Fearne Cotton’s chocolate cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • These easy-to-bake chocolate cupcakes are made by celebrity mum Fearne Cotton and are the perfect treat for yourself and the family or to take to a charity bake sale.

    Radio One presenter and mum-of-two Fearne has teamed up with the homeless charity Shelter to make these delicious chocolate cupcakes for their Cake Time campaign.

    These chocolate cupcakes are deliciously moist with a vanilla chocolate buttercream topping – do we need to say more?

    We recommend topping these off with fresh seasonal fruit, particularly berries – we love raspberries and chocolate flakes and chocolate chips.


    • 150g butter
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 25g cocoa powder
    • 3eggs (beaten)
    • Buttercream topping ingredients
    • 250g butter
    • 500g icing sugar (sifted)
    • 2 drops of vanilla extract
    • 12 raspberries
    • Some chocolate flakes or chocolate chips


    • Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4 and lay out 12 cup cake cases on a baking tray.

    • Using an electric mixer, mix the butter, sugar, flour and cocoa powder in a bowl adding the beaten eggs slowly into the bowl as you are mixing.

    • Using a large spoon place equal amounts of mixture into the 12 cupcake cases. Place in the oven (near the top) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes – until firm to touch.

    • Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

    • Place the butter into a bowl, stir in the icing sugar and vanilla extract using a wooden spoon, then whisk until fluffy.

    • Put the mixture into a piping bag and squeeze plenty onto each cupcake.

    • Sprinkle chocolate flakes or chocolate chips over the top and add a raspberry to finish.

    Top tip for making Fearne Cotton’s chocolate cupcakes

    Make sure your cupcakes are completely cool before adding the buttercream icing

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