Chocolate cupcakes: two easy and fun recipes

14th October 2022 Share:FacebookTwitterShare
Chocolate cupcakes with mini eggs on top, on a dinosaur plate


To celebrate Chocolate Week, here are two fun and simple recipes using the Prehistoric Land cupcake cases and Mimi and Milo cupcake cases. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and if you have children that can’t decide which recipe to make . . . with a few simple decorative tweaks you can easily make six of each and please everyone!


The Hot Chocolate and Toasted Marshmallow Cupcakes are perfect for cosy days, whilst The Dinosaur Nest Cupcakes are really fun, and great for parties too! Recipe makes 12 cupcakes.


A child uses a hand mixer to make chocolate cupcake batter

Prehistoric Land children's apron, £8.95

Prehistoric Land cupcake cases, £1.95 for 50

Chocolate Cupcake ingredients:

  • 160g self-raising flour
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 100g softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate buttercream ingredients

  • 230g softened butter
  • 430g icing sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3-5 tbsp double cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Extras for Dinosaur Nest Cupcakes

  • Vermicelli sprinkles
  • Chocolate raisins

Extras for Toasted Marshmallows cupcakes

  • One marshmallow per cupcake
  • Matches, candle, or kitchen blow torch


A child pipes chocolate batter into cake cases



Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12-hole bun tray with cupcake cases. In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugar together. Slowly add your egg, vanilla, and milk. Lastly add in your flour and cocoa powder until just combined, don’t overmix. Distribute evenly between 12 cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool completely.


Whilst your cupcakes are cooling, prepare your buttercream. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugar slowly (or you will end up in a giant dust cloud!) along with the cocoa powder, vanilla and 3 tbsp double cream. You are looking for a smooth, silky consistency that is easy to pipe. If you feel it needs the other 2 tbsp double cream, add slowly.

Dinosaur Nest cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with mini eggs on top, on a dinosaur plate

Prehistoric Land cupcake cases, £1.95 for 50

Prehistoric Land melamine plate, £5.95


If making six of each cupcake only use half of the frosting.


Pour some vermicelli sprinkles into a shallow bowl or saucer. Pipe a 10p sized circle of buttercream in the middle of the cupcake surface with a small circular nozzle, then build a nest wall by piping a ring around the outside.


Turn the cupcake upside down and roll gently in the sprinkles, covering all the buttercream.


A hand holding a cupcake, rolling it in sprinkles


Fill the ‘nest’ with dinosaur eggs!


A child places chocolate raisins on a chocolate cupcake


Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes topped with marshmallows and a panda candle

Mimi and Milo cupcake cases, £1.95 for 50

Miko and Friends party candles, £3.95


Put the other half of the frosting into a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe your buttercream onto your cupcakes in an upward swirl. Thread your marshmallows onto a skewer and toast with a candle, match, or kitchen blow torch. Remove from skewers and top each cupcake.


A child places a toasted marshmallow on top of a chocolate cupcake




Enjoy! Store your cakes and keep them fresher for longer in a pretty and practical cake tin


Guest blog by Jemma Loi