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Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

By Roanne Seymour-East
Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
12 servings
  • 278 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves

    3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Edmonds Standard Grade Flour (131g)
    1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (38g)
    3/4 tsp Edmonds Baking Soda
    3/4 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar (100g)
    1/2 cup Chelsea White Sugar (113g)
    1 egg
    1/2 cup Meadow Fresh Milk (125ml)
    1/4 cup Olivani Pure Olive Oil (60ml)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup boiling water (125ml)

    Berry Icing
    2 1/2 cups Chelsea Icing Sugar (375g) (see tip below)
    2-3 Tbsp boiling water
    50g Tararua Butter, softened
    A few drops of pink food colouring and raspberry or strawberry essence


    Preheat oven to 180°C conventional or 160ºC fan-forced. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.

    Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, then add the sugars and stir in. Add the egg, Meadow Fresh MilkOlivani Pure Olive Oil and vanilla then beat with a mixer until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl then add the boiling water and mix until just combined (the batter will be runny).

    Pour the batter into a measuring cup or jug (it’s easier and cleaner than using a spoon) and pour evenly into each paper case until ¾ filled (don’t over fill or the mixture will overflow).

    Place in the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.

    Berry Icing
    Mix icing sugar with hot water. Add Tararua Butter and beat until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto muffins.


    If you can't find Chelsea Berry Flavoured Icing Sugar, swap for regular Chelsea Icing Sugar + a few drops of pink food colouring and raspberry or strawberry essence.

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Average Rating
(278 reviews)

Absolutely delicious and fresh my new favourite recipe!!

I accidentally added to much olive oil oops but still tasted amazing

Really yum

worth the wait

i made this recipe just how it said and they turned out to be really olive oily i was not that good

Oh my word, these are the best chocolate cupcakes! They were moist and light, utterly delightful. 10/10 heavily recommended!

If you DON'T like chocolate then these will be perfect for you. No chocolate flavor only the color

Made these into Mocha cupcakes. Used v strong instant coffee instead of the water in both the cupcakes and the icing. Very nice and moist.

Best recipe, so easy to make and they came out perfect and moist. I doubled the recipe. Lasted well too, still taste great after a couple of days in an airtight container.

delicious and would LOVE to make it again!!

I put 3/4 in the tray, but it still overflowed. So now I have to clean everything up. They look good, but it overflowed everywhere.

Excellent recipe! Moist cupcakes

i like this

Super moist and light. Easy recipe and delicious. i used vanilla icing though which was still good.

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Absolutely love this recipe. So easy to put together and bake. I get a great number of requests for these cupcakes.

Loved this recipe, the cupcakes are so delicious and fresh. Best chocolate cupcakes!!!!!

Wow... these cupcakes are even more moist than expected! Tasty!!!

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excellent, best cupcakes I have ever made

My first time making chocolate cupcakes, they turned out perfect! This recipe is easy to follow and turns out moist and delicious. I had no issues with mine, I followed the recipe exactly as described. Those who have left negative reviews have definitely done something wrong. I used the berry icing too which was lovely and simple. Thank you so much!

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I baked this recipe on Saturday a day before Easter. It is now Tuesday and the cupcakes are as moist as they were the day I baked them!!! DELICIOUS

Absolute go to recipe! Has not failed me yet!

These cupcakes are extremely delicious and moist and I would definetly recommend making them!! SO GOOD!

best cupcakes EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This recipe was amazing, But the cupcake batter stuck to the pan because it was too small for the paper holders, so I would recommend using a pan big enough for the holders that you have or you'll be getting cupcakes that have ripped in half!

It’s been so hard to find just the right recipe that I like myself and I’ve just found it!!!!!!!! These cupcakes turned out INCREDIBLE. Seriously they were so soft, fluffy, moist and exactly what I wanted. They tasted delicious, I can’t even explain how amazing they were. I was a little worried at first with how runny the batter went after putting the boiling water in, but everything went perfect! Also, I cooked these for 30 minutes and not 22 as written because within 22 minutes they still needed a little more baking. This is officially my forever cupcake recipe now. Thank you for sharing this with us!!!!

