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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream

Mary Berry Chocolate Cupcakes by Mary Berry

Celebrity recipe

309 Reviews

  • Vegetarian

About the bake

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

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35Total Time
20Prep Time
15Bake Time
12Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 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).

  2. Step 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. Step 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.

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes

    • 4 tbsp Water (boiling)
    • 40g Cocoa powder
    • 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
  • For the Buttercream

    • 60g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 30g Cocoa powder
    • 3 tbsp Milk (whole)
    • 250g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • A handful Decorations

Utensils

  • Cupcake case
  • Piping bag
  • Star nozzle
  • 12 hole cupcake tray

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