Mary Berry Chocolate Cupcakes by Mary Berry

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  • 170 Reviews

    5 star rating

This foolproof Mary Berry chocolate cupcake recipe is pure chocolate indulgence. Children will love to decorate with chocolate strands and chocolate decorations.



  1. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, pour in the boiling water and mix into a thick paste. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat with a wooden spoon).

    • 40g Cocoa Powder
    • 4 tbsp Water (Boiling)
    • 3 Free Range Large Egg(s)
    • 175g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
    • 165g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 115g Self-Raising White Flour
    • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  2. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 paper cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F, Gas mark 6) for about 12-15 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the cases on a wire rack.

  3. To make the chocolate icing melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir in the icing sugar a little at a time to make a glossy and spreadable. If the icing is too thick, gradually add the milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Pipe over the cupcakes, sprinkle with chocolate decorations and leave to set before serving.

    • 60g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
    • 30g Cocoa Powder
    • 3 tbsp Milk (Whole)
    • 250g Billington's Unrefined Golden Icing Sugar
    • A Handful Decorations

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  1. 5 star rating

    To those who say that they are disgusting, I just want to say that im 9 and id never baked before and they turned out brilliant even a piece of cat hair fell in unnoticed but it still tasted good. You must of done it horribly wrong and you probably rushed them!
    They are delightful. 100%100

  2. 5 star rating

    Amazing im only 9 they were so fun i added sweets to the middle!

    Madeleine (9)

  3. 5 star rating

    Super easy I loved making them im only nine and i always see my sister making cake so i decided to give it a try. I even made them so they had sprinkles inside!

  4. 5 star rating

    Excellent cupcakes. Easy to make and so moist.

  5. 1 star rating

    really bad not moist do dry and no flavor at all super gross never try again super weird taste shape and not gooey or moist yuck never again

  6. 5 star rating

    100% making these again! Best cake recipe I’ve ever used!

  7. 5 star rating

    Hi what coco powder do people suggest to use?

  8. 5 star rating

    Can I freeze before or after baking and add icing when ready to serve?
    Hi there, it would be best to freeze the cakes after baking without the icing, just make sure they are well wrapped. Once ready to use, defrost at room temperature, add the icing and serve. Happy baking :)

  9. 5 star rating

    Best chocolate cakes I've ever made.
    I found I needed to add a little extra water in the first step to get a paste rather than a crumbly mix.
    I also found that for the icing, I had to alternate adding a bit of icing and a bit of milk, to make it easier to mix up.
    Cakes come away from their cases really easily.
    It did take me over an hour though!

  10. 5 star rating

    I LOVE these cup cakes so light and fluffy so easy to make and so worth it !! I highly recommend this recipe to any one which wants a great quality cupcake !!

  11. 5 star rating

    Absolutely great recipe. My all time fave chocolate cupcake. I have used this for ages, super simple and quick for an amazing treat. I forgot to sift the icing so it was a bit lumpy but I kept whisking and turned out perfect in the end.

  12. 5 star rating

    I’m only 10 and these were amazing and I don’t really like cake (but I love to bake) These look really nice too, Great recipe definitely recommend it

  13. 5 star rating

    Very nice cupcakes family enjoy them a lot.

  14. 4 star rating

    Gorgeous recipe, I find mixing up the Cocoa and water in a small bowl first until soft before you add to mixer makes a big difference. 👍🏻 Really light and fluffy cupcakes

  15. 5 star rating

    UN - believable! Love them! The steps were perfect and sometimes I get nervous when there is little detail but they were fabulous. So easy!My icing is normally too runny and this recipe was great. Highly recommend!

  16. 5 star rating

    Great recipe

  17. 5 star rating

    This was delicious it was amazing I love this recipe 🥰

  18. 5 star rating

    Super quick, no fuss and always delicious! I baked for 2nd time yesterday and replaced chocolate buttercream with caramel buttercream and it was heavenly!

  19. 5 star rating

    I am the worst baker and normally manage to mess up the easiest foolproof recipes. I fully melted the butter at the start so my mixture was much runnier. I used the correct tbsp of water but the cocoa paste was a bit dry so there were cocoa flecks in the mixture. However, the cupcakes turned out perfectly fine and very moist!!

  20. 4 star rating

    Lovely recipie and easy to follow xx

  21. 4 star rating

    Lovely recipie and easy to follow xx

  22. 5 star rating

    They were delicious and easy to bake.

