Chocolate cupcakes.

I baked some cupcakes to take in to work today. Usually vanilla is my staple but these chocolate ones are just so good! They're from the Hummingbird bakery cookbook. Very light but moist. Perfect!

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g soft unsalted butter
120ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate frosting
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, very soft
30g cocoa powder, sifted
45ml whole milk

- Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl and beat on a slow speed with an electric hand mixer until well combined and a sandy consistency.
- Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together in a jug and add half to the dry mixture. Beat slowly to combine and then more quickly to beat out any lumps.
- Add the remaining liquid mixture and beat slowly to combine. Do not overmix.
- Transfer the mixture into the cake cases until 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven until they spring back to the touch. A skewer inserted should come out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before frosting.

- For the frosting, beat the butter, sugar and cocoa powder together until well combined.
- Add the milk and beat to combine. The mixture will come together into a big lump. Keep beating for a few minutes, you will see it get lighter in colour and texture.
- Spoon or pipe onto the cupcakes.

Before I go, you know I recently interview Carla of MessyCarla, well she interviewed me too! Check it out here. Thanks Carla!


  1. I should NOT have opened this post - I'm absolutely starving at the minute and seeing how gorgeous these look hasn't helped!!

  2. How do you do the frosting like that? Is it with an icing bag? It looks fantastic!

  3. Cheers for the linkage! :)
    My cupcakes always come out heavy - do you reckon it's because I'm overbeating them? Hmmm.

  4. Mmmmm, they look delicious.


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