Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Today marks Chocolate Cake Day, there’s only one recipe for the occasion…chocolate cherry muffins!


Cherries are really at their very best at the moment and they look so glorious on top of a cake or muffin, although I have to admit that I often top half of mine with sprinkles, because everybody loves sprinkles.

These are great if you don’t have a mixer as you just stir the ingredients into a custardy batter in a saucepan with a wooden spoon. No creaming or whipping required. Adding the rich ganache is gilding the lily really, but it serves as a delicious chocolate glue to stick the cherry on top.


2 tablespoons cocoa powder
100g soft brown sugar
220ml water
50g cornflour
75g butter – cut into cubes
75g good quality milk chocolate – chopped
50g dark chocolate – chopped
75ml sunflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
125g caster sugar
2½ teaspoons baking powder sifted into 125g plain flour


120g chocolate
120ml double cream


1 Put the cocoa, soft brown sugar, water and cornflour into a medium, non-stick saucepan and stir gently but constantly with a wooden spoon until it melts, then thickens.
2 As lumps appear, pull it off the heat and beat with the spoon.
3 Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and chocolate until it’s melted.
4 Add one egg and the oil and vanilla and stir well.
5 Add the second egg and caster sugar and stir again.
6 Pour the flour/baking powder in and stir well until completely mixed.
7 Spoon into 12-13 muffin cases in a muffin tray and bake for 25 minutes at 170ºc

To finish

• While they are cooling heat 120ml of double cream in a small pan.
• When it is hot, and as it starts to bubble at the edges take it off the heat and stir in 120g of chocolate.
• Let this cool a little until it is thick and spoonable then spoon onto the muffins.
• Top with a cherry.

We’d love to see your version of these rich and gorgeous cakes, so leave a message in the comments if you give them a go.

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