Chocolate-dipped cupcakes recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 18 min

These chocolate dipped cupcakes are so decadent and rich and one of our favourite chocolate cakes at Goodtoknow!

Not only do they have a chocolate sponge, but the tops are covered in a sweet and creamy vanilla buttercream and then dipped into melted chocolate and then left to set for a solid crunchy milk chocolate flavour on your moist sponge.

These really are a chocoholic’s dream! We won’t tell if you don’t share them with your family…


  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200ml boiling hot water
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar

  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Buttercream
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 200g milk chocolate, for dipping


  • To make this cupcake recipe, preheat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

  • Stir the hot water with the cocoa until smooth and leave to cool.

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside.

  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • Add the flour in one go. Then the cooled cocoa powder.

  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 18 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on wire racks to cool completely.

  • To make the buttercream cream the butter, gradually add the sugar until smooth and creamy. Mix in the vanilla and milk.

  • Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes using a piping bag with the piping nozzle of your choice attached. Leave to set for about 20 minutes.

  • Then melt the milk chocolate in a deep bowl either in the microwave or placed over a pan of water, and carefully dip the top of each cupcake into it.

Top tip for making Chocolate-dipped cupcakes

You can dip your cupcakes in any type of chocolate - we think white chocolate would be delicious!

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