Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

These Chocolate Overload Cupcakes are packed full of Chocolate. From the Chocolate cupcake, chocolate buttercream, chocolate drizzle and chocolate sprinkles, what more could you possibly want?

I first posted these cupcakes very earlier on when I started this blog because I wanted to start off with some of my favourite basic recipes. It has been about 18 months since I posted these so I thought I would update the post and the pictures.

I haven’t really changed much about this recipe, just the decoration and I have added some Golden Syrup into the cake mixture to make these a lot more moist and fudgier.

Chocolate Cupcakes

To make the chocolate cupcake I start by creaming together the butter and sugar together. In cupcakes, I always use a baking spread like Stork as I find it just makes such a soft and glorious cake.

I also used light brown sugar in these cupcakes instead of caster sugar. I always use light brown sugar in chocolate cakes as I find it just gives such a lovely caramelly flavour. You don’t need to use light brown sugar if you don’t want to you can just replace it with caster sugar.

Next, I add in the remaining ingredients. When I make chocolate cakes or cupcakes, I always reduce the amount of flour and replace it with cocoa powder. This way the ingredients are all the same weight.

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When making cakes or cupcakes I always use the same amount of each ingredient. So the butter, sugar, flour (on their own or with cocoa powder) and eggs should all weigh the same.

Once I have added the remaining ingredients I mix it again. I normally use the paddle attachment on my stand mixer, but you could also use a hand whisk (like I do in my reels and TikToks) or a wooden spoon.

You don’t need to mix the cupcake batter for too long just until it is fully incorporated and smooth. It should only take around a minute or so.

Split the Mixture

I use these Baking Cups from Iced Jems I love that they have flat bottoms so I can just use a flat baking tray and they come in so many different colours and designs.

To split the mixture there are a few different ways but I prefer to use an Ice Cream Scoop. I know this sounds a little strange but it just ensures that I get the same amount of batter in each cupcake case.

Baking

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are ready because if you gently press on the top, they should spring back. You could also use a cake tester and test the thickest part of the cake. If the tester comes out clean, then the cupcakes are ready if not pop them back into the oven for 3-4 minutes and test again.

Leave the cupcakes to cool completely.

Chocolate Buttercream

For the buttercream mix together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder until combined and thick.

For buttercream please use unsalted butter rather than a baking spread. Unsalted butter sets and helps the buttercream hold its own shape whereas a baking spread doesn’t and will just be quite sloppy and super sweet.

If you find the mixture is quite thick you can add a teaspoon of milk and mix again. Repeat until the buttercream is the desired consistency.

You want the buttercream to be able to be soft enough that you can pipe it but thick enough that it holds its own shape.

Pipe the buttercream onto the top of the cakes, I used a Wilton 1M Piping Tip and these piping bags.

Chocolate Drizzle

I love a drizzle on a cupcake for these I melted some dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 20-second bursts. Stirring in between each burst. If you don’t have a microwave you can put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt it this way.

I added the chocolate to a small disposable piping bag and snipped the top off then had a good old drizzle.

If you are using reusable piping bags you could also use a small round piping nozzle for the drizzle.

Finally, I finished these cupcakes off with some chocolate crunch sprinkles.

Equipment

Baking Cups

Spatula

Scales

Measuring Spoon

Mixing Bowls

Cake Tester

Piping Tip

Piping Bag

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Alternatives

You don’t need to use the Golden Syrup in this recipe if you can find any. They will still be perfectly delicious without.

You could also make a chocolate cream for the centre. Just whip up 300ml of double cream with 2 tablespoons of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Remove the centre of the cupcake using a cupcake corer and add the cream.

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Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

Sarah Mark
Chocolate Overload Cupcakes are packed full of Chocolate. From the Chocolate cupcake, chocolate buttercream, chocolate drizzle and chocolate sprinkles, what more could you possibly want?
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decorating Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 12 Cupcakes

Ingredients
  

For the Cupcakes

  • 145 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 145 g Unsalted Butter or Stork
  • 120 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 20 ml Whole Milk
  • 1 tbsp Golden Syrup

For the Buttercream

  • 375 g Icing Sugar
  • 200 g Unsalted Butter
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 tbsp Whole Milk

For the Decoration

  • 200 g Dark Chocolate
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

To Make the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until fully combined and smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. I use a small ice cream scoop to do this so I know that they are all even.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are ready when they are golden brown and springy to touch.
  • Leave to cool completley.

