Dark Chocolate Cupcake/Chocolate cake (Eggless)

Cupcake is a small cake meant for one person and can be with or without frosting. Cake batter used for baking cakes can be used to bake cupcakes too. These little pieces of joy can be then frosted with chocolate ganache, butter-cream, royal icing, whipped cream, cream cheese frosting and sour cream which are some of the popular frostings.

Making a beautiful cake or cupcakes for a special occasion is a real gift of love. Baking and cake decorating is for all. It is not at all difficult. All you need to do is to get the basics right and then even a beginner can create wonderful cakes and cupcakes.


These cupcakes are one of my favourites and just too delish. I have been using this recipe for years and  my friends and family don't get bored of this recipe ever. 

Same recipe can be used to make rich dark chocolate cake too. It will yield about 1/2 kg chocolate cake. This recipe is easy and tried and tested. I guarantee that once you try it, you will make it repeatedly for birthdays and anniversarys.


Cupcakes(makes 11-12)

  • 125 gm plain flour
  • 2 Tbsp Drinking Chocolate Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda( Meetha soda)
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tin milkmaid
  • 4 Tbsp Semi-soft Amul butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla essence
  • 50 ml Drinking Soda/ Milk ( room temperature)

Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup Amul Cream
  • 2 cups chopped Dark chocolate


  • Pre-heat oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
  • Strain all dry ingredients i.e. flour, drinking chocolate, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and powdered sugar together thrice. Divide it in three parts and keep aside.
  • Empty 1/2 tin milkmaid in a bowl and whisk using electric beater for 5 minutes. Now add butter and whisk together till mixture becomes lighter in colour.
  • Now fold dry ingredients and drinking soda in the milkmaid mixture one part at a time. Add vanilla essence in the end.
  • Line cupcake try with cupcake liners and pour batter 1/2 way.

  • Bake at 170 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

 Chocolate cake

  • Using the same ingredients, prepare cake batter.
  • Grease and dust springform cake mould.
  • Pour batter in the cake mould and bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes or till baked through. Check by inserting a skewer or a knife.
  • Take out of oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then release from the mould by unlocking the ring.
  • Dust a plate/board with icing sugar and turn the cake upside down on that plate/board. Now gently remove the bottom plate of the springform cake mould.
  • After an hour, using a cake knife, carefully cut cake horizontally into two parts for frosting and keep aside.

Chocolate ganache for frosting

Now we get down to chocolate ganache. Chocolate ganache is a French term which basically means smooth and "wanting to dive into it" mixture of chocolate and cream. It is an amazing topping which can be used for making truffles, tarts, glaze and decorate cakes. I have used Amul Cream and Morde Dark Chocolate to make it.


  • Heat cream in a non-stick deep pan over medium heat. Just when you see bubbles forming, turn off the gas.
  • Immediately add chopped dark chocolate in cream and using a spatula stir in circular motion till chocolate is totally melted with cream.
  • Mixture should be silky smooth without any lumps.
  • Once the mixture comes at room temperature, spread half ganache on 1 st layer of cake evenly with the help of a palette knife. Now place 2nd layer of cake over it and cover with rest of the ganache. Decorate with strawberries, oreo biscuits, wafers and ferrero rocher chocolates as desired.
  • For piping on cupcakes, put ganache in refrigerator for an hour.
  • Pour ganache in a piping bag and pipe desired designs using nozzles.
  • Refrigerate after decorating the cupcakes and consume within 2-3 days.

Some basic rules to follow
  1. Clean and dry all the equipments required.
  2. Use good quality ingredients.
  3. Always follow the recipe.
  4. Assemble all the ingredients before you commence baking.
  5. Pre-heat oven.

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