Melting Middle Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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These cupcakes have a surprise inside โ€“ a lovely melted chunk of chocolate. They are best eaten warm otherwise the middle is just a single large chocolate chip ๐Ÿ˜‰ which is no bad thing ๐Ÿ™‚ These are some of the most yummy cupcakes Iโ€™ve tried. This recipe is for only 6 which is perfect for me when Iโ€™m experimenting and also for using my new cupcake tin which has molded heart shapes but only has 6 spaces ๐Ÿ™‚

melting middle cupcake ingredientsMakes 6 cupcakes
What youโ€™ll need to make these cupcakes:
70g Self raising flour
1Tbsp cocoa powder (I used Askinosie)
70g unsalted butter at room temperature
70g caster sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1Tbsp milk
42g 70% dark chocolate (I used Green & Blacks)

Preheat oven to 190C (170C if you have a fan oven like mine). I have a 6-space silicone cupcake tray with a heart pattern on the bottom which works with this recipe. It makes a cute cupcake shape and the melting middle makes it more special.
Beat the butter until fluffy then beat the sugar into the butter until you canโ€™t see sugar.
Add the vanilla extract and beat in lightly.
Beat the egg into the mixture. I usually beat the egg slightly first in the bowl Iโ€™m using, then incorporate it into the mix using a hand blender

mixing melting middle cupcakes
Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt together into the mixture carefully and fold in.
Add the milk to the mixture once it is a consistency the hand mixer can be used on it and blend everything until it is mixed together. Donโ€™t over beat the mixture.

melting middle cupcakes half-filled
Spoon half the mix (around 20 โ€“ 23g) into the silicone moulds (or cupcake papers). Make a slight dent in the middle and add 7g of chocolate to the middle of each cupcake. Spoon remaining batter on top (20 โ€“ 22g)
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch. Leave the cupcakes for around 5 โ€“ 10min then enjoy while still warm!

melting middle cupcakes

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3 Responses to Melting Middle Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

  1. Rebecca says:

    Amazing recipe. Thank you so much!

  2. Chocoholic says:

    I have not tried Askinosie’s cocoa powder and am thinking of ordering it from their website. I understand that this is one of the few powders made from the same beans that are use in the chocolate bars. Was that evident in the powder’s taste and would you recommend it based on your experience with it? I baked a cake recently and realised how much I hate dutched powders (would you dutch cacao used in a bar, so why is powder any different???). I guess I am looking for something that will make my chocolate bakes taste more like chocolate and less like candy. What are your thoughts on this brand?

    • Judith Lewis says:

      I think you have to use real chocolate to make bakes taste less like candy ๐Ÿ˜‰ But Askinosie has absolutely no added sugar so when you use it, you need to be very careful on the balance. Any good quality powder will make things taste different so you do need to be aware of the difference.

      I’d absolutely recommend it but why not try a cupcake recipe first? I have a few 6 cupcake recipes on the blog.