Libbie's chocolate cupcakes

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Chocolate cupcakes recipe
Chocolate cupcakes recipe
  • Serves: 12

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

This classic chocolate cupcake recipe is easy to follow and makes perfect chocolate cupcakes every time. This recipe makes 12 delicious cupcakes and takes 50 mins to prepare and bake. Learn how to make perfect chocolate buttercream too with this simple recipe. goodtoknow user Libbie sent in her chocolate cupcake recipe, which she adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery's recipe. Libbie says: 'They were yummy' and they look like it too! Rich chocolate sponges with a super-sweet chocolate buttercream, this is the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe and regularly voted into the top cake recipes on goodtoknow. Tried, tested and guaranteed by you.


For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • tsp of vanilla extract

For the chocolate buttercream frosting:

  • 600g icing sugar sifted
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 80ml whole milk

Decorate your chocolate cucpakes with fresh fruit including blueberries, strawberries or raspberries.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F) gas 3.
  2. Put flour, cocoa, sugar and baking powder, salt and butter in a free-standing mixer with paddle attachment. Mix together until you have a sandy consistency.
  3. Whisk milk, egg and vanilla in a jug. Slowly pour half into the mixture, beat to combine and then turn the mixer up to high speed to get rid of any lumps.
  4. Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and pour in the remaining mixture. Continue to mix for a couple of mins. Do not over mix.
  5. Spoon mixture into the 12 cases and cook for 20 mins.
  6. For the chocolate buttercream: Beat icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder together in a free-standing mixer on a medium speed. Turn down to a low speed and add milk gradually, once mixed turn up to a high speed again and beat for approx 5 mins and mixture is light and fluffy.
  7. Use a piping bag and metal nozzle to pipe onto top of cooled cupcakes.
  8. Decorate with blueberries, edible gold stars and glitter. You could also try decorating these chocolate cupcakes with regal iced cut outs or lustre spray.

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