Chelsea

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Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

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

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves
    12
Ingredients

    3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp plain flour
    1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    3/4 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar
    1/2 cup Chelsea White Sugar
    1 egg
    1/2 cup of milk
    1/4 cup of Simply Pure Canola Oil
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup boiling water

    Berry Icing
    375g Chelsea Berry Flavoured Icing Sugar
    2-3 Tbsp boiling water
    50g butter, softened

Method

    Preheat the 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, milk, 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 (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 butter and beat until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto muffins. Freeze any left-over icing.

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Reviews

Average Rating
5124
(124 reviews)


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.

Perfect!

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

Delicious!

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

Brilliant

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 :)

Brilliant.

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.

Awesome!

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 (http://www.chelsea.co.nz/browse-recipes/vanilla-cupcakes-buttercream-icing/) 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. :)

Fantastic!

Definitely the best choc cupcake recipe I've used!

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Awesome recipe! Big hit with friends!

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Delicious!!!!!

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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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BEST EVER!!

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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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