Chocolate Cupcakes

Living Magazines Michael Chakraverty 's Chocolate Cupcakes

Podcaster, writer, and former 2019 Great British Bake Off contestant Michael Chakraverty has shared his chocolate cupcakes recipe.

For the Cupcakes

  • 125g dark chocolate (minimum 56% cocoa solids)
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 5tsp instant coffee
  • 90ml boiling water
  • 120g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 5tsp baking powder
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 95ml sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  • Set the oven to 160c/150c fan/Gas Mark 3. Set out 12 cupcake cases in cupcake trays.
  • Melt together the chocolate and the butter in a medium pan. Separately, mix the instant coffee with the boiling water and then stir into the chocolate mixture until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sugar. Give it a quick mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract.
  • Mix together the wet ingredients, then fold into the dry ingredients.
  • Fill each case 2/3 of the way up and bake for around 25 minutes or until firm to the touch and a skewer poked in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

For the Icing

  • 360g dark chocolate
  • 450g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 450g icing sugar


  • Melt the chocolate in a small pan and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the icing sugar until pale and creamy (at least 4-5 minutes).
  • Fold the chocolate into the mixture, and use to ice the cooled cupcakes.

Download the recipe.

If you prefer a healthy option, check out Joy Skipper and the Alzheimer’s Society’s Healthy Carrot Cupcakes.

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