These cupcakes tasted so good, my entire family loved them so much I had to make them again once they had all been eaten!

Haven't tried yet going to now but looks like a great recipe!!!!

So delicious, rich and moist! Could I take out the cocoa powder and add vanilla for vanilla cupcakes?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, yes we think this should work. Replace the cocoa powder with plain flour, and you may wish to swap the brown sugar for caster sugar or white sugar too.

These were super fun to make and tasted so good! We used chocolate buttercream instead of berry and it was soooo good

It was really yum, not gonna lie I liked the flavour the most.

Perfect and super easy!!

Super easy .. I’m not much of a baker and this is so easy and comes out perfect each time. It keeps too!

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These are the best cupcakes ever! They're like little mini mudcakes, they're so moist. For special occasions I make ganache icing with a piece of whittakers caramel chocolate on top, very yummy.

Thank you so much for sharing. Will honestly use this every time now. I never normally get around to doing reviews! Definitely recommend

This is one of the best cupcake recipes! My new go to. Can I just use proportion to make a big cake?
CHELSEA SUGAR: Yes, you can make this as a big cake :-) use the same temperature and adjust the cooking time (this will depend on your tin size).

Easy and exceptionally moist.

They were so good and I would definitely make them again and again

these were SO DELICIOUS and so easy

Very tasty for whole family

Fail proof. It's a brilliant easy and yummy recipe. Thanks

Love the recipe, thank you!!!

Very easy recipe love it love it my chocolate cupcakes Always come out very moist my sisters did complain about the sugar I only put 1/2 cup of white sugar and it still tastes so good.

VERY MOIST!! They almost didn't cook properly, and for a less gooey sticky version I recommend cooking for 25 mins. But apart from That, they were the BEST cupcakes I have ever made! I changed them a bit and added a hint of caramel flavoring, and for the icing, just plain normal icing with red food dye and strawberry flavoring. IT WAS DELICIOUS! It left my whole family wanting and begging for more, and even those on a diet snuck a bite. I'm 13 years old, but these are easy, quick and amazing to make. YUMM

This recipe is AWESOME!, it came out super moist (I have had trouble with dry and over mixed cakes before) and was even better than a shop bought cake. At first the thought of putting olive oil in a cake was a bit crazy for me but it makes the cake taste so much better! I made mini cupcakes out of it (I only halfed the cooking time) and pipped on Yvette's Chocolate Buttercream from Chelsea Sugar.

If I'm at a marae gathering, then the elders know there's bound to be moist, fluffy and chocolatey cupcakes on offer...all gone in under 5 mins. It's also synonymous with 'Nanna's in town'. They see the cupcakes before me and know to come look for me. It's the greatest feeling.

Absolutely terrific recipe, 10 out of 10, these muffins are Moist and very delicious.

I made this recipe and it turned out ok, however, it did not have enough to fill all the cases. Overall it was simple to make and tasted yum :)

Absolutely delicious!! They always turn out awesome and are SUPER moist (for days!)
nice and chocolatey too...Great recipe, thanks guys!

Amazing!!! Its a go to recipe in our house.

It turned out gooey in the middle.

Absolutely PERFECT! Such a perfect recipe and made it again the next day. Thank you so much for sharing.

Brilliant. I iced it with the Chelsea Buttercream recipe.

Thank you for this recipe! Super yummy!

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I love these cupcakes. Just curious if any bakers have made a cake from this recipe?

Brilliant chocolate cupcakes, I decorated with chcolate fudge Icing and wow they were so tasty.

Thank you for this recipe. It is my absolute favourite chocolate cupcake. Super easy, super moist, rises well and tastes incredible.
I have made these many times and they’re always a hit at gatherings.
Very highly recommended by me.

This is my go to chocolate cupcake recipe. It is amazing every time.

Usually, my baking turn out tasting bad, but this time it tasted good! What a treat!

I have tried heaps of different recipes for cupcakes, and this one is by far the most reliable! I've made these on many different occasions, and they always turn out super light, moist and delicious!

They were good but my batter only made 7 cupcakes.

