Chocolate muffin recipe

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  • Serves: 12

  • Prep time:

    (includes 10 mins cooling time)
  • Cooking time:

    (may take 5 mins longer)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Make in advance

This classic chocolate muffin recipe will make perfectly soft and rich in chocolate flavour muffins every time, so you can rest assured they will be a success with your friends and family. Chocolate muffins are any chocolate lover's dream treat. Everyone loves freshly made muffins and these quick and simple chocolate muffins with delicious chocolate chunks are made in just 3 easy steps. This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins and will take about 55 mins to prepare and bake, so you can these lovely little treats ready in less than an hour. These muffins are ideal served cold with a cup of tea or warm drizzled in custard or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. As this easy muffin recipe is so simple to make, you could even get the kids to help you make them - they'll love the experience!

goodtoknow user, Rebecca says: 'I make muffins for a living and this is how I would make chocolate muffins. I've tried and tested this recipe and it makes the muffins really delicious.'


  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 175g caster sugar (or 125g caster sugar and 50g muscovado sugar)
  • 175ml milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 100ml mild olive oil (or you can use sunflower oil if too strong-flavoured)
  • 75g plain chocolate chunks
  • 1-2tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C, gas 5. Line a 12-hole deep muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Stir in the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and mix lightly together.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases. Bake for approximately 20 mins or until golden and springy to the touch. Cool for 10 mins; transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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If u want you can replace the oil with 100g margerine. This is what I d and they taste absolutely fantastic!!!


i made the cakes and took them in school to sell all the money is going to comic relief, the children cleared me out i have to make more for tomorrow and th enext day they are so good i tried one then two i couldnt stop, thankyou very much!!!


My children adore these, and they are so quick and simple to make. Perfect for sticking in their school lunch boxes.


Brilliant! Everyone loves them and they're so easy I can't stop making them! Thank You!


really, people are commenting on how they taste, isn't it all about how good the baker is? sam, maybe get someone else to make them, you seem to be acting quite rude to the creator of the recipe!


I made this for a local pre-school bake sale and they sold out really quickly. Smelt divine as they came out the oven. Next time I'm going to add some black cherry jam in the middle for a touch of the black forest gateaux!


these turned out brilliant they are yummy used 100g of choc as 70 is not enough! and not all of them was perfect in shape but oh well good easy recipe


instead of using sunflower oil can i use olive oil?? x


We made these last week and they were delicious plus they stay moist for a long time too. Didn't have muffin cases so uses ordinary cake cases and cooked for slightly less time.


These cakes look yummy! I was just looking for some cakes to bake for my summer party and these look delightful but they don't really get the colour and energy I want. My friend and I are just waiting for them to cool properly and we will try them out together. I hope they're good enough to please my 28 guests! Wish me luck!


Mine are just in the oven, I made them before reading comments... hope they turn out okay.


I have just baked these muffins and was worried after reading some of the comments. No need to worried, they are really delicious and very easy to make!!


we are making these now, we would reccomend not to put sunflower oli in the recipe as its sickly. they are perfectly fine without, thanks


I'm not entirely sure what your definition of "delicious" is, but these certainly did not fall into that category. Just made them and they were frankly quite abysmal. I would recommend not putting quite so much sunflower oil in, as this is extremely overpowering.


I really can't understand the comments made by some people, these are the best chocolate muffins I have ever made and believe me I do a lot of baking for both my family and friends. I have passed on this recipe lots of times to people who have asked for it having tried mine. Keep up the good work!! By the way my husband likes them just warmed through in the microwave as it makes the chocolate nice and soft.


i thought theese were disgusting and as for the flavours bluhhh yuk.......what do you think now and also i fed them to the cat and she turnt her head in discust........


I'm going to make these now, hope their goood!:)xx


Just made these muffins, and they have risen perfectly! I have adapted this like I do with a lot of recipes! I reduced the sugar to 100g, I only used 25g chocolate chips, but I also added 25g glace cherries, 25g raisins and 2tbsp desicated coconut! Of course my hubby and daughter said they would have been better if they were more chocolatey!!


