Dad's chocolate drop cakes with chocolate buttons in cases

Father's Day cupcakes

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(35 ratings)

Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12 deep cupcakes

Dad'll love these easy cupcakes, make them really chocolatey or put his favourite sweet or nut on top - the perfect treat!

Nutrition and extra info

  • un-iced
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving with button

  • kcal492
  • fat32g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars38g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.32g


  • 150g pot natural yogurt
  • 3 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 140g self-raising flour (swap 1 tbsp of flour for cocoa powder)
  • 100g ground almond
  • 175g unsalted butter, melted

For the chocolate frosting

  • 100g chocolate (milk or dark)

    Chocolate ganache


    Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 140g icing sugar


  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.

  2. Add the yogurty mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon – don’t overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze as soon as possible.

  3. Chocolate frosting: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring halfway. Leave to cool. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the chocolate. Cover and chill for up to one month. Up to 48 hrs before serving (or the day before if it’s really hot), bring back to room temperature, then spread over the cakes. Put the chocolate buttons on. Keep cool, out of direct sunlight.

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Phoebe Farrelly's picture
Phoebe Farrelly
29th Jun, 2020
Delicious but dense.
Janec3's picture
22nd Feb, 2020
Made these with my 7yr old grandaughter. Really easy recipe to follow, as we didn't have time to decorate the muffins we froze them for a couple of days. They defrosted well and she had great fun decorating them with frosting from this recipe and small sweets. Great success.
9th Jun, 2016
Great recipe! Made as muffins, added dark choc chunks in mixture and also, since seeing on TV cookery programme effect of overbeating flour (gluten) in mixture making cakes heavy, I SIFTED flour with cocoa in mix and this did make muffins lighter. I did use all flour as no ground almonds, also 40g cocoa as other comments said, did make lovely dark chocolate muffins. Also, I spread melted dark chocolate on top with crumbled flakes over, these went down so well.
14th Sep, 2014
"Easily doubled or halved" This confuses me as there are 3 eggs which is not easily halved. How would I easily put half an egg in?
14th Feb, 2014
This is a fantastic recipe! I actually made a cake out of it rather than muffins which worked just fine - just took a bit longer to bake in the oven. I substituted half the ground almonds with dried coconut flakes and that worked really well to give a lovely coconutty flavour. Also melted dark orange chocolate and spread that on top instead of making the butter cream icing and that was fantastic too! Yum, will definitely be using this recipe again!
9th Oct, 2013
I keep coming back time and time again to make these lovely little moist cakes. Like most people have said, I also halved the ingredients for the topping and there was ample to cover them all.
25th Jun, 2013
Just made these, really pleased with the result. Adjusted as per previous comments, , swapped 40g of flour for cocoa and halved the amount of topping.
25th Jun, 2012
Made for nursing home residents to enjoy after a church service. I only made half the quantity of butter cream, and many thought the muffins did not need it, and the butter cream although nice, was perhaps a little much.
25th Jun, 2012
Made these for nursing home residents & they went down a treat! Recipe used was minus the ground almonds & they was really moist, I will make them again, but this time without the butter cream. Ps, muffins were quite pale in colour & not dark as shown in picture.
14th Feb, 2012
Really easy to make cupcakes and really yummy! Very fluffy which was a nice surprise. Didn't make the icing and replaced 2 tablespoonfuls of flour with cocoa as other people had suggested.


17th Jun, 2016
My frosting didn't set - could this be because when I added the chocolate it was still too warm? Delicious though!
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