Try these chocolate cupcakes, then check out more cupcake recipes such as our vegan chocolate cupcakes, Ferrero Rocher cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes and strawberry cupcakes, as well as our classic vanilla cupcakes.

Follow our expert tips on how to ice a cupcake:

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  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 100ml whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • 100g salted butter, softened and cubed
  • 150g icing sugar, sifted
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted and cooled (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases. In a bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt, and leave to one side.

  • STEP 2

    Beat together the sugar and butter using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. In a jug combine the egg, whole milk and vanilla together. In two separate stages, on a low speed, gradually pour the milk mixture before adding the flour mixture ensuring to mix fully between adding each.

  • STEP 3

    Divide between the cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden on top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

  • STEP 4

    For the buttercream, slowly beat the softened butter with the icing sugar until fully combined and velvety. Add the cocoa and beat again. Mix in the milk to fully combine. On full speed beat the buttercream for at least 5 minutes until fluffy and smooth. Working fast, beat in the melted chocolate fill a large pipping bag and pipe over the cupcakes in a neat pile standing tall.

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