Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

I often bake these for Father's Day. They aren't so sweet, but you can fill them with chocolate chips or whatever you like. Refer to Hints for calorie info and extra ingredient tips. If you want to make these sweeter, use the same quantity of butter and sugar. You'll get a moister cake that way.

Ingredients: 6 (or 3) cupcakes (using 100 ml muffin cups)

6 cupcakes / (3 cupcakes)
Unsalted butter
90 g / (45 g)
Sugar (soft light brown sugar if available)
70 g / (35 g)
A pinch (a dash)
2 medium / (1 medium)
Almond flour※
10 g / (5 g)
◎Cake flour
70 g / (35 g)
◎Cocoa Powder※
30 g / (15 g)
◎Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon / (1/4 teaspoon)
Topping (optional)
Nuts etc.
To decorate


1. [Preparation] Warm the butter to room temperature in a bowl. Sift together the dry ingredients marked ◎. Bring the egg to room temperature.
2. Cream the butter until smooth and add the sugar in 2-3 batches, mixing well after each addition. Add the salt and mix again.
3. Add well beaten eggs a little at a time, stirring after each addition. Add the almond flour and continue mixing.
4. Preheat the oven to 180°C and take out the baking tray. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients marked with ◎ in 2-3 batches.
5. Distribute the batter evenly between the muffin cups and even out the surface. If you want to add nuts etc. to decorate the top, you should do it now. If you don't want to decorate them that's also fine.
6. Line up on the baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes. Test to see if they're done by inserting a skewer into the middle, if no raw clumps come out then they're ready. Once they've cooled, cover with cling film whilst slightly warm and chill. Then you're done.
7. Brush with rum or orange liqueur after baking, or mix chocolate chips in before baking. You can try adding your own little additions to see what you like. If you can leave them overnight for a moister cake.
8. [Bonus story] I was given a bunch of cocoa (on the left) so I was really eager to use it in a recipe, starting with cupcakes. On the right I put in a 1 kg bag of cake flour for comparison. The bag of cocoa I got is massive....

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been experimenting with cupcakes and muffins lately. Here's a very moist chocolate cupcake base recipe.