Chocolate cupcakes

    30 min

    This is my fail-safe recipe for chocolate cupcakes made with cocoa powder. Use whatever type of chocolate you prefer for the chocolate buttercream icing: dark, milk or even flavoured chocolate such as mint or orange.


    County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
    1040 people made this

    Makes: 24 

    • For the cupcakes
    • 60g good quality (70%) cocoa powder
    • 4 or 5 tablespoons boiling hot water
    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 120g self-raising flour
    • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • For the buttercream icing
    • 100g dark chocolate, melted
    • 60g butter, softened
    • 250g icing sugar
    • Chocolate sprinkles, for decorating

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / Gas mark 6. Line 2 - 12 hole bun trays with colourful paper cases.
    2. Sift the cocoa into a large bowl; add 4 tablespoons of boiling water and mix into a thick chocolate syrup, adding more water if you needed. Add the softened butter, sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder and eggs. Mix with electric beaters until smooth and evenly mixed.
    3. Spoon teaspoons of the mixture into the paper cases, filling them 3/4 full. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the sponge mixture has risen and the cupcakes spring back when you touch them. Remove from the oven; cool on a wire rack.
    4. To make the chocolate icing: Mix the melted chocolate and softened butter in a large bowl; sift in the icing sugar, beating with a spoon or an electric beater until smooth. Spoon into a piping bag with a number 5 star nozzle. Pipe buttercream icing evenly on top of each cupcake. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles or however you like.

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    The cakes are lovely and light and worked perfectly. However, the icing was far too dry. I would start with 100 grams and then slowly increase if required. Because I followed the instructions I ended up adding another 50g of chocolate and loads more butter.  -  11 Oct 2012


    I made these cakes yesterday for a hen party and although they tasted lovely, every single one came completely away from the cases !! So I'm now having cake and custard for the next week lol  -  26 Jul 2013


    Best choc cupcake recipe ever. After trying so many and all others sinking this worked and the cakes were gorgeous  -  22 May 2013