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Chocolate Fudge Muffins with Chocolate Icing

One of Nigella's cakes. I have adapted it a bit for muffins. It can make about 24 regular sized muffins and 48 mini muffins. It seems complicated but its worth it!


  • 400 g plain flour

  • 250 g caster sugar

  • 100 g light brown sugar (or muscovado)

  • 50 g cocoa

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 150 ml sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 125 ml vegetable oil

  • 175 g butter, melted and cooled

  • 300 ml water

  • 175 g dark chocolate

  • 250 g unsalted butter

  • 275 g icing sugar, sifted

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180C and line 12 cup muffin tin with papers.

  • 2.

    In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate and salt.

  • 3.

    In another bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended.

  • 4.

    In a third bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together the melted butter and oil until just blended then beat in the water (yes this really works).

  • 5.

    Add the dry ingredients to the oil mixture all at once and mix on low speed.

  • 6.

    Add the egg mixture and beat until everything is blended well.

  • 7.

    Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  • 8.

    Cool on wire rack while making icing.

  • 9.

    --To make the icing--

  • 10.

    Melt the chocolate in the microwave (2-3 mins on medium) and let in cool slightly.

  • 11.

    In a large bowl beat the butter until it is soft and creamy and then add the sifted icing sugar and beat again until everything is light and fluffy.

  • 12.

    Gently add the vanilla and chocolate and beat until smooth.

  • 13.

    Ice the cupcakes with a spatula or piping bag.

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Posted by RonniycReport
This recipe is amazing - I have used it time and time again.. whether it's for sharing at work or for a party - the muffins are so moist and keep for a long time. Yum! ALso check out Nigella's Old Fashion Chocolate Cake - a really great mix that is easy to carve into shapes and is so delicious