They were pretty good. Something tasted a little funny though. I would recommend giving it a go!

This cupcake is amazing its so delicious

Best cupcakes I've made!


I made this recipe today, it was so easy, light, moist and so chocolaty too, highly recommend. I used chocolate icing, with a few drops of vanilla essence, just perfect.

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Really impressed with this recipe. Tasted so delicious and really easy to make. I used Chelsea's buttercream recipe instead and added a mini egg so we had Easter Treats during lockdown.
Absolutely recommend.

Great. I made them to use up leftover buttercream icing from other baking. Some of the negative reviews are nuts! The $30 comment is bananas. My new go to choc cupcake recipe. My Family baking critics are inhaling them.

Far out - its pretty good. I would eat it again but it cost 30 bucks.

My go-to choc cupcake recipe. I then use Yvettes chocolate buttercream icing which is on this website. Always add the baking soda I've forgotten a few times and really is the make or break. pouring the mixture into measuring glass works perfectly! yum yum yum

Hate this recipe!! It was absolutely disgusting and they looked like volcanoes when they came out of the oven. Please get the measurements right next time. :C

Perfect! Turns out amazing every time and are so moist and fluffy. Easy to make and hard to muck up. Sometimes they have little volcanoes at the top but still taste amazing.

You should try this recipe its SO good it's my go to chocolate muffin recipe now. I did half cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar and didn't add vanilla essence, still is great!

Hi Im going to make them but how many calories is it, Im on a 'watch what your eating'

This recipe was so good!

So easy to make and no butter involved which was a bonus. I’m just waiting for the cupcakes to cook. Aroma of the chocolate cupcake is killing me! I bet it’s going to be delish! Thanks Chelsea

This recipe was amazing 5/5 Kai Pai !

No-fail recipe every time. People love them.

These were yum. I liked them.

Had this recipe for years, my grandmother used to make it all the time in the 60's & 70's. It has made many a happy occasion.


I bake a lot, and always love experimenting with recipes to create my own combinations of flavours. This is by far the best cupcake recipe I have ever used. It's great for any combinations of toppings, i've used peanut butter icing topped with honey roasted peanuts, and strawberry icing with diced pinky bars, banana icing and jersey caramels. All delicious with everyone crying out for more lol

I love it so easy so yummy it amazing for a quick snack

I made these a couple of days ago, horrible, absolutely horrible. Maybe it was because I used gluten-free flour but i didn't think that it would come out CRUNCHY! I was going to take this to a halloween party, but my friend & I tried it and it was revolting, if we did take them to the party no one would eat them.
Waste of ingredients and time.
If i could rate this no stars I would.

Awesome quick and reliable and so easy

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I do know you don't need another review but I still really enjoyed this delicious treat!!

I didn't have brown sugar so I just kept it as white sugar. I was surprised at how runny it was but just went with it. As it was nearing the end of its cooking time I kept checking every now and then. And when I took it out and left it to cool I was surprised that it tasted great but the texture was fudgy? I did blame myself cause I didn't use the brown sugar and maybe that's what it needed. But it still tasted amazing

I love it! :-D By far the best choc recipe I've tried & trust me, theres been many. I also use it as a cake recipe. Nice & Fluffy, hubby loves them too

What is the reason for using both white and brown sugar in the recipe? Why not just use all white or all brown? Can someone please explain it to me? Thank you in advance.

Chelsea Sugar:
Great question! Different sugars result in different textures and qualities in baking. Chelsea White Sugar creates firmness and Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar adds caramel notes and moisture.

Turns out AMAZING every time.

Siri is so weird BTW your cupcakes are not that yummy but they’re okay

Everyone hails me the 'baking queen' due to these cupcakes! Perfect every time. Light, fluffy and delicate!

I just tried this recipe out today and it was a total winner with the family! you will not regret making these deliciously moist cupcakes! Thanks for the recipe, highly recommend

Fabulous. Easy. Always works and always gets compliments. My go to cupcake recipe.

