Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

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(76 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
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  • 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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29th Dec, 2011
These are incredibly tasty. I now make up occassions just to bake them. The last time I used white chocolate for the topping and it worked a treat. Also, another time I used milk chocolate for the sponge to make it a little lighter. Still amazing.
29th Nov, 2011
A little bit dry, but lovely really once the toppping went on. Used fairy cake cases instead. All in all my boys loved them.
7th Nov, 2011
Perfect. Not dry at all everyone liked them. I used a jug to fill the cases. Added to my collection.
6th Nov, 2011
Icing was lovely a light. The cakes were a little bit dry but they kept well
28th Oct, 2011
really lovely, i don't see the problem with them! They were lovely and moist and tasted much like a brownie, i didn't do the topping, i used them as a base for chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes! ( used a peanut butter frosting) the compliments have not stopped and i have been asked to make them over and over again!
27th Oct, 2011
After reading all the comments and suggestions, I tried a varied ratio of ingredients, different heat setting and different size cases. I have only made the cakes not the topping. I went for a small version as follows 100g butter 50g milk chocolate, 50g dark chocolate 75g light brown sugar 50ml hot water 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 egg 125g self raising flour Instructions as per recipe but with oven heated to 170 (fan) approx gas 4 for 20 mins. Result was a brownie type cake, moist but with a slightly crispy top. I would suggest that double my stated mix would easily make 12 MUFFIN size cakes. Both myself and my daughter preferred these hot. They had dried slightly once cooled. However that is my preference, I like moist cakes and am not a lover of fairy type cakes as they do tend to dry out quickly.
28th Sep, 2011
Just learning to bake and these were the first thing i attempted. Didn't turn out as expected, they were a little crunchier than expected and certainly did not cook in just 20 mins. I either got something really wrong (but followed the recipe strictly) or the measurement here are funny.
24th Sep, 2011
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, these are delish!!! i didnt make cupcakes but made fairy cakes instead. made around 36 small fairy cakes. i used dark choc in the cake mix but used a mixture of dark and milk choc in the icing so it wasnt so bitter. they were very tasty and the cakes were very moist and light. went down very well at the party i made them for and will defo be making them again in the future. i also left out 25g of sugar from the mix and dont think it needed to be any sweeter. all in all a lovely little cake. i dont think the mix would only make 12 cupcakes and could stretch to quite a few more!!!!
18th Aug, 2011
Extremley nice just finished eating them spongey and soft i would defunatly make them again
11th Aug, 2011
hey guys hoping you could help me. iv now made this recipe twice and each time the cupcakes have sank wehn if turned the oven off. both times it was at 140 degrees and the first time i cooked them for 20mins and the second time 25mins. they taste really good but i want to use the mixture at my engagment party so any help would be great cause they look rediculous at the moment


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