Tasty Tuesday - No fuss Chocolate Cupcakes

My son volunteered that he will take chocolate cupcakes for his teacher's birthday tomorrow... baked by his mum the night before while he was soundly asleep. Every mum needs a go-to recipe for these surprise bake days, so here's a great recipe, with not too much sugar in the cupcake, perfect for a bunch of active 8 year olds. It's easy enough to make on a weeknight after the kids go to bed, and it has been a great hit as birthday party treats so far.

Ingredients for cupcakes:

  • 188g cake flour
  • 160g sugar
  • 65g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 180g buttermilk
  • 188g warm water
  • 54.5g vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Icing:

  • 225g softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 360g powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cream (decrease this if you want a stiffer icing)
  • Gel food colouring. You can use different colours if you have a twin piping bag.


  • Preheat oven to 175 deg C.
  • Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners. The recipe makes 24 cupcakes, so you may need to use two trays or bake in two batches.
  • Beat the eggs to get some air into them. Whisk in the buttermilk, warm water, oil and vanilla extract. 
  • Add all the dry ingredients to this mix, and whisk until smooth, making sure that everything is well mixed in.
  • Fill each cupcake 2/3 full and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Test by sticking in a toothpick and checking if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from the tray and allow to cool completely.
  • For the icing, beat butter until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time beating in between.
  • If you are using two colours, separate icing into two batches and add food colouring.
  • Transfer into a piping bag and pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes.

These cupcakes are perfect for a kid's party, but they're even better with an espresso as a late night snack for a tired mum.

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