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Chocolate muffins with swirls decoration

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

This recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes is a top secret bakery recipe - used over 100,000 times! Simple, easy, moist and delicious - the ultimate foolproof bake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 328kcal


Dry ingredients

  • 150 g Caster sugar
  • 120 g Self raising flour
  • 25 g Cocoa
  • Pinch of salt Optional

Wet ingredients

  • 1 Egg Free range, medium or large
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 125 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 300 g Icing sugar
  • 150 g Unsalted butter
  • 30 g Cocoa powder
  • Boiling water
  • Sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Beat the wet ingredients in another bowl.
  • Combine, by adding about two thirds of the wet ingredients and beating until smooth. Then add the rest of the wet ingredients and beat until smooth again.
  • Scoop into muffin cases in a muffin tin and bake for between 17 and 19 minutes or until domed and springy on top.

To make the icing

  • While the cupcakes are cooking, make the icing. Beat together the sugar and butter until combined. (This may take a while and look grainy at first, carry on!)
  • Mix the cocoa with a little boiling water in a mug, just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix it until smooth and there are no lumps.
  • Beat the cocoa mixture into the icing.
  • If you want your icing to be most soft, fluffy and pipeable, add a teaspoon of boiling water at a time until it's the texture that you want.

To decorate

  • To decorate, when the cupcakes are cool, put the icing into a piping bag fitted with a star piping nozzle (see notes).
  • Pipe a circle around the edge of the cupcake, continue with another circle on top, slightly smaller, and a finally tiny circle on top. Give the bag a squeeze, stop squeezing and pull the bag away quickly.
  • Add sprinkles!


Portions - This recipe makes 12 SMALL cupcakes or 9 LARGE cupcakes (always my preference!) The ones in the photos are LARGE.
Piping Nozzle - I almost always use a Wilton 1M nozzle, available on Amazon.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg