Simple Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my go-to simple chocolate cupcake recipe – it is fool-proof, quick and incredibly tasty (and they are relatively low in fat too, if you compare to other cupcakes).

I vary the toppings (and sometimes eat them plain if I just fancy a quick chocolate fix), and this time used Marabou Philadelphia. I know in the UK they have a Cadbury version, and I am sure it is the same wherever you are in the world!

Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • 3 tablespoons (40g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (100g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (20g) cocoa
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1 egg
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2-3/4 cup (50-100g) icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) chocolate cream cheese (such as Philadelphia/Marabou)
  • 6-8 chocolate toffees to decorate (optional)
  • I use vanilla sugar in my recipes. See here for a handy converter.
  • I have converted my metric measurement to imperial. It's not an exact science so you may like to do your own conversions!


~ Heat the oven to 340F (170°C) and prepare a muffin tray with cupcake cases.

~ In a large bowl cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

~ Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and vanilla sugar and whisk until well combined.

~ In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk.

~ Pour the liquid into the butter/flour mixture and mix really well.

~ Bake in the middle of the oven for around 15-18 minutes. Cakes will be ready when a skewer comes out clean.

~ Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

~ Place the cream cheese in a bowl and stir gently until the mixture is soft (do not over mix as this will make it more difficult to pipe the frosting).

~ Sift the icing sugar and gradually add to the cream cheese; continue until you have a nice thick consistency ready for piping. Pipe over the cakes and decorate with chocolate toffees or anything else you fancy! Enjoy!


If you like this simple chocolate cupcake recipe, take a look at these:

Chocolate Salami (no bake)

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles


Simple Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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