I made 4 batches of these for a kindergarten party a few years back and it was an absolute treat with everyone complimenting on how great they were! Definitely my go-to recipe when I want to wow a crowd or something special for family and friends. Would 100% recommend to others!

I added a cup of mixed berries for 'black forest cupcakes' and used left over berry juice and smashed berries to make an icing with.
Winner! Best muffin recipe, hands down! I'm going to try a million variations!

I put to much baking soda in as i have the after taste of Baking soda but lol otherwise more i bake these muffins the better they will taste. Yummu with cuppa, my daughter said yummy hehe

I put to much baking soda in as i have the after taste of Baking soda but lol otherwise more i bake these muffins the better they will taste. Yummu with cuppa, my daughter said yummy hehe

cool cupcakes

This is my 'go to' recipe for when I need to make chocolate cupcakes. Perfect results everytime :)

Great recipe- these are easy to make and always turn out really moist

The kids loved them! Even 'Miss Fussy Five' demanded one each day with her lunchbox - definitely going to be one of our go to recipes.

This has been my go to for cupcakes for 2 years. Great and easy recipe. I even doubled it to make a cake for my sons 2nd birthday close to 2 years ago. Delish.

I thought it would probably be like any other recipe. But absolutely not. These are moist, have lots of flavour and rise beautifully. I have them one week later in the fridge and they still do not taste stale or dry. I even doubled the recipe which usually is a disaster. No need to look further. Save this recipe.

These are so delicious I cooked them for 15min and had less hot water. I made these at school and the whole class ate them and enjoyed it very much. I love how it was slightly crunchy outside and nice and moist in the middle. I left plain without any icing. I was going to use a coffee icing which I will do next time. Thank you!

Umm.... unbelievably moist. Don’t overcook them! Probably the best chocolate muffins I’ve ever made.

Love this recipe, quick and easy and super tasty! Can I make them dairy free by replacing the milk with water?

Hi Debbie, it might be best to replacethe milk with almond or rice milk.

Mine is bitter but moist! The icing turned good too!

It's yummy and whenever you bite into it its hits your tastebuds and makes them happy!


Very moist. They were even better the second day than the first!

These are the most amazing cupcakes I've ever tasted and certainly the best I've ever made. Definitely try it.

What are all of the cup measurements equivalent to in grams?
CHELSEA: our weights and measures page details the conversions. Cheers!

PEEFECT. Easy to make. So delicious

Wow these were the best I've ever tasted. I will continue to use this recipe nice and fluffy and moist and the taste is amazing Thank you.

The best cupcake I ever soft and chocolate cupcake top rose....thank you so much for the recipe...

Best chocolate muffin recipe I've ever used!

It is delicious

These are a perfect birthday present!

First time making this (in Rarotonga) and now I have been appointed as the family birthday cake maker haha. LOVE IT!
Really easy recipe to make. Thank you for sharing this "fail safe" delicious recipe.

Amazing!!! Definitely my secret new recipe!

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I came across as a domestic goddess

Tino pai! I don't usually bake and these were so easy, with a great texture.

It's a very good recipe. Fluffy and moist

Lol. Love this recipe.
Taste so good


My 8 yr old daughter and I made these, and it was so fun and easy. And they’re outrageously delicious. My other daughters have eaten them all up!

were do i add the coco and flour.
Chelsea Sugar:
Please see in the instructions "Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, then add the sugars and stir in."

Chelsea can you please tell me why my cup cakes had a peak (like a mini volcano). There were still absolutely delicious though!

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My go to recipe for chocolate cake and cupcakes, bake sales, birthdays and my boys, always a winner

Very soft and delicious

This recipe is my now go-to for school bake stalls. It is quick and easy and I sometimes reduce the sugar too to make it a bit healthier too. Highly recommended. Everyone loves these as they are very moist and delicious.

Best cupcake recipe ever! All time fav! And so easy!


Very easy and yummy my kids love them

I love cupcakes with berry icing I think it’s a great idea to have them as a snack in lunchboxes. Also as a treat.

I was looking for a yummy chocolate muffin recipe and saw this thought I give it a try.
Such an easy recipe and ‘boy’ ... mmmmm yummy I have found the best cupcake recipe instead of a muffin.... thanks for sharing this to us...