I have made these muffins and the kids have loved them. They have not raised much but that i think is my oven, and I have reduced the suggar to 165 g. An easy to make recipe, will do again.


I agree with lauraCW not impressed I'm going to try again just to make sure though coz thay look to die for


I made these muffins to the letter on saturday and wasn't impressed at all. They had very little taste and although I kept them in an air-tight container, they were dry within 24 hours... oh well, can't be perfect all the time!! :)


Just made these today, very tasty, moist and light and not overly sweet. I used vegetable oil as I don't have any sunflower oil and I don't think it has been to the detriment of the muffins. Kids love them as does hubby who "doesn't like chocolate cake" hmmmm


These were so easy to make, they looked and tasted fantastic! The oil bit to keep them moist is brilliant!


This is a fab recipe. To make sure they turn out perfect each time,I beat the eggs in a separate bowl,then added the vanilla extract,milk and oil and gently stir. Then I gradually added to the main mixture,it stops the mix from being over mixed,and gives a lighter muffin.


They are in the oven now and they look fantastic!!! Have made as a treat for my son for when he gets home from school.. Didn't have any chocolate chunks but have chopped up a mars bar and added that instead!!! Am sure he will love them.


Made these and they look and taste delicious. I didn't have any choc chips but were still great. I've seen quite a few recipes, but these are the easiest to make!


thanks for the recipe! was so easy and turned out gorgeous!

Laura Darton

Just made them they look fantastic x

katie sykes

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Can you still make the muffins even though you dont have the vannila extract or will it change the taste of them?.


mine are crunchy on top and taste more like chocolate brownies...they are ok but when i was trying to make chocolate muffins thats kind of what i was expecting. i too was confused by the oil as have only ever used butter before. i found that the oil did not do much to the mixture-it remained dry depsite adding the right amount so i added a little butter which made it less dry but still not the way i expected cake mixture to be.


i only made 6 becuase i only have a 6 hole muffin tray so halfed all the ingredients but i forgot to half the oil so i made alot more mix than i needed. i also used vegtable oil since i didnt have any sunflower oil and no chocolate for the chocolate chips and they turned out realy nice apart from you can taste all that oil but they were so moist and tasty :D


Just made a batch of the chocolate muffins, they are absolutely lush, been looking for a good chocolate muffin recipe for ages, finally found one, thanks a lot


these taste so bad


This recipie is really good! But for the comments about them being dry... try melting the chocolate with a bit of Golden Syrip! Works wonders for the ones who like muffins a bit more moist! When I melted the chocolate though I didnt melt it completly. I left little lumps so I didnt lose the nice wee chocolate bits. :)

Rubys mum

Just made these with half the quantity in hersheys chocolate chips and half green and blacks maya gold chocolate. To say they are orgasmic is an understatement!!! Thank-you for a lovely recipe x.

gemma jones

I was wondering if someone could please help me im so stuck. i have bought a giant muffin mould as i want to make a cake for my sisters party. do you think if i double the ingredients on here it would work?? thanks


Mmmmm, even when you misread the recipe and use plain flour instead of self raising!! I used veg oil as didn't have sunflower. Don't know how some people could find these anything but scrummy!

GTK editor

Glad you liked them Angie and thanks for the tip! Jolene


Made these and they turned out moist and yummy...even better the next day but store in airtight plastic tub...I used dark cooking chocolate and cut into chunks with a sharp knife. Baked at gas mark 5 for 25 mins...fabulous!!


I don't know why you lot thought these were so good- ours tasted dry and oily and not at all moist and chocolatey and yet we followed the resipe exactly. Where is the butter? I don't think muffins can be made without butter but was worth a try I guess.


I have made these muffins twice and they are fab, so quick and easy and lovely and light! I used chocolate drops the first time and white chocolate chunks the second, both turned out to be delicious.


hey, i just make the muffins today but i used daily milk chocolate (im at novis at this cooking thing) and it defonately didnt taste correct, can anybody tell me what kind of chocolate would taste good for the chocolate chunks?


