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Student Recipes

Chocolate fondant cupcakes recipe

Whether you're looking for a quick bake to impress your housemates or to celebrate the end of exams, chocolate fondant buns are the answer to everything. Everything.

chocolate cupcakes

These chocolate buns are super easy to make and will give you an (albeit short-lived, depending on how quickly you eat them) sanctuary from stress. Indulge in a light chocolatey bun with a rich chocolate sauce centre and your worries will melt along with them.

So, if you're looking for the perfect hassle-free recipe for chocolate fondant cupcakes, look no further.

You can make around 12 cupcakes for just £2.75 – working out at just £0.23 per cake!

It's a good idea to invest in some handy kitchen scales to weigh all the ingredients out – they're one of many kitchen gadgets we can't live without.

Chocolate buns recipe

baking ingredients


Makes: 12 cupcakes | Costs: around £2.75* (£0.23 per cupcake) | Time taken: 45 mins

For the cakes

  • 200g plain flour (£0.08)
  • 50g cocoa powder (£0.40)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (£0.03)
  • 200g caster sugar (£0.27)
  • 115g softened butter, cut into cubes (£0.69)
  • 2 eggs (£0.26)
  • 200ml milk (£0.10).

For the sauce

  • 140ml double cream (£0.47)
  • 85g dark chocolate broken into small chunks (£0.43)
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar (£0.02).


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C or gas mark 6.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, caster sugar and butter, whisking them until there are no lumps left. Next, add in the eggs and mix well, followed by the milk.
  3. Line a muffin tin with 12 bun cases (or you could just use greaseproof paper if you prefer) and divide the mixture equally across the bun cases.
  4. Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Check the cakes are springy to the touch (as opposed to squishy), then remove them from the bun tin and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  6. While the cupcakes are cooling, get started on the chocolate sauce that will go in the middle of them.
  7. In a pan, heat the double cream until steam starts to come from it (but don't let it boil!).
  8. Add the dark chocolate and sugar to the cream and leave it on the heat for around 30 seconds, continually stirring until the chocolate has completely melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  9. Leave the chocolate sauce to cool and thicken a little, and aim for a consistency where it's a little runnier than custard.
  10. Once the buns have cooled to just above room temperature (so they feel slightly warm to the touch), cut out a cylinder down the middle of each bun, keeping the cut-out pieces of cake.
  11. Pour the chocolate sauce into the holes in the cupcakes until almost full, then place the crust that had been cut out back on top. Repeat for all buns, and enjoy the chocolate fondant cakes!

Love chocolate? Of course you do. So, why not check out our easy chocolate truffle recipe?

* Prices are correct as of October 2020 (using prices as guidelines).


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