This easy chocolate cake recipe is perfect for when you need a treat in no time. It’s simple, moist and delicious—the ultimate chocolate fix!

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Quick and easy chocolate cupcakes recipe

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Cooling Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Chocolate Lava Cake, easy chocolate cake recipe, great recipe for chocolate cake, homemade cake recipe for less than 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lynsey Macdonald at Cake Decorating Co.


  • 140 g all purpose flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 90 ml whole milk
  • 120 g unsalted butter
  • your choice of frosting/buttercream


  • Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan while you’re getting you are working!
  • Begin by lining a 12 cupcake tin with cupcake/baking cases.
  • Combine your milk, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine your flour, cocoa powder, butter and sugar. You can whisk this slowly together with either an electric or handheld mixer.
  • Next add half of your milk and egg mixture into your bowl. Mix it all together on a higher speed, before slowly adding the other half of your liquid. Continue to mix until smooth.
  • Fill up each of your cupcakes cases till they are about half or two thirds full. Distribute the mixture evenly.
  • Bake your cupcakes for 20-25mins. You can test using a skewer – when they’re ready, a skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean.
  • Leave your tray on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before removing your chocolate cupcakes.
  • Once fully cooled, pipe your choice of chocolate buttercream or frosting on to the top!


And to finish? Grab a scoop of your favourite sprinkles, or grate some chocolate, and pop on top of your frosting. It’s the little details that go a long way! And, let’s face it, it’s just good fun to spend a bit of time decorating…

Recipe taken from The Cake Decorating Co. Find the original recipe here.


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