I love this web because it tells me how to make recipes I have no fricking idea to make.So thank fricking god


These are delicious. I couldnt get chocolate chips so I melted the chocolate instead and they turned out great! YUM YUM:}


The temperature should be 190 Celsius not 170... was wondering why they were taking so long until I checked the temperature conversion!


I'd like to make some chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate ganache on the top for a special ocassion. Should I used a chocolate cupcake recipe or it's fine to use this recipe as well? I ask this because the comments about this one are great! Please help!


i made these for my mum and she adored them! they are light and moist straight out of the oven, and they remain soft and moist after cooling down. only thing i would change about this recipe is to add more choc chips.


i just made these and they are wonderful! i don't have any self-raising flour so i used all-purpose flour and added some salt and baking powder to that instead. i also used corn oil instead of sunflower oil, upped the amount of chocolate chips and added a little cinnamon powder. the muffins are so soft and moist with very nicely formed tops! this recipe's definitely a keeper.


I love this recipe! It's very easy and the muffins are very soft and yummy, even without the chocolate chips. I have also added a bit of extra milk to make them softer. I'll definetely add this to my favourite recipes!


Really easy to make and they stay moist! I kept them in the fridge for a few days and they still tasted as though they'd just been cooked. Great recipe.


first time ive made muffins! simple to follow recipe, i put in white choclate chunks instead of plain, and topped them off once they'd cooled with melted chocolate and marshmallows. delicious!!!


Today I had a last minute muffin making emergency!....its my brother-in-laws' birthday and I forgot I said I would make muffins for the party, so I quickly made these and prayed they'd be ok.... hurrah! they are great, I used green and blacks cocoa powder, soya milk and dairy free chocolate buttons and surprisingly they look and taste fantastic! thank you!

Recipes ed

Hi Katrina Really you need to use an oil with no taste in this chocolate muffins recipe, like sunflower or ground nut oil. Olive oil tends to have a stronger flavour. Let us know how you got on :)

Loves to bake

made above muffins today, very easy to follow, mixture as expected, very moist - kids came home had one and then wanted another that speaks volumes. I havnt tried one yet but they look great


Great recipe!

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

oooh - good tip! Thanks


Great recipe easy to follow. I chop up a mars bar and put this in the mixture. You get lovely gooey crunchy bits, delicious!!

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

I like the fact that lots of people are adding their own twists to this recipe. Oil in the muffin batter will make this a very moist cake, and it should last a bit longer too. If you want to avoid any oil flavour in your chocolate muffin, go for sunflower oil. Enjoy :)


These are scrumptious !


Very nice u shud try them as they come out very nice and even if u change recipe a bit they still come out beautiful!! Lol XxxxxX


I loved the muffins they were delicous! they even worked with olive oil instead of sunflower oil. Demerara sugar instead of Caster sugar and no vannila. It was really nice!! Thankyou!


Made these yesterday, very simple and easy to follow recipe. However I thought I had more chocolate in the house than I did so I had to improvise. I made them with Galaxy 'Cookie Crumble'. They are amazing, with little crunchy bits through them!!


Made these for 1st time with my daughter whose off sick from school. Didnt have any choc chunks so used hard chocolate which is for cake covering - when warm lovely and gooey and very, very moreish...... Will make with proper choc chunks next time.


Great muffins, I have made them loads of times and they are always excellent, my son likes to make them too as they are so easy. Just taking another copy of the recipe to laminate it as the first one is covered in cocoa!


They were nice but deffently needs more coco powder!


nice muffins, easy and quick to make only problem hot custard or ice


Made these a few times now and each batch have been a huge success, i would use Maple Syrup over vanilla as a matter of course now as i think this makes them just that little more moist - gorgeous xx


I made these the other day, and they were the best homemade muffins ever. I have tried a few different recipes for muffins, and they never come out quite right, but these were heaven.


Gonna have a go at making these at my daughters school club today, hoping they will turn out good, as all the other recipies use plain flour and these are self raising.


