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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2nd Feb, 2011
Made these with a friend this weekend and they were absolutely lovely - varied the icing slightly and used mascarpone but even so delish.
22nd Jan, 2011
fantastic recipe!!! moised several days later. work mates loved them x
13th Jan, 2011
I made these for my husbands office and they turned out great! I have made cupcakes in the past and they have tended to go a bit hard. These are beautifully gooey. I did end up cooking them a bit longer than advised but other than that stuck to the recipe. I'm about to do another batch!
11th Jan, 2011
These were pretty good - I made them for friends and they all thought they were great, the icing was obviously the best bit though! The recipe says it makes 12 - I made 24 and I'm not stingy! I also used the jug method and it made it a lot easier to pour into the moulds. I'd use this recipe again.
9th Jan, 2011
I've tried these a few times now and come up with the following tweaks... half milk and half plain chocolate in the pan works well (still keeps the dark colour but not so rich). Also, melted milk choc mixed with the same quantity of half fat creme fraiche (add the creme fraiche bit by bit and it goes quite whippy and gooey...and suprisingly goes a darker colour!) This makes the topping more to my children's taste and cuts the fat a lot too. Lovely cakes for anyone with a sweet tooth!
6th Dec, 2010
Goodness me, these are excellent little fudgey numbers!
27th Nov, 2010
These are absolutely delicious, very rich, perfect for a special treat.
15th Nov, 2010
Absolutely great. I used the jug method and got 12 muffins and 12 mini muffins. The first time i made them i used 70% chocolate and my husband ate 6!!!!! they were so good. The second time i used 54% chocolate and they were still good (the kids preferred this batch) and i managed to get them iced and they were delicious. These are now the requested birthday cakes.
13th Nov, 2010
Really, yummy gooey chocolate cakes, went down a storm and would recommend making again
12th Oct, 2010
Very well liked by the team at work - however I found them a little dry (maybe I baked for a touch too long). Very good nonetheless with a great intense chocolate flavour.


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