  23. 5 star rating

    They were amazing!! I sometimes take the cupcake mixture and put it into a round baking tray so I can use it for my cakes!! I’m only 11 and I can make these in like 5 minutes. I LOVE them.

  24. 5 star rating

    I don't normally comment on cupcake recipes online but this one is worth mentioning. Love it! Tasty, yummy and totally worth the calories. Recommended to try and do it very simple and tasty.

  25. 5 star rating

    best cupcakes we've ever eaten. and super easy to make even for a littlen to follow

  26. 5 star rating

    Amazing! 👍Our family LOVES it! We've made it so many times, we're running out of ingredients! 😂😃😉

  27. 5 star rating

    Love these! Super easy to make. Taste delicious! I haven’t baked for ages but can already see myself making these on a regular basis. There goes my waistline!

  28. 5 star rating

    Made these with my kids and they are the best cupcakes ever! The buttercream is perfect and then sponge was super soft and moist! Not far from the amazing Mary Berry’s own chocolate cake from the store!

  29. 5 star rating

    Made these with my 2 year old (though granted I did most of it!), Very simple and so moist and fluffy! I used half the amount of icing sugar for the icing and just spread it on with a knife and it was great!

  30. 5 star rating

    My first cupcakes! Made with the kids. It was easy and delicious. Used a freezer bag as no nozzle, still a food finish.

  31. 5 star rating

    I love these cupcakes they taste so delicious I would give them a 10 star if I could

  32. 5 star rating

    I’ve made these a few times now. Super easy to make. I’ve used normal sugar and beaten by hand in one bowl they’ve come out fine. It’s nice to use cocoa powder rather than chocolate so they are not too sweet. My go-to recipe from now on. Love them.

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  34. 1 star rating

    disgusting cakes why would anybody like these

  35. 5 star rating

    Best cupcake recipe. Simple, no fuss and taste absolutely fantastic. Chocolatey, fluffy and the buttercream is spot on.

  36. 5 star rating

    Fab. So chocolatey and so easy to make.

  37. 5 star rating

    SO NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. 4 star rating

    So NICE, but the mixture was a bit lumpy when me and my made them. I would highly recommend,[Apart from the lumpy mix!]

  39. 4 star rating

    Nice and easy, but 4 tbsp of water is definitely NOT enough to make the 40g cocoa powder into a paste! I just kept adding until I thought it was the right consistency!

  40. 4 star rating

    I made them again and every time they turn out so fluffy! Love it but the mixture is always runny, unlike in the video.

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  42. 5 star rating

    The cupcakes were so soft and easy to make!!!

  43. 5 star rating

    I made these cupcakes on saturday,, GONE!! they was so delicious,, I'm making them again now! The cupcakes were so light and fluffy and they weren't dry whatsoever!!! Thankyou! xoxo

  44. 5 star rating

    Amazing, I love how the buttercream sweetens the cupcake. Very light and fluffy 👌
    Recommended for anyone baking for fun

  45. 5 star rating

    Made these with my 12 year old son and we absolutely loved them!! 🥰 has to go on my favourite list 😋

  46. 4 star rating

    really good cakes but took longer t bake than 15 minutes

  47. 2 star rating

    The icing is great but the cupcakes came out dry and floury

  48. 5 star rating

    Very delicious cupcakes. I've made them more than 4 times so far! Very moist and soft. But I recommend setting the temperature to 180 degrees Celcius in fan ovens as they can get a little burnt. I usually have to cook them longer than the recipe says. I use dark soft brown sugar for the icing and it's still delicious.

  49. 5 star rating

    Mary Berry your recipes are um-diddily- every time

  50. 3 star rating

    Is everybody using 200 degrees fan oven? I lowered the temp by 20 degrees for the fan and they were nowhere near cooked in the 12-15 minute time frame. They also sink a lot on taking out of the oven, almost like they are too dense 🤔
    If they sink after taking them out of the oven I would suggest that they are not baked enough. Try baking them for longer next time and/or increasing your oven temperature. Oven temperatures can vary a lot.
    Happy Baking!

  51. 4 star rating

    These are lovely. The only problem is the cocoa mix then mixed in With the rest is clumps in the mix, is this normal ? Still turned out lovely tho 😋

    It's really important to make sure that the paste is smooth and without any lumps before adding to the rest of the ingredients. This will ensure a smooth batter at the end.
    Happy Baking!

