Tana Ramsay's chocolate heaven cupcakes recipe

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These eye-catching and scrumptious cupcakes are a treat for chocolate lovers and are really easy to whip up!

Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Tana Ramsay, celebrity chef and wife of Gordon Ramsay, has made these eye-catching and delicious chocolate cupcakes for you to make with your friends and family.

The recipe makes these cakes scrumptiously moist and a real treat for any chocolate lover but really easy to make and won't leave you in the kitchen baking for hours!

We recommend using Dairy Milk chocolate buttons to decorate these cupcakes.


  • 175g (6oz) unsalted butter softened
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • 25g (1oz) cocoa powder, sifted
  • White chocolate buttons to decorate

For the butter icing


  • 115g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • 50g (1oz) cocoa powder, sifted




  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4.
  2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar, using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer or by hand, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating after each addition. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
  3. Place the paper cases in a cupcake tray and fill each halfway full with the mixture. Don’t be tempted to overfill them as they will turn into a mess instead of a neatly contained cupcake.
  4. Bake for 15 mins, or until the cakes are well risen and spring back to the touch. Remove to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. To make the butter icing, place the butter, icing sugar and cocoa, along with 2 tbsp water, in a food processor with a whisk attachment, or into a large bowl (be prepared to use lots of elbow grease if you don’t have the asset of electric beaters). Whisk for 5 - 10 mins (the longer, the better) to give the icing lots of volume. It will become deliciously light and glossy.
  6. Generously spread the icing on to the cupcakes with a palette knife. Decorate with white chocolate buttons, then serve.

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Tana Ramsay
British author and TV personality

Tana Ramsay, born as Cayetana Elizabeth in 1974 in Croydon, is an English author and TV personality known for being married to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Tana originally started her life as a Montessori-trained teacher. Despite being married to a celebrity chef, Tana is also a successful cook with her own range of best-selling cookery books, which include Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen, Tana Ramsey's Real Family Food, Homemade, and Tana Ramsay's Kitchen Secrets. Having five children with her husband; Megan, Matilda, twins Jack and Holly, and Oscar, Tana says she centers her cooking around making food for her children and believes cooking together and eating together is the secret to healthy family life. So if you’re looking for lots of quick and easy family recipes, take a look at our Tana Ramsay recipes.