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Yummy quick and easy chocolate cupcakes recipe with chocolate buttercream icing and a chocolate melting middle - Eats Amazing UK
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Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

Deliciously easy chocolate cupcakes recipe with chocolate buttercream icing and a chocolate melting middle.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Cooling & Decorating20 mins
Total Time47 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 cupcakes
Author: Grace


  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g golden granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 120 g self raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 1 pouch Chocolate Surprise Inside Cupcake Centres*
  • For the icing:
  • 140 g lightly salted butter
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 4 tbs  cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips to decorate (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4/350°F). Line a muffin tin with 10 muffin cases.
  • Weigh out the butter, sugar and eggs into a mixing bowl. Sift the flour and cocoa powder over the top, then whisk the ingredients together with an electric whisk until the mixture is completely blended and creamy (you could also whisk by hand, but be sure to soften the butter first if you do).
  • Divide the mixture equally between the 10 cupcake cases and smooth the tops. Pop into the preheated oven and bake for 16-18 minutes until risen and golden.
  • Once the cakes are cool enough to handle (but still warm), fill each cake with the chocolate cupcake centre mixture, following packet instructions. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.
  • Once completely cool, make the icing. Soften the butter slightly (weigh it out and pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds if using straight from the fridge), then whisk with an electric whisk until creamy.
  • Sift half of the icing sugar and half of the cocoa powder into the bowl with the butter and whisk until combined (this may take a little while to come together, so do persevere with it). Sift in the rest of the icing sugar and cocoa powfer, then whisk until combined and smooth.
  • Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a large closed star nozzle. Pipe a generous swirl on top of each cake and top with chocolate chips if wanted.


NOTES: The cupcake centres I used to add the melting middles are made by Dr. Oetker, come in a pouch and can be found in the baking aisle of most supermarkets. It's a great little shortcut for extra impressive cupcakes!