Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy, Quick, Kids cooking, child friendly, holiday activity,

I don’t know about your children but whenever mine want to bake it invariably has to involve chocolate! Well I say that, my son has only ever baked one cake at home (chocolate) for a science lesson, but my daughter is a very keen baker and if it doesn’t involve chocolate she’s not happy! With the summer holidays having already started for some and about to start this week for others I thought it would be good to share this simple chocolate cupcake recipe with you that my 10 year daughter made recently. I adapted it from the The Complete Cookbook (Colour Library Books 1988) a recent charity shop find and changed the topping which wasn’t very child friendly! I think children of all ages will be able to have a go at these cupcakes with just a little extra help for the very young.

Easy, Quick, Kids cooking, child friendly, holiday activity,

Why not invite your children’s friends around to help and then they can have a tea party in the garden or take the cakes off on a picnic. Not only are these cakes simple to make but they taste really good and very chocolaty! Hopefully they will encourage your children to venture into further culinary adventures in the kitchen if they’ve not had much experience until now.


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Chocolate Cupcakes
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Delicious rich dark chocolate coated cupcakes which children will find easy to make with a little help!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 18
  • 85g Self-raising flour
  • 30g Cocoa powder
  • 115g Soft margarine
  • 115g Caster sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • Topping:
  • 100g Dark chocolate
  • Large knob of unsalted butter
  • Smarties/sweets to decorate
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180⁰C.
  2. Line 2 cup cake trays with 18 paper cake cases (the small ones ie not muffin size).
  3. Sieve the flour and cocoa into a bowl and add all the other ingredients.
  4. Mix together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  5. Spoon into the paper cake cases.
  6. Bake on the middle shelf for 13 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean or cakes spring back to the touch.
  7. Allow the cakes to sit for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  8. To make the topping break the chocolate up into a glass bowl with the butter and melt it over a pan of simmering water stirring with a wooden spoon.
  9. Use a teaspoon to decorate the cakes with the chocolate topping, giving a little swirl with the back of the spoon to spread it out evenly and then add a Smartie/sweet to finish.

Easy, Quick, Kids cooking, child friendly, holiday activity,

Here are a few other child friendly recipes they might also like to try:

Chocolate Drizzle Flapjack and How to Make Fondant Rose Biscuits – me
Cheats Peach & Strawberry Danish Pastries – Fish Fingers for Tea
Cheese Scones – Tinned Tomatoes
Easy Bake Sale Brownies – Feeding Boys and a Firefighter
Home Made Fab Ice Lollies – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Coconut Ice – Baby Centre Blog
Plant Pot Bread – A Mummy Too
No Bake Simple and Effective Castle Cake – Fuss Free Flavours
Spiced Rhubarb and Apple Hand Pies – Franglais Kitchen
Mars Bar Krispies – Greedy Gourmet

I am entering these Chocolate Cupcakes into  a few events:

Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours & is hosted by Maison Cupcake this month..
Honest Mum’s Tasty Tuesdays
A Mummy Too’s Recipe of the Week
Supergolden Bakes Cook Blog Share

Credit Crunch MunchTasty Tuesdaysrecipe-of-the-weekCookBlogShare


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  1. Amy Fidler

    Can’t beat a simple cup cake recipe,to bake with the kids x

    1. Camilla

      Or my daughter now bakes cupcakes while we’re out:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    These look so yummy! I just love chocolate, especially with & in cupcakes.

  3. Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

    These look like what I used to make with my mum all the time as a kiddo – great shout!

    1. Camilla


  4. Maya Russell

    Perfect, classic recipe. My children also love everything with chocolate in.

    1. Camilla

      Don’t we all:-)

  5. Jane Davies

    Can’t beat a good ole chocolate cupcake 😀 I love them as much as the kids do !

    1. Camilla

      You’re so right:-)

  6. Kaci Soderstrom

    Oh wow these look super yummy

  7. Allison Grant

    These look really tasty. I know my daughter would love making them along with me.

    1. Camilla

      Yes perfect for making with kids:-)

  8. Liam Bishop

    These look super tasty! I think chocolate cupcakes are always the best flavour of cupcake!

