Easy Chocolate Cupcakes



These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.

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These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.

As promised, here’s the recipe for my yummy chocolate cupcakes, all ready for the creation of my build-your-own cupcakes index which I’ve been busy working on and will be sharing with you soon. The idea is to have all of my cupcakes and buttercream recipes in one place so you can mix and match (with maybe a hidden centre in the middle too 🙂 ). The index is also going to have a round up of all of my fancier cupcake creations, such as raspberry trifle, white russian or millionaires’ shortbread as well.

These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.

These chocolate cupcakes are based on the same recipe as my chocolate birthday cake, which gets its extra chocolate-iness from using a combination of both cocoa powder and grated chocolate. I’ve used milk chocolate in the recipe (as I prefer it slightly sweeter) but I’ve been assured by readers that have tried the recipe that it works just as well with dark chocolate too.

These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.

These cupcakes are topped with my chocolate buttercream. For a change I used dark chocolate (OK, I went to the cupboard and discovered someone had eaten all my milk chocolate – I’m blaming Jon!). The dark chocolate worked really well, I’d definitely recommend it if you prefer a slightly richer flavour.

These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Makes 12 cupcakes

You can find the recipe for the chocolate buttercream to top these cupcakes here.

Ingredients

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g soft margarine (or softened butter)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
  • 75g milk chocolate (choose something from the baking aisle in the supermarket as it will cope well with the heat in the oven without going grainy)
  • ½ tbsp milk
  • 12 cupcake cases

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan.
  2. Put your cupcake cases into a muffin tin.
  3. Grate the milk chocolate (75g).
  4. Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl (150g self-raising flour, 30g cocoa powder, 175g caster sugar, 3 large eggs, 175g soft margarine, ⅛ tsp vanilla extract, ½ tbsp milk and the grated chocolate) mix on a low speed until fully combined.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 cupcake cases (I use a  cupcake scoop to help split it evenly).
  6. Put the tin into the oven and cook the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes put a skewer in the middle and check if it comes out clean. If it does they’re done, if not pop them back in for a couple more minutes and check again.
  7. Once cooked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave them to cool in the tins for a few minutes.
  8. Remove the cupcakes from their tin and pop them onto a wire rack to cool completely.


These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 257 kcal (13%), Fat: 14.5g (21%), Saturated Fat: 4.9g (24%), Carbohydrates: 27.0g (10%), Sugar: 18.2g (20%), Fibre: 1.2g (5%), Protein: 3.8g (8%), Salt: 0.4g (7%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per serving (this is for the cake only and excludes any icing). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Corn-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

These chocolate cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. They get their extra chocolate-y flavour from both cocoa powder and grated milk chocolate. Perfect topped with smooth chocolate buttercream.


I’m sharing this recipe with the following challenges… Love Cake with JibberJabberUK, We Should Cocoa with Tin & Thyme and Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and CakeyBoi.

10 Comments:

  1. wow these look sooo yummy x

  2. These look gorgeous Charlotte and I love the idea of a cupcake library!

  3. I know these wouldn’t last long in our house! I’m often disappointed by the lack of chocolate taste in cupcakes but these look like they would hit the spot!

    • Charlotte Oates

      They’re designed to be chocolatey so hopefully you’d like them, just make sure you don’t overcook them as I find that it kills the flavour a bit.

  4. Those look delicious, shame I see them on the first day of Lent when I have just given up chocolate!

  5. These look so pretty Charlotte, but easy? If you’d seen me trying to mess around with a piping bag, I think you’d take that description off 😉

    Thanks for joining in with We Should Cocoa. I’ve pinned and hope to get the round-up posted later today.

    • Charlotte Oates

      It’s one of the only two styles I can actually do. Anyway who really cares if they’ve got neat piping as long as they taste good 🙂

  6. I tried these ones today (mind you I never made cupcakes before) and they turned out incredible! I’m so happy. I will be making these again on Saturday for my sister’s birthday. Just out of curiosity, can this be turn to a cake, or do you have a similar cake recipe that doesn’t have baking soda or baking powder in it?

    Super full of chocolate flavor! Loved them.

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