Delicious, Fluffy and Moist, super easy and quick to make, I would reccomend making a double batch as the mixture is quite small, on its own it makes 12-13 small cupcakes but they are DELICIOUS!!

Great recipe!! My cupcakes turned out very moist. I just have one question..was I supposed to use natural unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch process? I ended up using Dutch process and they had a rich & not too sweet flavor.

I hate chocolate, but I love these cupcakes.

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Very tasty best makeover

Used this recipe to bake cupcakes for a fundraiser - easy recipe with great results.

Well I live in the UK, I went in search of a Chocolate Muffin Recipe; and google sent me to this page, it's my go to recipe, I even use it for sandwich cakes, I have altered it a few times like swapping the brown sugar for Muscovado sugar.
If you want a larger dome topped muffin preheat oven to 220dC (non Fan) put the muffins into the oven and turn it down to the stated 180.
Obviously it is very difficult to get this brand but as previously stated any brand will work, I don't have much experience working the volume weights as I work in ounces.
basically it's a fantastically gorgeous super moist cake that needs to be bread far and wide.
Thank you.

This recipe is the best cupcake recipe I have ever used. It is very moist and is perfect as it is also nice and fluffy.

I’ve tried many different recipes for chocolate cupcakes but this is hands down the best! Super quick and easy! I’ve added it to my family recipe book that dates back generations. Best tasting cupcakes!

Do I have to use Chelsea products? I have no access to finding these.
CHELSEA: Hi there, we always recommend Chelsea (of course :-) !) but other brands will work too.



This is beautiful I love it I am only 10 and my family has made me the cook I have to cook all the meals they think this is beautiful I have cooked this all on my own so thank you very very much may god bless you

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Great cake also can be used as a whole cake would recommend to anyone!

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The best ever moist chocolate cupcakes.

I must have made them a dozen times and they always turn out so perfectly soft

Awesome recipe use it all the time for chocolate cake.

This is my ‘go to’ recipe. It works every time and gives a lovely light moist cupcake. I also use it for whole chocolate cakes too.

I have tried a lot of recipes before but the cupcakes always came out very dry. This is the best recipe ever, besides it is very easy and quick, too. Thank you for sharing.

Hey Chelsea your recipes are so good do you have a book of recipes and if you do where can I get one.
CHELSEA: Hi Nicole, unfortunately we don't have a recipe book. Glad to hear you're enjoying the recipes on our website though :-)

Made them with the kids and they were so easy and taste great. My boys were very proud of themselves. Love the foolproof recipes on the Chelsea website.

Amazingingly easy & soooo moist!!! Will def make again!

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I love the cupcakes how they were moist.

I am not sure what happened, everything was going well, I got the soupy mixture when I poured the boiling water. After baking for 20 min and cooled they just crumbled apart.


This is my go-to cupcake recipe - so easy and delicious! I use a plain buttercream icing and they are always a hit with both kids and adults.

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Great recipe, have made several times


Hi Chelsea

Could you please let me know 3/4 cup flour is how many grams....Im from South Africa. CHELSEA Equivalent to 96g

Great recipe. I added coffee to the water & topped with coloured buttercream. I bake a lot and have tried a lot of recipes that use either coffee, coke or milk as the liquid. I also routinely add a couple of spoons of plain yoghurt to add to the moistness of any cake/cupcake/muffin. The important thing for me is the inclusion of oil - I have no idea why most cake/cupcake/muffins contain butter which is a solid fat = less soft/moist/springy cupcake & with the high cost of butter these days, it's much more cost-effective to use cheap oil - in this case a tiny amount which is even better.

Made these yesterday and they turned out delicious!! I have a favorite chocolate cake recipe that is superb but yields about 50 cup cakes! So glad I have a new go to recipe for an easy dozen :) Super moist and yummy I would definitely recommend this recipe.

My friend, who never bakes, mixed it vigorously for a long time, and and I thought for sure they would be dry, but they still turned out moist! They live up to their name and I can certainly recommend people to try this fool-proof recipe.

