Wednesday, 12 May 2010

At Home: Chocolate mocha cupcakes

Choclette, this one's for you.

A few days ago, I came across a chocolate mocha layer cake recipe on Choclette's lovely blog, attributed to the Primrose Bakery Cookbook, but tweaked with the addition of Greek yogurt and coffee.

Being more of a savoury girl, my baking repertoire largely consists of simple cupcakes (my favourites: lime cupcakes drizzled with Absinthe, chocolate cupcakes drizzled with Frangelico - I'm a sucker for boozy cake) and little else. Not the massive American-style ones, I should add.

This recipe produces the lightest cake texture, and trumps the lot. Maybe the yogurt is the secret. Here it is, adapted from Choclette's adaptation of a Primrose Bakery recipe.
  • 200g 70% dark chocolate (I used Green & Blacks)
  • 170g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 350g soft brown sugar
  • 3 duck egg yolks
  • 185g wholemeal plain flour
  • 185g white plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarb of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 250g Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp instant espresso coffee (dissolved in a little water)
  • 1 tbsp semi-skimmed or full fat milk
For the cupcakes (makes about 16)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie and leave to cool.
2. Cream the softened butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in the yolks, followed by the melted cooled chocolate.
3. Sift the two flours with the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold into butter mixture, along with 250ml water.
4. Fold in the yogurt and vanilla extract.
5. Spoon into paper muffin cases sitting in a muffin tray, and bake for 20 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Careful: they are light in texture so very delicate!

For the icing
Beat the butter with the icing sugar, coffee, and milk until smooth. Spread or pipe over each cooled cupcake.

In the absence of chocolate-covered coffee beans, I gave mine two different toppings: grated white chocolate, and blueberries.


  1. Oh thank you Laura, so glad I inspired you to make something. These look wonderful and as you say you've tweaked this recipe yet again, so this is now yours. I love it how recipes get passed on and changed as they go.

  2. Oh wonderfully dedicated. Choclette's blog is really inspirational for all things sweet and choclatey!

    I would fancy one with a cuppa later.