To Make the Buttercream

  • In a large bowl add the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until it is all combined.
  • If the buttercream is too thick add a tablespoon of milk and mix again. Repeat again until the buttercream is the perfect consistency.
  • Put the buttercream into a piping bag and decorate the cupcakes.

To Decorate

  • Add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl and pop into the microwave on 20 second bursts, stirring in between until it is comletley melted.
  • Add the chocolate to a piping bag with a small round nozzle or snip the end of the piping bag off. Drizzle over the top of the cupcakes.
  • Finish off with some chocolate sprinkles.

If you do have any questions about these Chocolate Overload Cupcakes or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by sending me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page. 

60 Comments

  • bournemouthgirl

    15 January 2020 at 4:01 pm

    These look so delicious! Reading this post makes me want to eat cake! 🙈😂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 January 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you so much! If I could mail you some I would 😂

      1. bournemouthgirl

        16 January 2020 at 1:08 pm

        😋 that would be some good mail haha!

  • 365 days of yays and nays

    15 January 2020 at 8:37 pm

    They look so good! 😋 following you on Instagram & Pinterest now too 🙂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 January 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you I have followed you back on Pinterest and Instagram

  • Rollerbag Goddess

    15 January 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Yumm! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with! I will be watching especially for any vegan recipes, as those are my favorite. 🙂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 January 2020 at 9:51 pm

      I had hoped to have some Vegan recipes especially for Veganuary but I haven’t perfected them yet, but keep a look out there will be some soon!

  • All things Liv

    15 January 2020 at 10:08 pm

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing:£

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 January 2020 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much for taking time to comment I apprecitate it 🙂

  • allofbritnee

    15 January 2020 at 10:15 pm

    OMG these look delicious!😋 pinning.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      15 January 2020 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you so much! They are perfect for any chocolate lover!

  • Diffusing the Tension

    15 January 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Gonna need someone to make these for me! 🤣 They look so good. I wish I was a better baker (or rather a more enthusiastic one) but I’m not a fan of the kitchen.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 January 2020 at 11:04 am

      I hope you enjoy them if you get someone to make them for you, when it comes to cooking I am not a fan but absolutely love baking 😂

  • Artiecarden

    16 January 2020 at 9:50 am

    These look nice are these your own photos? Maybe I’ll come back and have a try at making them lactofree so I can eat them lol

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 January 2020 at 11:11 am

      Yes my own recipe and photos. I am working on alternative recipes, dairy, milk, egg free and vegan so keep an eye out I’m sure there will be more recipes soon that you will be able to try

  • Enn

    16 January 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Adding these to my ‘baking’ list!! Thank you for sharing another lovely recipe!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 January 2020 at 4:13 pm

      I’m glad you like it! Let me know how you get on if you bake them 😊

  • I’m All Booked Up YA

    16 January 2020 at 11:44 pm

    These look delicious and now we’re craving chocolate!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      17 January 2020 at 10:05 am

      Thank you!

  • Sahara

    17 January 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Chocolate overload most definitely!! WOW they look like they taste amazing! I have never made cupcakes with three different types of chocolate before – I prefer dark chocolate but don’t mind having milk or white chocolate. They sound super fun to make, I love the presentation of them as well!

    Sahara
    https://www.saharasdreams.com/

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      17 January 2020 at 11:16 pm

      Ahh they are super fun to make, if you prefer dark chocolate you can substitute the other chocolates and make them a complete dark chocolate cupcake but they are utterly deliicious (although I might be slighly biased!)

  • Pinkie Anggia

    18 January 2020 at 12:56 am

    Looks so yummy! I haven’t tried baking with different types of chocolates before. Added to my baking list! ♥️

    Pinkie,
    http://pinkieanggiablog.wordpress.com

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      18 January 2020 at 11:14 am

      Ah let me know how you get on!

  • Pinkie Anggia

    18 January 2020 at 1:08 am

    Yummy! You’re very creative on combining different types of chocolates. Added to my baking list! <3

    Pinkie,
    http://pinkieanggiablog.wordpress.com

  • The Sacred Space AP

    19 January 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Oh my these cupcakes look divine! I bet they taste delicious.
    Me and my little girl love baking cakes or cupcakes together and this is a perfect recipe!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Alyssa
    The Sacred Space AP

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      19 January 2020 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you! That is how I started to bake, my mum and I used to spend so much time baking cakes and cupcakes at the weekend! If you make them let me know how you get on would love to see them.

  • A Cup of Wonderland

    19 January 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Oh wow! These look gorgeous! I can already hear my stomach calling out to try them myself!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      19 January 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you!

  • Lana Likes

    20 January 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Ooooh they look delicious! I love baking cupcakes

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      21 January 2020 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you! I hope to fill this blog with lots more recipes so please look out for more delicious cupcake recipes coming soon!

  • Becca

    20 January 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Omg I’m so making these ASAP, they look and sound so good 🤤

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      21 January 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you!

  • steffs_journey

    25 January 2020 at 10:08 pm

    These sound lovely! Will be giving them a try one day! X

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      26 January 2020 at 10:58 am

      Thank you! Please let me know how you get on and what you think when you make them x

  • hantimps

    2 February 2020 at 11:38 pm

    These look great – everyone needs a good choccie cupcake recipe on hand x

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      2 February 2020 at 11:54 pm

      That is very true, I mean who doesn’t like chocolate and they are super quick to make so perfect for any last minute baking.

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  • Ann

    20 February 2020 at 6:54 am

    These look so yummy! You can’t go wrong with chocolate! Thank you for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      20 February 2020 at 9:47 pm

      You can never go wrong with chocolate! I don’t think I have ever met someone who dislikes chocolate!

  • Lana Likes

    25 February 2020 at 5:20 pm

    😱 how yummy do these look?!? I’m going to need to get some cake now

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      25 February 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you! The perfect cake if you are craving chocolate!

  • a Life on a Dime

    6 March 2020 at 4:43 pm

    This chocolate lover thinks these look just heavenly!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      8 March 2020 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you!

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  • UnhappyGraduate

    18 May 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Looks amazing! Makes me wish I had flour in the house haha

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Oh no! I hope you don’t have too much trouble finding any!

    2. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Oh no! I hope you don’t have too much trouble finding some!

  • Brooke

    18 May 2020 at 1:20 pm

    These look incredibly rich and delicious. My favorite part is the decoration though. Presentation is important and makes them even more fun to eat I’m sure.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you! For me, decoration is definitely the best part of baking!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    18 May 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Chocolate overload indeed! These look amazing! I can’t stop craving chocolate at the moment so my mouth is definitely watering!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you! These would satisfy any chocolate craving!

  • Amy

    18 May 2020 at 1:54 pm

    These look AMAZING! I absolutely love chocolate cake so I think these are some I definitely will need to try!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy!

  • Emma

    18 May 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Wow these look incredible and I don’t doubt they taste even better! As soon as I get ingredients I want to give these a go! I love decorating gorgeous cake!!!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy!

  • Esther

    18 May 2020 at 2:37 pm

    this look so decadent

  • Pragati Mahapatra

    18 May 2020 at 4:25 pm

    This looks so delicious, I want to try it right away!

  • Aimsy

    18 May 2020 at 9:05 pm

    First off, I am loving the new blog makeover. Congratulations on going self-hosted, how does it feel?
    Secondly, these look amazing. You can never have too much chocolate in a cupcake! I have been eating so much chocolate lately, maybe that gives me an excuse o give these a go?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you! It feels good to be self-hosted I am still trying to learn my way around but I am enjoying it!
      Thank you! These would satisfy any chocolate craving!

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