I made this cupcake (not the frosting) and it was really moist even after leaving it in the fridge overnight. Work mates loved it. It's the only chocolate flavoured cupcake I've baked that I liked. All my previous choc cupcakes were too dry. This batch was not too sweet, moist and soft and easy to make. I'll use this recipe again. Thank you


I love using this cupcake recipe, it really is the best and is so easy! Super moist cake every time with not too intense flavour. Tastes great with a variety of toppings e.g. coffee cream, peppermint, choc...

Always works well. Really moist and yummy.

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Didn't taste very good! (Just kidding) They were wonderful!

These are super easy and taste amazing

I made these using gluten free baking mix instead of plain flour and they turned out delicious and so moist, they were a huge hit in my household and I will certainly be making them again :)

I am the crappest muffin/cupcake baker until I found this recipe. Every time I make these they always come out the same, super moist and delicious. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of chocolate chips :)


The first comment everyone makes is "so moist"! These are amazing!

I'm about to make these they look so yummy!!

Absolutely amazing, was the hit at a high tea

This is my go to cupcake recipe, these come out moist, spongy and perfect every single time

Delicious cupcakes, but the recipe only made around 10 decent sized cupcakes.

Made this for my friend's mom's birthday party and it was a HIT!! Kids and adults loved it very much! Thanks for this! Changing my fave moist chocolate cupcake with this one!♡♡♡

Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. The cupcakes are so moist. Fantastic!

It was wonderfully moist and light!!! I loved it!!!

Super delicious

I made these minus the frosting only cause I'm not a fan of frosting. The cupcake is super good and very moist. Adding to my recipe book.

The best choc cupcakes I have ever made! Love them and so easy!

they were nice & moist - a bit too rich tho.

Perfectly moist every time, now my family's favourite recipe if I say I'm making cup cakes.
I also add in cut up pieces of strawberry delicious with chocolate frosting icing.

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Work every time and everyone loves them

These are amazing!!!! Definitely a go to recipe from now on!

Quite foolproof and I got a lot of compliments. They're rather large for cupcakes though - more like muffin size.

Do I have to use baking soda or just baking powder I ran out of baking soda?
CHELSEA: Hi there, yes you really do need to use the baking soda as well.

Great will use this recipe again :-)
We substituted the berry icing for chocolate butter icing.

Very easy recipe and stayed moist. Took the left overs to work the next day and staff remarked how nice they are.

Hi - do you think weight measurements could be included as well as cups? The whole 3/4C + 2T is cumbersome and often inaccurate.
CHELSEA: Hi there, that's a good suggestion. Next time we make this we'll make a note of the weights and get these uploaded :-)

I made it in a springform and baked it longer and I made chocolate sauce it was delicious thanks for the recipe!

As Always; Super moist cupcakes!! Delicious.


Best cupcakes ever. This will be my go to recipe for cupcakes from now on :)

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Amazing, best recipe ever made

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Absolutely the best ever recipe - moist and moreish. Hit with everyone.

Best Recipe ! Would anyone know what you can substitute the egg for in this recipe, want to make for someone who doesn't eat eggs. Thanks !
CHELSEA: Hi there, glad to hear you love this recipe! You could try 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce or 1/4 cup mashed banana as a replacement for the egg.

I love this recipe! I use it all the time and it never fails. When ever I need to make something in a hurry this is my go to recipe. My favourite topping is chocolate buttercream icing with desiccated coconut on top! 10/10

These were really moist and chocolatey. I bake a lot and these were a standout! I made the cupcakes with American chocolate buttercream. I now want to make the recipe into a cake. Any pointers on adapting the temp and cooking time please?
CHELSEA: Glad you are enjoying this recipe :) to make a cake version we suggest using a 20cm cake tin, baking at the same temperature (180°C conventional) and checking to see if it is done from 45 minutes. We would estimate about an hour to cook.

I love this recipe. It has become my go to chocolate cupcake. It's so quick and easy and it makes a lot of cupcakes. The flavour is really great too.

