The Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This has to be the my absolute favourite chocolate cupcake recipe, and happens to be my most request cupcake too. I have gone back and forth trying different chocolate cupcake recipes. Reason I fell out with most recipes was I was searching for one with an intense chocolate flavour, but still light, moist but not dense like a brownie

How to get the dark almost black colour

Chocolate cupcake

It’s in the brand of cocoa powder! I find Cadburys cocoa powder will not give this intense colour. My personal favourite of the fairtrade varieties is the  Green and Blacks Cocoa Powder

Other brands i’ve tried and will give intense colour are:

  • Morrisons own cocoa powder
  • Marks and Spencers
  • Tescos own
  • Asdas own
  • Waitrose own but seems to have been discontinued as I’ve not seen it in store for a while

Ultimate Chocolate fudge cupcake


  • 115g plain flour
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 120ml buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 120ml freshly brewed coffee


  • Preheat oven to 150°C Fan/ 170°C Conventional
  • Sift flour together with salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into stand mixer bowl. Add sugar and mix well (I use my stand mixer with paddle attachment for this.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, egg and vegetable oil. Pour into dry ingredients and mix well on low speed.
  •  Add the hot coffee to batter keeping the mixer speed on low. It will be quite a runny batter (almost like the consistency of double cream) but don’t despair
  • Pour into into prepared muffin pans and bake for around 25 minutes/ until skewer comes out clean

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