Dark chocolate cupcakes recipe

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Dark chocolate cupcakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins (including icing)
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories480 Kcal24%
Sugar60.8 g68%
Fat19 g27%
Saturated Fat11.4 g57%
Protein4.6 g9%
Carbohydrates71.9 g28%

Our dark chocolate cupcakes are made with melted dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids. Perfect for Valentine’s Day decorated with heart sprinkles.

These dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream are the perfect blend of bitter chocolate and fresh mint flavours. You can opt for chocolate buttercream if preferred simply by using our classic chocolate buttercream recipe. It takes just 15 minutes to prep this recipe.


  • 6 1/2 oz of plain flour sifted
  • 6 oz of soft brown sugar
  • 3 oz of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs (separated)
  • 4 oz of good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 250 ml of semi skimmed milk at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract.
  • Pinch of salt

For the peppermint buttercream:

  • 4 oz of unsalted butter softened
  • 18 oz icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of semi skimmed milk at room temperature
  • Few drop of peppermint essence (to your liking)
  • Sprinkle hearts (optional)




  1. Preheat the oven to 160 fan/190/375/Gas mark 5. Line your muffin tray with papers x 12
  2. Cut the chocolate in to small pieces and melt in the microwave on short 30 second bursts, so as not to burn it, or melt in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
  3. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth. This should take around 5 minutes with an electric hand mixer.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks till light and fluffy and beat into the mixture. Add the melted chocolate (make sure it's not too hot) and beat well.
  5. Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Mix the milk and vanilla essence together. Add half the flour to the chocolate mixture and half the milk and beat well. Then add the other half of the flour and milk and beat well.
  6. In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites until soft peak stage and carefully fold into the mixture with a metal spoon. Do not be tempted to beat it in otherwise you will knock the air out of the mixture.
  7. Spoon into the cases and bake for 25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave for 15 minutes then place on a wire rack to completely cool.
  8. For the buttercream, put all ingredients in a large bowl together and beat until smooth.
  9. Once the cupcakes are completely cool swirl, pipe, or spread the peppermint buttercream.

Top tips for making dark chocolate cupcakes

You can make these cupcakes any time of year, just swap the sprinkle hearts for hundred and thousands or you could top with a mint chocolate or sprig of fresh mint if opting for the peppermint buttercream.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies