Black Forest Cupcakes recipe and review

I was recently sent a selection of flavoured icing sugars and cocoa powders to try out, by the lovely people at Sugar and Crumbs. I instantly loved the concept, it’s so original and would make baking so much more exciting! The flavour combinations would be almost endless and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Something which struck me immediately was that all the flavourings were natural. This is a massive plus point. Most of the flavourings are fruit, and I actually think sometimes artificial flavours taste nothing like they should, so I was looking forward to trying these. Sophie and I decided that we would try out the chocolate cherry flavoured cocoa powder and make some black forest cupcakes. I have made these previously using normal cocoa powder, but thought the added cherry flavour would make them something really special and we weren’t disappointed. I will definitely be trying out some of the other flavours available.

Black Forest Cupcakes

black forest cupcakes Makes 8


  • 40g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 25g chocolate cherry cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tsp cherry jam
  • 300ml carton double cream
  • grated chocolate or sprinkles to decorate

black forest cupcakes


  1. Combine the butter, flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  2. Mix together the egg and milk, and slowly add this to the flour mixture until smooth. Do not overmix
  3. Bake in a 160 degree preheated oven for 20-25 mins
  4. Cool on a wire rack
  5. When the cupcakes are cook make a small dent in each cupcake and fill with a teaspoon of cherry jam
  6. Whisk the cream until it forms stiff peaks and put into a piping bag. Pipe the cream onto the cupcakes. Grate some chocolate over the top to finish.

Disclosure – I was sent the cocoa powder and icing sugars for the purpose of review, however all thoughts, opinions and the recipe I used are my own.

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8 thoughts on “Black Forest Cupcakes recipe and review

  1. Emily @amummytoo

    These look wonderful – such a great combination of flavours and I love the finishing touches. Thanks so much for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now for this week. Hope you can join in! x


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