  52. 5 star rating

    First time making them, they are the best muffin I have tasted!

  53. 5 star rating

    So good 😊

  54. 5 star rating

    Easy to follow, was my first time baking cupcakes and they turned out really well. I didn’t use caster sugar as I didn’t have any, so I used normal white sugar and they still turned out perfect!!

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  56. 5 star rating

    Hi can you use Demerara sugar for this recipe?

  57. 3 star rating

    Hi can you use Demerara sugar for this recipe?

    You could use whatever sugar you have, using Demerara sugar will change the texture of the cupcakes though.
    Happy baking!

  58. 5 star rating

    Perfect cupcake recipe. So light with no effort.

  59. 5 star rating

    Love it, the taste SO good xoxo💖💖

  60. 5 star rating

    I love it as I love to bake this is a really fun, tasty and easy bake for beginners xoxo💖

  61. 5 star rating

    Cakes are so soft, light and fluffy
    Amazing taste
    Strongly recommend their recipe!

  62. 1 star rating


  63. 3 star rating

    ive started baking because of quarantine everything ive tries has been pretty good but these cupcakes they werent moist or chocolatey

  64. 5 star rating

    VERYYY tasty, easing and fun to make definitely recommend !😆😋

  65. 5 star rating

    These are so nice

  66. 4 star rating

    I haven’t made these yet but do you really have to use a specific caster sugar. I’m making them today and I hope they taste good

  67. 3 star rating

    I mean when I was dividing them up I thought to myself, these are going to overflow surely, and they did! Colossal mess of my oven! Wish I could add a picture, but make 24 with this recipe not 12.

  68. 5 star rating

    The best cupcakes and I'm doing it my first time

  69. 5 star rating

    this is so. nice and I highly recommend xoxo

  70. 5 star rating

    I made it at my home and it was delicious 🍦🥰😍

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  73. 2 star rating

    Tastes lovely, but it didn’t tell us to grease the edges so it was a bit of a fail! We are novices and tried our hardest!

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  75. 5 star rating

    We made this into a cake recipe Absolutely SMASHED THIS CAKE THANKI
    YOU 😆🥳🥳
    Ps we are only kids and made like pros

  76. 5 star rating

    absolutely delicious, highly recommend trying them

  77. 5 star rating

    Perfect. Made with gluten free flour and very light and fluffy. Best cupcakes we’ve had GF

  78. 4 star rating

    I made the paw patrol cupcakes for the 1st time with mum. That was 2wks ago. Me & mum & dad never tried the chocolate cupcakes before. Because my mum is going to make the chocolate cupcake before. 😿Plz let me and mum and dad have sooooommmmeeeee !?

  79. 5 star rating

    I never tried this before! Let me 😢

  80. 5 star rating

    yay i am only 10 and i could do these in a few minuits

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  82. 5 star rating

    Fun and easy.

  83. 5 star rating

    They were super easy to make. Highly recommend to younger ones

  84. 5 star rating

    This is the first time I have ever made cupcakes. I followed the recipe and was surprised at how delicious they turned out. I will definitely be making more using this recipe. I would recommend you try it!!!

  85. 5 star rating

    It is so easy i am only 9 and i can do it alone!!!

    IT IS SO GOOD!!!

  86. 2 star rating

    Just like another reviewer. Made the coco powder paste and added the other ingredients but was left with lots of lumps of coco powder in the mix.

    It's really important to make sure that the paste is smooth and without any lumps before adding to the rest of the ingredients. This will ensure a smooth batter at the end.
    Happy Baking!

  87. 5 star rating

    Great recipe. I had no baking powder so made them without and they were still delicious. I added orange zest to the mix and orange essence to the icing for a chocolate orange flavour.

  88. 5 star rating

    Extremely delicious! Nice and chocolaty but not sickly and the buttercream was amazing. I highly recommend this recipe especially for beginners.

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  90. 3 star rating

    Taste is amazing but for some reason my batter always curdles

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  92. 5 star rating

    By far the easiest, tastiest and best cupcakes I have ever made. So glad I found this recipe! Cheers Mary Berry!

  93. 2 star rating

    The cocoa powder and water was too think and refused to mix into the rest of the batter leaving it gritty, then to top it off, after cooking then for at least 20 minutes they were still soggy on the inside, I would recommend using milk instead of water next time and to also use less eggs 🤢🤢

  94. 5 star rating

    As a 58 year young grandad made these today, delivered to my two grandchildren, and people in our street,need to make some more now none left for me.

