Best Easy-To-Make Chocolate Muffins Recipe


Those who follow this blog know that I love to cook-I mean REALLY, really love to cook but if I’m entirely honest (and I am being Honest Mum and all)-it’s baking which absolutely steals my heart every single time and especially when it’s with or for my children.

There is nothing I would rather do with my kids (or solo) than bake (drawing comes a close second and roaming in the countryside is up there too)-but baking is simply the best.

You get to be creative, lose yourself in chocolate (mostly) then scoff. What could be better?!

Yes, it can get messy with little people but the fun always outweighs the sticky hands and floors and seeing my sons’ sweet little faces when buns, muffins, cakes and biscuits GALORE come out of the oven is truly a joy to behold.

We usually make these muffins a couple of times a month on a weekend usually.

Best Basic Chocolate Muffin Recipe

Chocolate Muffin Recipe

I sometimes top these bad boys with melted dark chocolate or chocolate butter cream or make a batch with and also without to please everyone.

best chocolate muffins

The kids relished decorating the muffins with tiny marshmallows, gummy bears and sprinkles as you can see above and below. OK the ones you see below are totally not the ones my kids made or decorated, they are the ones I did as theirs looked a bit erm, messier and had finger marks prodded into them (see, always honest)!

I’ll leave those delightful shots for a baking outtakes post down the line!

Seriously though, the best thing about these muffins is that they are HONESTLY the quickest, easiest muffins kids could make.

Muffin recipes for baking with kids



12 servings

For the muffins:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (you can use gluten-free if you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of unrefined sugar

For decorating:

  • Buttercream
  • Various toppings


Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl pour the wet ingredients and whisk together. Add into the dry ingredients and fold. Mix quickly until you have a gloopy, slightly lumpy mixture.

Pour into paper muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes at 180°C.

I used shop bought chocolate butter cream here and decorated with various toppings. Go wild and use anything you fancy from nuts to dried fruit, chocolate toppings and more.

Let me know if you make them!

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64 Responses

  1. Victoria

    I am in love with muffins.
    Thanks for sharing this chocolate recipe with us.
    I am trying out this recipe this week.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Alyssa

    Hello Vicki, I am a big fan of chocolate muffins. I alway try to make them at home but didn’t succeed yet. After reading your blog I will again try to make them. Thank you.

  3. Petra / Be Healthy Now

    I never made muffins before but they seem so quick and easy to make, I really need to jump on this bandwagon! 🙂
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  4. Miss Polkadot

    Baking together is such a fun family activity – my mum did that with me and my siblings, too – and these muffins look delicious.
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  5. Katie

    Those look sooooo good and completely go against my diet. HOWEVER, I think my bubba may need to have some… and Ill check them for her!!
    #tastytuesday xx
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  6. Rosemary Rowe

    I love baking muffins, but I now bake them without cases as I find a lot of the muffin clings to the paper – at my age I shouldn’t be sucking the last of my muffin off the paper, lol!! I’m going to try your recipe though and do half with and half without cases to see what happens!! I don’t usually decorate mine, so this should be fun!

  7. clare

    I could so eat one of these right now! They look lovely – I also love cooking with kids Cx #tastytuesdays

    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Clare, so pleased you like them x
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  8. Shahida

    I love to bake with the children too. It does create a lot of cleaning up after but the enjoyment of making them and the laughter makes it all worth it. Thanks for sharing , great post.

  9. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    I love muffins… and this one looks so delicious and so simple to make too. It’s nice how you can top it up with anything as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe, will definitely give it a go at some point! #tastytuesdays

  10. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    OMG Vicki those muffins look sooooooooo delicious… Please would you come round and bake some for me?!! Hehe 😉

    Thank you for this link up, great idea to do one for recipes. I really should find some time to do more baking – the husband does it more than me at the moment…!

    Catherine x
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks darling, the linky has run for years, just thought I’d reach out to the BBP crowd to link to, please do more baking and come link up! Wish we lived closer and I’d come deliver you guys some muffins! x

  11. Eb Gargano

    What a lovely, easy but totally delicious recipe! My kids would love making (and eating) these. And so would I! 🙂 Eb x
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  12. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy

    I love a good muffin, carrot cake muffins are my downfall hence why I don’t make them often!
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    • Honest Mum

      OOh bet yours are fab! I can’t eat nuts but my Aunt recently made a nut free carrot cake that was out of this world x

  13. Vicki Montague

    Oh goodness me Vicki these look fabulous! I love the recipe and I can imagine your kids enjoying getting chocolate everywhere and decorating them!

  14. Jenny

    oh you can’t beat a good muffin or cupcake. These look like the perfect cross between! Yummy. Thanks for hosting lovely.

  15. Mrs Taylor

    these muffins look amazing! one to bookmark to try with the minions this holiday, thanks for sharing!! #tastytuesday

    • Honest Mum

      So true Jenny and thank you lovely, you are the queen of cakes so that means a lot x
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  16. Sophie

    Yummy looking muffins! I am inspired to make some banana muffins right now. Two ripe bananas are waiting in the fruitbowl. Perhaps they will turn into banana flapjack. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Sophie x

  17. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    I love love love baking too, so I can fully appreciate why it’s at the head of your list of other activities. Being covered in flour and cake decorations is just the best 🙂 and your gorgeous looking chocolate muffins look scrummy 🙂
    Angela x

  18. Corina

    They look gorgeous! I also love baking with my kids so definitely understand the way you have to decorate just two or three yourself for the pictures! Usually my daughter then wants to eat mine and I have to eat the ones she’s decorated!

  19. Joy | Yummy Seconds

    These looks tasty and easy to make. Topping these muffins with melted dark chocolate sounds delicious. Thanks so much for hosting Tasty Tuesdays.
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  20. Mina

    These muffins look scrumptious. I am amazed that I have all the ingredients at home already. This is a great recipe for sudden cake cravings and I cannot wait to try this. Enjoy your Spring break! 🙂

  21. Mel

    You quite simply can’t go wrong with choccie muffins! Who doesn’t love them? Kiddos love decorating them, and they’re so proud when you scoff a couple in succession, just for the sake of their beautiful artwork 🙂 xx

  22. Julie's Family Kitchen

    Absolutely agree, I love baking too. I can see why your kids like the muffins, they look amazing.
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  23. Angela

    These Chocolate Muffins look absolutely amazing!! I’m looking forward to making them with the kids, Pinned 🙂 Have a Lovely Spring Break & thank you for hosting the Link-Up!! xo
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