  9. William Gould

    Fab! Just a small tweak to the standard cupcake recipe could make so much difference!

  10. Anne Dalzell

    Yum, delicious, easy and probably eaten in one sitting!

  11. Irene Wright

    you put the magic word in the heading – CHOCOLATE!!!!
    These do look lovely – I can taste them now.

  12. Ann Robinson

    Anytime is always the right time for cupcakes

    1. Camilla

      Especially if there’s chocolate involved;-)

  13. Maddy

    I’m really looking forward to trying this one 🙂

    1. Camilla

      My daughter makes these all the time now:-)

  14. Ursula Hunt

    gorgeous recipe the children will love these

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’m sure they will:-)

  15. Emily @amummytoo

    Lovely! Miss J is requesting we make a batch 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky just went live for this week 🙂 x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) They are great, my friend’s daughter knocked up a batch with the help of my daughter the other day and they are so quick to make:-)

  16. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    A chocolate cupcake always hits the spot. Thanks for submitting to CCM.

    1. Camilla

      You hit the nail on the head:-)

  17. Carolyn Clapham

    Those look lovely. I’ll make them with the grandchildren – they are not allowed to eat too many, so I will have a good excuse to eat most of them myself 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Good thinking:-)

  18. Geoff Clark

    These look yummy, maybe cutting down on cakes can wait until next month

    1. Camilla


  19. blueberry88

    These look lovely! I will be making them in the school holidays with my children, thanks for the recipe 🙂

  20. Honest Mum

    Perfection! I love your recipes and blogs, your photos are stunning and adore that this came from an old recipe book because that’s the beauty of recipes, they are timeless! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Aah Vicki that is so lovely of you to say:-)

  21. Julie's Family Kitchen

    Delicious looking chocolate cupcakes, a great recipe to keep the kids occupied in the holidays.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I’m sure they’ll be making a repeat performance very soon:-)

  22. Caroline Hooper (My Family Ties)

    They sound really yummy I will have to make them for my girls I am sure they will love them! thank you 🙂

  23. Alison Johnson

    These look so yummy!

  24. Carolin

    They look delicious, will try them with my boys, they love making cupcakes 🙂

  25. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Quick, hide this image from my kiddoes. Otherwise I am in trouble…

    1. Camilla

      LOL Bintu:-)

  26. samanthapsharpe

    These look so yummy!

  27. Irene Wright

    you said the magic word first – CHOCOLATE!!
    And, cupcakes, I can eat anytime.
    Must try this at home!!

    1. Camilla

      Great – enjoy:-)

  28. jrhymer

    These are delicious – I use your recipe and make them with my children often 🙂

  29. Sally - My Custard Pie

    They look lovely and gooey 🙂

    1. Camilla

      They are:-)

  30. bev

    Now they do look delish!

  31. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)

    I love the fact that this is an 1980s recipe from a Charity Shop find…have been trawling ebay myself for a copy of my old school cookery text book! Some times the classics really are the best. Love the photos and links to other child friendly recipes too.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, good luck finding your text book!

  32. Heather Haigh

    They look lovely and gooey just as chocolate cakes should. mmm

    1. Camilla

      Thanks they were very good:-)

  33. Lucy Parissi

    Yeah both my kids would prefer it if every single thing I make either is made of chocolate or has chocolate frosting on it at the very least. Sometimes chocolate is essential!

    Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare – check out the other entries on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/supergolden88/cookblogshare/
    and Google+

    1. Camilla

      Not just my kids then:-)

  34. Paul Wilson

    They look soooo good.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they were:-)

      1. Paul Wilson

        I was gonna ask you to send the leftovers before they melted!

  35. Fish Fingers for tea

    You can’t beat a good chocolate cupcake! Always tasty and fun for the kids to do themselves (or at least with minimal adult supervision!). Thank you for mentioning my Danish pastries!

    1. Camilla

      Pleasure Sian:-)

  36. angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    Lovely little cakes, when my niece visits she always wants to bake chocolate cakes too.


    1. Camilla

      Thank you, has to be a girl thing – we need chocolate:-)

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