I have tried many recipes but this one is simply brilliant!!!! My family loves it and it is an easy one as well. Thank you

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Absolutely top recipe. Delicious cupcakes and oh that icing. I wish we could get the Berry Icing Sugar in Australia, my husband bought me two packets back from New Zealand on his last visit.

Amazing recipe. I am so glad i came across this recipe. Made it multiple times and it always goes down a treat with family and friends. not overly sweet and moist. I was wondering if anyone can help me get the same results as this recipe but for a vanilla cake. i want to use oil in the recipe rather than butter and using measurements in metric not imperial if possible. Thanks in advance.
CHELSEA: Hi there, for a vanilla version you could try replacing the cocoa powder with 1/4 cup plain flour and switching the brown sugar for caster sugar. We haven't tried this before, so you may find that more tweaks need to be made. Our vanilla cupcakes recipe ( has great reviews too, but it does contain butter.

This is an excellent recipe and has gone down a storm at work and with friends and family. Highly recommended!

Easy and delicious! Don't be scared off by the runny mix, these chocolate cupcakes turn out perfect. I put a Reeces peanut butter cup in mine and topped with a be anything butter buttercream. Incredible!

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These cupcakes are so delicious. They went down a treat. the whole family enjoyed and keeps asking for more. The kids helped with this recipe too. I definitely recommend this recipe.

I loved this chocolate cupcake recipe! Everybody should try this. The whole family enjoyed it and keeps asking for more! These went down a treat.

Made these chocolate cupcakes and they were great so easy and will definitely make again. Just used chocolate buttercream icing and piped on went down a treat.

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I absolutely love this chocolate cupcake recipe, it's amazing. So moist and tasty!!! have sent it to all my friends.

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Goes amazingly well with buttercream icing in the middle of the chocolate cupcakes! LOVED IT!!!

These chocolate cupcakes turned out amazing - so incredibly moist and delicious!

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Just curious how do you measure 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda and baking powder as well as 3/4cup is flour unsure what they are and of course you cannot get cups and t/spoon in these measurement please help am willing to make super moisture chocolate cup cakes thanks
CHELSEA: Hi there, you can get 1/2 and 1/4 cup and teaspoon measurements. To get 3/4 cup or teaspoon just use one 1/2 measure and one 1/4 measure (or three 1/4 measures). Enjoy the cupcakes!

This is the only recipe I use for chocolate cake! Very moist, amazing flavor, and people LOVE it!

I'm not very good at baking and I made these cupcakes for my son's birthday and they were just amazing! Everybody said they were delicious and very moist. I ate three and I'm not a big fan of chocolate cakes. I was very proud of myself :-)
I used unsweetened cocoa powder so I add an extra 1/4 cup of sugar and they were sweet enough but not too much.
Very nice recipe!!

Super moist and delicious

If I could give this ten stars I would! Totally yummy. After my first batch, which were fantastic enough, I added some instant espresso with the boiling water. It really bought out the flavour of the chocolate. With another batch I popped in a piece of canned pear and put some of the juice into chocolate buttercream icing. Both yummo!! Thank you for this recipe :)

Great...although maybe a bit sweeter because I made chocolate icing instead. Adapted by using coconut oil instead of canola oil and because I doubled recipe and it was looking too runny, I cut back to just 1/2 cup water rather than doubling that. Turned out well...moist and light.

real good

Very easy to make and turned out very light and moist as the recipe promises! I made them dairy free by using soy milk.

A great an very easy to make + no oily after taste !!

Fluffiest and lightest chocolate cupcakes I've ever had!! So delicious and moist :D

Amazing recipe, always a hit. I make mine dairy free by using soy milk instead, and icing I use Olivio rather than butter with icing sugar. Finally I add a good Tablespoon of instant coffee granules to the boiling water to bring out choc flavour. Yummo!!!

Almost full proof - I've made these multiple times, and they totally work as mini cupcakes (only 10 or so mins to bake) which make them a total hit at parties.
Perfect with cream cheese icing.....

I really liked this recipe! I found the cupcakes were so nice and everyone in the family loved them! I did find them very sticky though.

