Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

I have been craving a chocolate cupcake and wanted to try a new recipe so came about this one by combining, mixing adding and changing a whole bunch of recipes – got a little confused with what to leave in, take out, change, increase and decrease but in the end came up with what I believe it the perfect chocolate cupcake. πŸ˜€ Β They are light without being too much like a sponge cake, moist with the softest crumb and rose a littleΒ soufflΓ©ish and settled down perfectly while on the cooling rack. Β The icing is pretty much my standard with the added sparkle of fairy dust. Β A few of my “taste-testers” also thoroughly enjoyed these, and highly recommend you give them a try. Β Added bonus: Β They keep very well so you don’t have to scoff them all in one day.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing


60ml cocoa powder
125ml boiling water
250ml cake flour
190ml castor sugar
5ml baking powder
2.5ml bicarbonate of soda
1ml salt
60ml oil
10ml vanilla essence
4 eggs separated (I am sure 3 would work equally as well)
1ml cream of tartar


60g butter
300g icing sugar
45ml cocoa powder
45ml milk
10ml vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180Β°C.
  2. Dissolve the cocoa in the water and allow to cool.
  3. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a bowl and make a hollow in the centre.
  4. Add the oil, vanilla essence, cocoa mixture and yolks and combine.
  5. Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until still and fold into the flour mixture, starting with a third of the egg whites.
  6. Divide the mixture between 12 muffin sized tins lined with paper cases.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool complete before icing.
  9. For the icing, beat all of the ingredients together for 3 minutes.


60 thoughts on “Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

  1. Just had dinner not a long ago and I was searching for something sweet, like this!! Too bad I have nothing around that I can munch on while I read your blog… Chocolate x chocoate = heavenly! Love your cupcake liners too!

  2. Ok, so I made these today BUT I only had a cup cake silicone tin thingy so it made 17 cupcakes instead of 12 muffin sized one. The first time I put the silicone thing in the oven was a challenge, it was like trying to hold a jelly in my bare hands and stuff it into the back of a van. I didnt realise I had to put the silicone cake thingy it on a baking tray first THEN fill the paper casings, so we nearly lost the whole lot on the kitchen floor on the first lot. The icing was a bit of a SNAFU as I used the wrong connection thingy for the mixer at first, then when I put the correct one on the butter was too hard and wouldnt get creamy so I added more milk, ha ha, very runny icing. However the cupcakes themselves were very light and delicious.

    • I am not laughing…it’s a bad cough I have… Oh M, I can just see you in the kitchen – bet the pups would have loved it had you messed it all on the floor. Well done, I am very proud of you! Yay!!! Have one for me after supper tonight. πŸ˜‰ xo

Don't be shy, leave a reply. :-)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s