Simply Chocolate Cup Cakes with Chef Solutions Simply Mash

Key Information

  • Serves: 30
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 22 mins


200g dried dates

200ml hot water

360g McCain Chef Solutions Simply Mash

320g white self-raising flour

160g wholemeal self-raising flour

40g cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

4 tsp baking powder

6 eggs

240ml rapeseed oil

4 tbsp honey

4 tsp vanilla extract

Optional cream cheese topping

600g extra light cream cheese

3 tbsp honey

4 tsp cocoa powder


1. Cover the dried dates with the hot water, cover and set aside overnight.

2. When you are ready to make the cupcakes; place the dates and their syrup into a blender and reduce to a paste. Add a little more water to loosen if required.

3. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

4. Cook the Chef Solutions Simply Mash according to pack instructions. Mash well and leave to cool.

5. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.

6. Beat together your eggs, rapeseed oil, honey and vanilla extract. Once cool enough stir ten tablespoons of the date paste into the Chef Solutions Simply Mash before gradually whisking in the liquid ingredients.

7. Carefully fold the wet mash mixture into the dry ingredients. The cake batter should resemble a chocolate mousse in appearance.

8. Spoon into 7cm bun cases and bake for 22 minutes or until well risen and cooked through.

*For the optional topping

1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine well with a fork. Spread or pipe a small amount onto each cupcake.