Chocolate Buttermilk Surprise Cupcakes

I surprised my friend Natalie with these delicious cupcakes as a thank you gift. Her favourite chocolate is "kinder surprise" chocolate and hence they are fittingly named "Chocolate Buttermilk Surprise Cupcakes." The buttermilk within this recipe makes the chocolate cupcakes light and moist and pairs well with the chocolate buttercream icing. So, who will you be surprising with these chocolately little cakes?

Ingredients for Batter
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup [low fat] buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for Icing
260g icing sugar
110g butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk
1/3 cup cocoa (more or less to taste)
+ kinder surprise chocolates, chopped up roughly

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare enough patty cases for 24 cupcakes. In a bowl, sift together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon and then create a well. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Pour this into the well of the dry ingredients, and using a whisk, combine the ingredients until smooth and no flour streaks remain. Your batter will be fairly liquidy, but pour them into the patty cases. Bake them for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with a miniscule amount of crumbs. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire tray and leave to cool before icing. To make the icing, beat together the butter and vanilla. Gradually add the sifted icing sugar until smooth. Then gradually the sifted cocoa; adding more or less to suit your taste. Top the cupcakes with roughly chopped up bits of kinder surprise chocolate.


  1. kinder surprise...can't go wrong with chocolate...never can't go wrong....

  2. I love Kinder surprise chocolates too-I will have to bookmark this post and try this recipe as soon as I can get some buttermilk. Thanks for posting it!

    Best wishes for a lovely week,

  3. your friend natalie is so lucky- pistachio cake, donut cake, white choc cheesecake and now these, not to mention her trying like 80% of the baked goods on this blog- haha
    these are really absolutely delicious, the kinder surprise is so yummy with it and they are so light and fluffy- which makes it very easy to eat a lot of them! plus the icing is amazing!

  4. They look scrummy - who doesn't love a kinder surprise??? I may just surprise myself ;0)

  5. The kinder surprise topping is a stroke of genius! These look beautiful.

  6. I love the look and sound of these - they're fab!

  7. WOW ! I love Cupcakes! Definitely a success :)

  8. This is a fabulous looking cupcake. It sounds delicious.

  9. can surprise me with these scrumptious cuties any day ;o)
    Flavourful wishes,

  10. Chocolate cupcakes have to be my all-time favortie dessert. Yours look wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am really looking forward to make them:)

    I will surprise my family with them, but I will probably eat the most.

  11. kinder chocolates are my favorite! these cupcakes look sooo yummy...and what a coincidence i´ve been looking for a moist chocolate cupcake recipe!

  12. To all the beautiful bloggers above: You know what? I would love to surprise you with these cupcakes! Thank you so much for leaving lovely comments that make me smile each day.

  13. I love buttermilk in cakes - it's so light. These looks stunning - is it wrong to want one at just gone 8am?

  14. These look very tempting and I'm sure were much appreciated.


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