Chocolate muffins served on a wire rack

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6

Make chocolate muffins as a weekend baking project with the kids. They're perfect with a cuppa, and you can double up on the chocolate by adding choc chips, if you want

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal257
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 125g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 1 large egg
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 50g chocolate chips (optional)
  • 100g icing sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a muffin tin with six muffin cases. Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a medium bowl. Mix together the egg, sugar, oil and milk together in a jug, then gradually pour into the dry ingredients (add chocolate chips now to make double chocolate muffins, if you like) and mix until combined. 

  2. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cake cases and bake for 20-25 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. 

  3. Meanwhile, gradually mix ½-1 tbsp water into the icing sugar until you have a loose consistency that's not too runny. Drizzle the icing over the muffins once cool. 

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2nd Nov, 2019
I don’t know why I didn’t realise this was a strange recipe when I started but I wish I had. My biggest complaint is the look of them, they rose wonky and didn’t crack at all on the top, and therefore they can’t really be iced. As well as the strange appearance I thought they were quite dry and didn’t taste of much at all (although my partner said she could taste chocolate but I think she was just being nice). Straight in the bin. What a waste of time, ingredients, and money! I blame myself for choosing this recipe
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damien rose
6th Oct, 2019
Extremely bland :(
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Jennifer Hudson
14th Aug, 2019
If I hadn’t made a different chocolate icing I’d have been gutted, made the icing from link below and went really well with the muffin, sandwiched it and put in on top. Would add more sugar to the recipe.
flo fflach
20th Jul, 2018
I've just made these - with mini double deckers and caramel buttons put into them. They turned out really well, not dry. Soft - cracked on top as in recipe. But I would not put icing on them. I used olive oil and soft brown sugar. I will try with gluten free flour at some point. Tiny tiny negative point - they do stick to the muffin case a lot... but so long as no-one watching you can retrieve!
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Liz Fryman
11th Mar, 2018
Keep going to the icing stage! I nearly abandoned them as the basic muffin was quite bland and not sweet enough, but when i iced them, the combination was lovely. So keep going!
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Basia Pomalecka
8th Feb, 2018
I made this, the muffins grew to an extent then stopped. They didn't crack on top or anything and were fully baked on the inside.
1st Feb, 2018
Lovely! First time I had ever made muffins and these were really easy and came out so well. I just added some white chocolate chunks to the mixture.
22nd Jan, 2018
These were delicious! I added some chopped up milk chocolate and didn’t bother icing them. Easy recipe and will definitely be making again.
Kristina sutch
8th Oct, 2017
I had made the mixture, added chocolate chips and then I read the comments! And after reading them I thought - what have I done they're going to be terrible! So to try and get rid of the dryness and bland taste I added some orange liquor! (Not suitable for children obviously). And they taste really nice! Can't taste the orange but they certainly taste lovely to me!
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30th Sep, 2017
DO NOT MAKE THESE! I added orange zest to try to add flavour, but even that barely helped. Inedible. Very bland. Worst muffin I’ve ever eaten.


20th Mar, 2016
Anyone know if I can freeze this? My tutor group are having a bake sale on Wednesday for charity and I was wondering if I could bake them today, freeze them and then ice them the night before? Thanks!
7th Jan, 2017
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