I have made these Muffins on several occasions using this recipe and it's foolproof. Always very tasty and dont last two minutes in this household.....Husband and three kids love them...never dry either.


these are Very simillar to nigella's redipe

GTK Recipes Editor

Hi JODIE, you can go without vanilla, but if you have maple syrup you can include that instead. Otherwise just go without - the taste won't be quite the same but will still be pretty moreish!

GTK Editor

Hi Jayne - glad you like this recipe! Yes you can freeze these muffins. Once cool, pack them in an airtight plastic container and store in the freezer for 3 months. Leave to defrost at room temperature for a few hours. If they taste a little dry, pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds before eating. Enjoy, Jolene.


I have made these a few times and they are really nice. Could anyone tell me if they can be frozen, otherwise I'll just have to eat the whole batch!


Just found this recipe and it was perfect. If the recipe is followed and mixture lightly mixed it gives a perfect muffin. To top it i added some crushed oreo biscuit to make it extra tasty. Thank you xx


I have made these for my family this evening and they said "They were crunchy on the outside, moist and fluffy on the inside, like a chocolate cloud. They had a lovely chocholate flavour that was not too overwhelming." Their only criticism was that the chocholate chunks had all sunk to the bottom. I had no problems with the mixture being dry quite the oppersite, which would be why the chocolate sunk. Well I'm happy with that kind of comment, so thanks for the receipe.


these were extremely moist and tasted very nice though i may add a little more sugar next time or some caramel!! does anyone know the calorie content for one muffin??


Have just made a batch of these muffins, following the recipe exactly and they are moist and delicious! Top tip to stop them from drying out whilst baking is to place a small bowl of water in the bottom shelf of the oven. Will definitely make these again.

Charlotte Gunn

Hi Maria, you don't need to put them in the fridge, but we do advise putting them on a wire rack to cool.

MAria DOt

Why do we have to put the muffins in the fridge after we have baked them?

Natalia McIntosh

Love this recipe, the one and the only! Quick and always a success, my daughter loves the gooeyness of the cakes

Cristina Dirnea

I love this recipe, my muffins never looked so good and they are really yummy. As usual at a new recipe I add something that I like and here I added some ground of coconut and some ground of almond - they are muffinlicious ^_^ Thank you so much for sharing! xoxo, Cris

Jeanette Hughes

first time on here, just made these with my 2 year old grandson, licking the bowl, had great fun, fantastic recipe

Maya K Jones

try replacing 100ml of the 175ml of milk with cherryade or coke it makes them nice and sticky and absoloutley delicious

Natasha Lawton

These are awesome - I have been sneakily adding 1 grated zucchini to the mix....makes them super moist!! Today I am icing them with green peppermint whipped ganache for my sons birthday - looking forward to tasting them!

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

Yes. They'll keep well for 3-4 days in an airtight container


How long do these last? could they be made few days in advance?


i LOOOOOOVE this muffin recipe!!! thanks a lot!


I made these yesterday and they were lovely rich and moist. I took note of the tips other people had passed on such as beating the eggs separately with the vanilla, milk and oil and then added it slowly to the dry mix for a lighter sponge. I also added a little more cocoa and i melted the chocolate in the microwave and added it to the mix (still had some choccy bits in it). They were delish!


Love the recipe! They're really easy to make and depending on how you make them, they're perfect to make for everyone. I tried this recipe twice and well first time I pretty much failed but the second time they came out perfect! My advice is to use crème fraiche or any as such instead of milk to make them moist (and in that case you can also add a little bit more baking powder if you'd like).


have just made a batch of these this morning with my 3yr old son and he loved it and he loved tasting the muffins,so quick and easy and very yummy,will be passing this recipe on to some of friends...thankyou.


this recipe is really easy to make and kids just love to eat them at the end


Forgot about the Vanilla Extract, Chocolate Chunks and the oil...Turned out perfectly fine ;) thanks for the recipe!

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

haha - we hope Dad got one!

