Buttercream chocolate cupcakes

    35 min

    These chocolate cupcakes are a great alternative to a classic birthday cake. The chocolate cupcakes are filled with a creamy, vanilla-flavoured buttercream, for a delectable surprise in the centre. One is never enough!

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    Makes: 36 cupcakes

    • 375g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 30g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 250ml milk
    • 250ml water
    • 250ml vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 50g butter
    • 50g margarine
    • 250g icing sugar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Line 36 muffin holes with paper cases.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the eggs, 250ml milk, water, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well. Fill each muffin hole half-full of batter.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
    4. Meanwhile, beat butter and margarine together until smooth. Blend in icing sugar and 1 pinch salt. Gradually beat in 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Fill a pastry bag with a small nozzle. Push nozzle through bottom of paper cases to fill each cupcake.

    How to ice cupcakes

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    Not too sweet. Moist. Can add extras without being sickly eg a piece of dairy milk before baking or just buttercream icing.  -  01 May 2013


    Tasty  -  16 Jun 2012


    Sounds good, could you half the ingredients for 18 cupcakes?  -  01 Nov 2015