  95. 5 star rating

    I always use this recipe - so easy and quick and never fails to deliver. Great for beginner and more experienced bakers. Great for kids to make, too - and many have by the comments left. You can’t beat a bit of Mary Berry!

  96. 5 star rating

    They turned out like Yorkshire puddings but I’m sure it’s not the recipes fault so I have given them 5 stars regardless.

  97. 5 star rating

    Delicious, absolutely Outstanding!

  98. 5 star rating

    A very nice recipe. the only thing I did differently was to use smooth peanut butter in place of butter for the cream.

  99. 4 star rating

    really nice but can you use do you have to use a specific sugar?! really delicious.

  100. 5 star rating

    The best cupcakes I've ever made! So light a fluffy, just perfect 👌👌💖

  101. 5 star rating

    best cup cakes I've ever made. would highly recommend

  102. 5 star rating

    I’m only nine years old and I can make them in 5 minuets.
    They are so good!!! 😋😋😋

  103. 5 star rating

    Lovely cupcakes, taste so good. Would recommend

  104. 5 star rating

    best. chocolate cupcakes. EVER! These rose beautifully and were so light and fluffy. They were super easy to make, so I would recommend this if you have kids. Definitely making these again

  105. 5 star rating

    best. cupcakes. EVER! Omg they were so light and fluffy, and weren't too sweet either. Super easy to make, so if You are a beginner, I highly recommend these to you. Definitely making these again! 😁

  106. 5 star rating

    Easy to make and so delicious. A big hit with my family.

  107. 3 star rating

    Not sure what I did wrong but I ended up with lumps of coco throughout my batter. Followed the instructional video and have baking skill so struggling to figure out what went wrong.

  108. 5 star rating

    Very good I love them

  109. 5 star rating

    Very very delicious

  110. 5 star rating

    Made these for the second time. Great recipe! So moist!

  111. 5 star rating

    Easy and delicious 😋

  112. 5 star rating

    Cakes are amazing and so easy to make !

  113. 5 star rating

    love this recipe ! keep coming back to make them

  114. 5 star rating

    Great recipe! Loved the cakes! Yum!

  115. 5 star rating

    They rose well and tasted so good, quick and easy to make, highly recommend

  116. 5 star rating

    Nice cakes and can make them dairy free.

  117. 5 star rating

    The best chocolate cupcakes I have ever made! Will never use another recepie!!

  118. 5 star rating

    amazing the cake is so moist and chocolatey they are the best cakes i have ever maid

  119. 5 star rating

    Fool proof. The easiest and yummiest, lightest cakes to make. I use dairy free margarine due to allergies here and they are always delicious. Today I’d run out of caster sugar and used light brown sugar and they still rose and tasted great as always. Definitely my go to cupcake recipe for the last couple of years!

  120. 5 star rating

    Really good mmm

  121. 5 star rating

    They was the best cakes I've ever made Xx

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  123. 5 star rating

    Extremely good recipe, considering no baking tools needed.😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

  124. 5 star rating

    me and my mum aced it because it was so easy and delicious

  125. 5 star rating

    i love these cupcakes absolutely amazing!

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  127. 5 star rating

    Amazing I'm glad I didn't give up chocolate for lent

  128. 4 star rating

    this recipe looks sooooooooooooo easy. Lets see if it looks and tastes as good as it seems

  129. 5 star rating

    These were delicious I defiantly recommend them!
    I'm such a novice baker but I feel as though I just one the British bake off
    They are so fluffy and really big (lucky me)

    Elouise (age 8)

  130. 5 star rating

    Very good they didn’t sink in like the cupcakes I usually make

  131. 5 star rating

    Hi, can I use this recipe to bake one big cake?

  132. 5 star rating

    Cakes were amazing but the cases came away from the cake! Will definitely try again with better cases this time!

  133. 5 star rating

    Amazing i doubled the recipe and made 36 cakes it was gone so quickly highly recommended

  134. 5 star rating

    I am a traditional 4,4,4 and 2 cake maker, but am totally amazed by this recipe (cheated by adding choc chips to make double choc), and will definitely be using this recipe as my go to base for all flavours of cupcakes. Cakes are so light and fluffy - a winner with my family!!!!

  135. 5 star rating

    Simple recipe
    Easy to make with or without mixer. Very light and fluffy a favourite with every one.

