice! As stated in the recipe, I wouldn't worry about using the finest quality 70%+ cocoa chocolate; you really won't be able to taste the difference. I did add about a teaspoon of instant coffee in the saucepan with the ingredients to be melted, to enhance the chocolate flavour. Also, try to put less in the cupcake cases as you think you need, because they do rise quite a bit and it's best to avoid the unappealing mushroom effect. I got 15 cupcakes out of the mix, and they took exactly 22 minutes to bake.
27th Sep, 2015
I thought it was weird you didn't have to beat this recipe, how will the air get in to make it fluffy?! But then I followed the recipe anyway thinking maybe it's like a brownie. I have dry, dense cakes, seriously disappointed :(
30th Oct, 2015
The raising agent is the self-raising flour. Hope this helps!
23rd Sep, 2015
I cooked these in my top non fan assisted oven and they were ready in the time stated in the recipe. They were absolutely scrumptious! Thank you
17th May, 2015
Oooh, I forgot to mention in my review below that the only difference I made was to put 100g of plain chocolate and 100g of milk chocolate in the cake batter rather than all plain, just out of personal choice.
17th May, 2015
This makes lovely large cupcakes - a perfect quantity for 12 of the muffin sized ones. However, after 22 minutes these were definitely not ready to leave the oven and i gave them an extra 8 minutes .. the results are delectable, light and fluffy cupcakes a little like a brownie but not as dense or moist. Taste is really lovely and my hubby said the scrapings of raw mix left in the bowl were delicious!! Hubby and teenage daughter both said not to bother icing these cakes as they were good enough without it. This will be my go-to recipe for chocolate cakes from now on.
11th May, 2015
I do a fair bit of baking, decided to give this recipe a go. Followed the recipe exactly, went to take them out of the oven, only to find that they had sunk in the middle! Was very disappointed
2nd Apr, 2015
I have now made at least ten batches of these delicious cupcakes in the last month! I have to because everyone who tastes them loves them! A superb and luxurious recipe Sarah! I even served them at my ten year old daughter's Harry Potter birthday - I cut out a penny sized hollow out of the middle and filled them with white buttercream coloured using food colouring either red, blue, yellow, or green (the Hogwarts house colours). I then sealed and topped them off with a great swirly cone of chocolate buttercream icing to make.... Sorting Hat cupcakes!!!! As each of my daughter's guests arrived, they chose a random cupcake, then they were sorted into houses as revealed by the centre of their cupcake when they bit into it!
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4th Jun, 2019
What a brilliant idea!!


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