Chocolate muffin recipe – batch cooking with kids

I DON'T need an excuse to get baking, and it’s a great activity to do with the kids.

So this week I bring you chocolate muffins – a delicious treat to enjoy with a cuppa or even pack up in a picnic.

Chocolate muffins

Makes: 12
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 13-15 minutes


  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 150g margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2tbsp cocoa powder

For the icing:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 150g soft butter
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2tbsp boiling water


  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6 and line a 12-muffin tin with cases.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric whisk or wooden spoon, mix it together until you get a smooth batter.
  3. Use tablespoons to transfer the batter into each muffin case so they are all ¾ full.
  4. Pop the tray in the oven for 13-15 minutes until golden.
  5. Leave to cool before icing. If freezing, wait until you have defrosted the muffins to ice them.
  6. To make the icing, add the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and use an electric whisk to give it all a good mix. You may want to add a tablespoon of boiling water to loosen the icing and make it easier to decorate your muffins.
  7. Once the muffins have fully cooled, get icing!

Ready to freeze: If freezing, do not add icing as it will go soggy. Freeze all your muffins in a reusable freezer bag and ice when you want them.

Ready to eat: Remove the muffins from the freezer and defrost for around 45 minutes. Once fully defrosted, make up your icing and pipe or spoon on the top.

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