Friday, 22 July 2011

Chocolate Fudge Cupcake Recipe

I did promise that I would put up the recipes I used for the Graduation Cakes so today I'm starting with chocolate fudge.  These are more hard work than the raspberry cupcakes but they are extremely rich in chocolate flavour and all dense and gooey.  I should warn you that I'm not the best baker, this was probably way more experimental than it needed to be with me adding extra water and syrup just because I thought it needed it.  I don't think they were quite supposed to look like they did, but they tasted good despite the fact the frosting was way too sticky and thick really to be you can see.

The recipe was taken from the old faithful Cupcakes and Muffins book and was one half of their Dark and White Fudge Cakes recipe.  The boy doesn't like white chocolate, but if you do make the frosting following the recipe below but replace the plain chocolate with white.

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

The following recipe is supposed to make 20 cakes, frosted half and half with white and plain chocolate fudge frosting.  Whilst the frosting recipe is therefore only for 10 cakes when I made this I only got 12 cupcakes and the frosting covered perfectly.  However, you may want to make extra and/or experiment first to see how far you get.

  • 200 ml/7 fl oz water
  • 85 g/3 oz butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 225 g/8 oz plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 50 g/1 3/4 oz plain chocolate broken (I used a 85% cocoa fair-trade chocolate)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 25 g/0.9 oz butter
  • 175 g 6 oz icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4.
2. Line two 12-hole bun tins with 20 paper cases. (As previously mentioned I only got 12 and used silicone cases.)
3. Place the water, butter syrup in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.  Bring to the boil, reduce the hear and cook gently for 5 minutes.  Leave to cool.
4. Meanwhile pour the milk and vanilla extract into a bowl.  Add the bicarbonate of of soda and stir to dissolve.
5. Sift the flour and cocoa into a separate bowl and add the syrup mixture.
6. Stir in the milk mixture and beat until smooth, then spoon the mixture into the paper cakes.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until well risen and firm to the touch.  (Whilst most cakes in silicone cases take less time this one did need the full 20 minutes but keep on eye on them.)
8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
9. To make the frosting, place the plain chocolate in a small heatproof bowl, add the water and butter, set the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water and heat until melted.  Stir until smooth.
10. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl and beat until smooth and thick.
11. Top each cupcake with frosting and leave to set.  Decorate with chocolate shavings.  (Or a giant chocolate button in my case.)


  1. See this is exactly what I'm talking about! Brilliant baking, they look so good!

  2. Yum! Yum! Yum is all I can say. This makes my saliva drooling. This looks like what my mom used to bake for us when we were kids. I think I might give this a try and share with my mom.

  3. Thank you :) You should definitely give them a go, they were rich and gooey and scrumptious. x

  4. What a gorgeous cupcake! And a chocolaty one, my favorite! Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Wow! Yummy Chocolate Fudge Cupcake! I think my children and I will love this cake. I can’t wait trying your recipe. Thanks a lot!