Chocolate fondant cupcakes – 4 easy steps
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.
These chocolate buns are super easy to make and will give you an (albeit short-lived, depending on how quickly you scoff them!) sanctuary from stress. Indulge in a light chocolatey bun with a rich chocolate sauce centre and your worries will melt along with them!
If you've got some spare time during the holidays, or you're looking for a way to procrastinate, this is the perfect hassle-free recipe.
You can get all the ingredients for around a tenner, and that will get you at least two batches – working out at just £0.42 per bun!
Chocolate buns recipe
Makes: 12 buns | Cost: around £10
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- 200g plain flour (60p)
- 50g cocoa powder (£2)
- 1 tsp baking powder (£1.40)
- 200g caster sugar (£1.10)
- 115g softened butter, cut into cubes (£1.60)
- 2 eggs (89p)
- 200ml milk (50p)
And for the sauce:
- 140ml double cream (£1.05)
- 85g dark chocolate broken into small chunks (80p)
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
How to make chocolate fondant buns
Mix your ingredients
First, preheat your oven to 180C or Gas Mark 6. Grab a large bowl and mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, caster sugar and butter, whisking until there are no lumps left.
Add the eggs and mix in well, followed by the milk.
Divide equally across bun cases
Line a bun tin with bun cases (or you can just use greaseproof paper) and transfer the mixture into the individual cases.
Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for around 30 minutes until the buns are springy to the touch (as opposed to squishy). Remove the cakes from the bun tin and put them on a wire rack to cool.
Make your chocolate sauce
While your buns are cooling, you can get started on the chocolate sauce that goes in the middle of your buns.
In a pan, heat the double cream until you can see steam starting to come off of it (but don't let it boil!).
Add the dark chocolate and sugar, and allow it to dissolve in the hot cream for around 30 seconds. Make sure you continually stir until the chocolate has completely melted.
Leave to cool and thicken a little while the buns are still cooling. The sauce should be a little runnier than custard.
Add the fondant to the buns
Once the buns have cooled to just above room temperature (so they only feel slightly warm when you touch them), cut out a cylinder in the centre of each bun reaching down to the middle. Keep the piece of bun that you removed so that you can place the crust back on top.
Pour the chocolate sauce into the well you just made until almost full and then place the crust you saved back on top. Repeat for all of the buns.
And voila! Your chocolate fondant buns ready to go to town on!
Remember that you'll have a fair bit left over of most of the ingredients you've used for this, so you should be able to make at least one more batch (perfect to get you through revision).
Enjoy, and good luck hiding them from your housemates!
We have a whole load of great budget recipes for students over on our recipes page. Check it out for inspiration on what to cook next!