  136. 5 star rating

    Always find Mary Berrys recipes are the best, well thought out but looking professional. Lemon drizzle cake another super one

  137. 5 star rating

    Gonna try this today . Excited for the result

  138. 5 star rating

    once i tried them i fell in love with the recipe .

  139. 5 star rating

    These were so easy to make, especially for a novice baker, and I am so impressed with the results! They look and taste like bakery bought cakes.... and that’s despite me forgetting to add the baking soda!

  140. 5 star rating

    This is a great recipe!!!

  141. 5 star rating

    This is great!!!!

  142. 5 star rating

    once i tried them i fell in love with the recipe .

  143. 5 star rating

    Brilliant cupcakes. My daughter loved making (and eating) these!! 😁

  144. 5 star rating

    Quick and easy. Delicious. Would never use another choc cupcake recipe now! Just piped a star on each and had quite lot of icing left over.

  145. 5 star rating

    Good considering the minimal effort needed.

  146. 5 star rating

    Amazing cakes my daughter had to make some for school and they were the best cakes they brilliant.

  147. 5 star rating

    The cake tastes like heaven and the recipe is SO easy! Not a better set of cupcakes.

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  149. 5 star rating

    great recipe used multiple times now and always pleases

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  151. 5 star rating

    Quick. Easy and delicious!! Will be making again

  152. 5 star rating

    Delicious and easy to make, I couldn’t make the paste right and it went a bit lumpy ,I think I needed more milk than 3 tbsp but it didn’t make any difference as it wasn’t lumpy in the finalised cakes, they went down with my children very fast indeed!

  153. 5 star rating

    These cupcakes are amazing! I was able to make 17 and they were gone in a flash!

  154. 5 star rating

    Amazing cupcakes so fluffy got 14 cakes out of the recipe but could be because I used cupcake cases rather than muffin cases very easy to make highly recommended

  155. 5 star rating

    Extremely easy to follow and a new favorite. Could definately work on my own piping bag skills although apart from that theyre perfect.

  156. 5 star rating

    if i double the amount on the recipie would it be ok

  157. 5 star rating

    Easy to follow & light, fluffy cakes! Family soon polished them off!

  158. 5 star rating

    Easy to follow & light, fluffy cakes! Family soon polished them off!

  159. 5 star rating

    Made 14 of these on Good Friday using half the volume of icing and spread with a knife. Put a small chocolate egg on each one to decorate, Very light and tasty, so have made another batch today - 18 cupcakes!

  160. 5 star rating

    oh my god .. I made these yesterday to put in my kids Easter box (not really kids anymore 28,22,21) anyway like a fool I forgot to put butter in ( had put on radiator to speed up softening and forgot it) they STILL TURNED OUT AMAZING and very much healthier too ... well impressed

  161. 5 star rating

    Fantastic cupcakes were a real hit in my house. Very easy to make will defiantly making these again. We added some choc chips too as needed to use them up.

  162. 5 star rating

    Baked these tonight for work, first attempt and they turned out beautiful ... colleagues will be impressed ... I will continue to use this easy recipe and bake fabulous cupcakes !!!

  163. 5 star rating

    These are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made! So quick and simple to make and the amount of compliments I’ve had saying they taste amazing! If making for adults I always add a bit of Baileys which works really well.
    Will never use another recipe for cupcakes now I’ve found this one!

  164. 5 star rating

    I changed those slightly ti make them Dairy and gluten free and no one knew, they were gone in about 10 mins! Only recipe I will use now. Yummy 😋

  165. 5 star rating

    Great baking these. I made them for a children in need bake sale and they ran out almost immediately! 💛

  166. 5 star rating

    I’m a complete amateur and had an absolute mare but through no fault of the recipe.. I forgot to soften the butter, my icing curdled (I saved it by adding warm milk to it) and then my piping bag burst. I soldiered through and it has resulted in delicious cupcakes that don’t quite look like the picture but near enough! Will definitely make these again!

  167. 5 star rating

    A nice easy recipe that kids can join in with. The cupcakes are delicious and very moist. Yum Yum!

  168. 5 star rating

    Have baked many chocolate cupcakes but these have been credited with being the best chocolate cupcakes ever!! So easy to make, the icing was simple & not too sweet.

  169. 5 star rating

    This is my favourite cupcake recipe and its super easy to! I highly recommend them

  170. 5 star rating

    This is my favourite cupcake recipe and its super easy to! I highly recommend them

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