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

hurray! Glad you like them :)


Have just made these with my 8yr old son!! Very easy recipe to follow,extreemly yummy end result!!!!We are now down to 9,and my 11yr old son has just come in the kitchen asking for another one!!! Will have to hide them so that there are some left for dad when he gets home!!


This is the first time I've even made muffins, I usually buy them for my daughter because she is a chocoholic! I must say they where soooo easy to make and they got a big 'thumbs up' from my daughter....happy days :-)


I loved this recipe, and make these muffins regularly for my Grand-children. I usually double the ingredient amounts and make double the amounts as I have so many family members constantly nagging me to make more.


Thank you (from Australia) for this fantastic recipe.Two disparate palate eras-my teenage son and my aged dad both love this recipe.My dad has a heart worry so the light flavour olive oil is a great idea.


These were excellent and really easy to make with my Daughter who is 2. Daddy loved them!

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

Sorry to hear that. What did you use instead of the oil?


Made these yesterday - they are the nicest and easiest muffins that I have ever made - they were gone so fast will have to make some more! Thanks


Made these and they were bitter and certainly not cooked in 20 minutes... I dont know where I went wrong? - I used the ingredients exact apart from the oil and i added a touch more milk because it was too thick and wouldnt mix properly gutted...was really loking forward to these...

Stephanie Tate

Try to read a recipe - does it have butter in it? NO

Adina Rose

Do u add butter

Sheila Jones

They are so easy and quick to make . Also delicious.


SO E -A-S-Y and chocolately. Used Canola oil. Didn't have olive old or sunflower oil. Used choc bits. Cut back the sugar to 145grms. Worked perfectly...Pam


Thanks for the lovely recipe, my daughter can't take butter so the olive oil was a great substitute. The mix could make 24 fairy cakes or 12 large muffins. Was worried the mix was a little wet, but they came out perfectly, although my oven took 4 mins longer. Xx

Abilutely Fabulous

This is a great recipe. I made them with my 4 year old and other than measuring out the ingredients she did everything else herself. They were really tasty and we'll definitely be making them again. I should point out - I actually hate baking so it's nice to find a recipe that doesn't make me hate it more!

Sharee M

I love these muffins. I'd like to make it into a cake for an upcoming birthday. Would I need to change any of the ingredients or just adjust cooking time?


There is no bicarbonate in this recipe it baking powder


My muffins overflowed around the sides and the middles left empty. I do not recommend this recipe at all!also the bicarb soda overpowered the taste!


I make these al the time there particular good if you add mashed banana

pete - cakemaker

What do you mean by ' beating the eggs separately with the vanilla, milk and oil ', and also do you mean you added some of the dry mixture to the wet then stirred a bit, then added some more wet mixture to the dry then stirred some more, till it is all in ?


These are great! Easy and quick to make!!


can you use butter instead of oil or can you use vegetable oil? x


Quick and easy recipe and they look and taste great. Thanks for sharing


lovely recipe xxxxx


I've just made these and my kids loved them. Very easy and great result (see photo :) ). Very happy mummy! Thank you


Would it be possible to make these as cupcakes? If so, what quantities would be needed and how much would the cases needed to be filled with?


I make them with 200g of Blueberries, leave out the cocoa powder and add 25g more self raising flour. They are super delicious, the kids love them.

Charlotte Gunn

Love this tip Maya!

Charlotte Gunn

On the middle shelf is the ideal spot for them - hope that helps!

Darren Little

Where in the oven would you suggest placing the muffin mix, they came out okay on top but were still glupy on the bottom..


very quick and easy, need a little pimping, will try them with orange zest next time orange and chocolate is the best combi


I've made these loads of time. So easy and quick I'm just making them now or tea. As a treat I put a lump of white choc sticking out of the top which melts and drops into the centre....I now have reputation for them at work fund raisers!


Have made these muffins absolutely loads and loads of times and they are floolproof. These were made for my son's cake stall in school and had orders for more the next day! Many thanks for a fab recipe. Keep them coming!


great kids loved them. easy, fast and not at all messy to prepare

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