Choc-Espresso Cupcakes

Choc-Espresso Cupcakes

Some things just work!  Dark chocolate and espresso usually round off a meal well so when you can combine the two into a dessert, you know you’re on to a winner.  I enjoyed making these cupcakes and the bonus is that they only need around 10 minutes in the oven – so, so quick.  The batter looks like a very decadent chocolate mousse…of course I didn’t lick the spoon (that’s code for:  Hell yes, I licked the spoon…TWICE!!)

The dark chocolate and espresso come through very strongly in these cupcakes so if you wanted a sweeter more subtle taste or if you’re whipping up a batch for the kiddies I would recommend swapping the dark chocolate out with a milk chocolate.


4 Tbsp unsalted butter (soft)

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

150g dark chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup plain flour

1 Tbsp instant Espresso powder*

1/4 tsp salt

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract


  1.  Preheat the oven to 200 (degrees) C and grease a 6-cup muffin tin with butter and then dust with some granulated sugar before tapping out the excess.
  2. Add the chocolate chunks to a glass bowl that you can place over a pan of hot water.  Stir until the chocolate is smooth.  Remove and let it cool down (5 minutes is enough).
  3. In a bowl, whisk the flour, espresso powder and salt together.
  4. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl and mix together with an electric mixer (this will appear crumbly…that’s ok).  Slowly add the eggs to the mix one at a time and make sure the egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Beat in the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and mix together until the batter has a thick mousse-like consistency.
  6. Spoon the batter into your muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes.  The cupcakes are ready when the edges are set but the centre is still gooey.
  7. Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning them out.
  8. They can be enjoyed either warm or cold but most definitely with a cup of delicious espresso.
  9. Eat and enjoy…

*I used Black and Beyond Espresso – Dark and Intense





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