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Millionaires' Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes topped with caramel buttercream with a hidden shortbread and caramel centre.
Active Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 cupcakes


Chocolate cake

  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • 50 g milk chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 115 g soft butter/margarine
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp milk

Caramel buttercream

  • 150 g soft butter
  • 150 g caramel sauce - I use a batch of my homemade caramel sauce
  • 150 g icing sugar

For the hidden centre


Chocolate cake

  • Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan.
  • Line a 6-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Grate the milk chocolate (50g).
  • Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl (100g self-raising flour, 20g cocoa powder, 115g caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 115g soft margarine, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp milk and the grated chocolate) mix on a low speed until fully combined.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases.
  • Put the tin in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Once cooked, remove the cakes from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the caramel buttercream.

Caramel buttercream

  • Put the buttercream ingredients into a large bowl (150g butter, 150g caramel sauce, 150g icing sugar) and beat on a low speed until fully combined and smooth.

Build the cupcakes

  • Use a pestle and mortar or rolling pin to crush the shortbread biscuits.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop out the centre of each cupcake.
  • Add 1tsp of caramel sauce and then 1 tsp of crushed shortbread into the centre of each cupcake.
  • Put the caramel buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe the buttercream on top of each cupcake.
  • To finish sprinkle each cupcake with a little of the crushed shortbread.
  • Enjoy


Nutritional information is not provided as you probably don't want to know - it's quite a bit of running!

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Chocolate Cupcakes, Sponge Cake
Author: Charlotte Oates