I have trialed hundreds of cupcake recipes over the years. This is by far my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. I default to this one every time.
Its super easy and flop proof. Add a bit of coffee to the boiling water and that really brings out the chocolate flavour.
Beautifully moist and fluffy.

Loved these cupcakes! They were delicious. Everyone loved them and so will anyone who tries them!

Love this recipe! Been using it for ages now great for school shared lunches, work treats, party etc... Love love love!!! double the batter trust me!

The cupcakes turned out amazing .!! However I just used plain caster sugar in place of the two sugars mentioned .. Thank u again! My family just loved it

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Cupcakes were a hit with my work friends. So will bake this recipe again and again! Enjoyed reading what other bakers added to their mix. C.cakes were moist and absolutely delicious

Made them and they were lovely will be making them again

great receipe make all the time

Awesome recipe! Big hit with friends!

They were fabulous! So moist and delicious.
I did not have baking soda so I added extra baking powder.
They were a birthday gift - a great hit:)
Thank you for the recipe!

Very VERY moist cupcake! Perfect sweetness but could be more chocolaty:) topped them with vanilla buttercream and they were amazing!

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Yummy recipe & super easy, using a jug to pour the mixture in is so much easier, delicious!

your recipe is good but im looking for an icing that suits for the recipe. i also love the recipe.

Great recipe! I double the mixture and make a cake... Perfect!

This is my go to recipe for cupcakes I always get asked for the recipe

Love these cupcakes

Really good batter. I drained a can of boysenberries and added this to the final batter. The advise to pour from a jug into the muffin tray is a good tip for this one. For my icing I used the drained boysenberry juice and added it to the icing for flavouring/colouring, Comes up a really nice dark dusky pink. :)


Definitely the best choc cupcake recipe I've used!

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Awesome recipe! Big hit with friends!

They were just awesome...turned out to be super moist. My son just loved it.

Soooo good, thinking about making it on big cake!

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awesome super moist chocolaty cupcakes!

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brilliant recipe ! I also added 2Tbsp of instant coffee to the boiling water .. really brought out the chocolate flavour :)

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This is the best chocolate cupcake recipe I've ever made! Great iced with either Chelsea Pink Berry or Rich Chocolate icing. Yum!

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Awesome recipe!!

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they taste like brownys (from heaven)

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Best Cupcakes ever! So moist and yummy. Made them for 'cupcake day for the SPCA' and got lots of compliments!

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BEST recipe ever!! soooo easy and always a hit...havn't managed to muck them up yet.

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this is a brilliant recipe goes well with chelsea chocolate icing.!!!!!!! im looking forward to making it again 5 star :))))))

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I trialed 5 different

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Omg these are the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever made! I took them to a friends party and everyone thought I'd bought them from a bakery! :-)

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These are delicious! The cupcakes are so smooth and fluffy, and taste perfect.

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Really yummy, I substituted milk for yoghurt and added a teaspoon of instant coffee to the boiling water. So yummy they almost don't need icing!

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Brilliant recipe! Making my second batch today:)

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Loved baking these!!! so yum, and MOIST. thanks for the recipe:)

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So delicious - all my friends love these.

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Can't believe I can make the most amazing moist cupcakes!!!!

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These completely collapsed, and I had followed the recipe to the letter

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this is such a moist recipe and so simple to make. The taste is YUM YUM YUM

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Love them.

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Crap recipe, imploded fantastically, try writing the correct measurements please

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Nice and moist despite a slight degree of collapsing :)

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So easy - this is my go to Chocolate Cupcake Recipe!
For an extra surprise I inject a gooey caramel into the centre - have NEVER had a complaint and have been asked to make them for events to sell :D

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Fantastic recipe. Super quick and easy and yummy. I iced with oreo buttercream (mr 5 requested it)

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Turned out great, I put a chunk of ChitChat biscuit in the middle & did not ice them.

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Easy and yummy. I threw in 1/2C choc chips right at the end. Use a 2ltr Pyrex jug to mix it in and then it's super easy to pour into cases

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Always a go to for cupcake orders and customers are impressed that they not only look good but taste great too !

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