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Chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles recipe

Chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles recipe

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  • Makes 12 cupcakes
  • 20 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 296 calories / serving
  • Freezable


For the cupcakes

  • 110g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 110g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs

For the icing and garnish

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 40g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 15ml boiling water
  • assorted mixed sprinkles, to decorate
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 25%
  • Saturates

    10g 49%
  • Sugars

    25g 28%
  • Salt

    0.4g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 34g Protein 3.4g Fibre 2.1g


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Line a 12 tin cupcake tray with cupcake cases.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the batter ingredients with an electric hand held whisk until you have a smooth batter; usually 1-2 minutes. Spoon into the prepared cases and bake for 16-20 minutes until springy to the touch and risen. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on wire racks.

Prepare the icing as the cup cakes are cooling; whisk together the butter and icing sugar until combined, smooth and fluffy. Whisk together the cocoa powder and boiling water to make a paste, then add this to the butter and icing sugar mixture and whisk again until combined and even.

Spread on top of the cup cakes once they have cooled, then decorate with the assorted mixed sprinkles before arranging in boxes and serving. 

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Bake according to the recipe but stop before adding decoration or icing if called for. Allow to cool completely. Wrap well in clingfilm and tin foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 3 months.

Loosen the tin foil and clingfilm but leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for several hours before serving. If you wish to serve the baked goods warm, place them on a baking sheet for 10 minutes in a moderate oven.

If you wish to add icing or decoration, add them after the baked goods have fully defrosted and are at room temperature.

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