jam filled chocolate cupcakes

Okay okay okay, I know. MORE chocolate. I just can’t help it. I live, eat, breath, sleep, dream chocolate. It’s definitely my ‘thing’, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon! I eat something chocolate based every day, and over the past week or so I’ve definitely had my fair share of chocolatey goodness.. (one day I even ate three of these cupcakes in a row after breakfast… Oops).

I first made this recipe as an adaption of my ‘Mocha Muffin for One‘ recipe. Last weekend I was attending a special day for the People4Ponies charity, where I learnt about what they do, and how they help so many wild and traumatised ponies that have had particularly tough lives. For the event, I wanted to make some cakes to share with everyone and to say thank you for what they do, so I took a batch of my Lemon Drizzle Muffins, and made my first version of these special cupcakes.

When I made these, I multiplied and adjusted my mocha muffin recipe, went totally crazy and combined all of the suitable ingredients I had at home (as yet again I had almost run out of everything in my pantry – why do I always do that!?) to make a nice, chocolatey batch of cupcakes. Running low on cocoa powder and maple syrup, I originally made these with maple syrup, rice syrup, cacao powder and cocoa powder. As happy as I was with the result, I knew I had to simplify down my long list of ingredients before I shared the recipe with you on here.

On the day, the cupcakes went down pretty well, and I had people asking me for the recipe after just one bite – which was the best compliment I could ever receive! So, when I returned home, I knew that my task for this week was to finalise this recipe. I honestly have to say that this is my absolute favourite batch of cupcakes to date. The sponge is really light and moist, but it’s the jam and frosting that steal the show… I topped the cakes with a dark and rich fudgy chocolate glaze, and filled them inside with a surprise spoonful of jam! Sooo good.

I love using St. Dalfour jams for these as they’re made purely from fruit and are really full of flavour with a natural sweetness. When I make them, I like to use a mixture of their jams so that each cake has a different flavour, some containing apricot, some containing cherry etc. Then, lastly I top them with the frosting, a fruit that matches the jam and a piece of the cupcake I’ve scooped out. I think my favourite jam flavours for these are apricot, raspberry and cherry. They really compliment the chocolatey taste – but, feel free to use whichever kind you like!

jam filled chocolate cupcakes

makes 6


for the cupcakes:

1/2 cup (60g) cocoa powder

4 tbsp buckwheat flour

3 tbsp tapioca flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

3/4 cup (185ml) almond milk

1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup

15 drops liquid stevia – roughly (amount to taste)

vanilla, to taste

for the frosting:

4 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp tiana’s cooking coconut butter

2 tbsp almond milk

pinch salt

for the jam:

6 spoonfuls jam of choice – I used St. Dalfour



1. Begin by making the cupcakes. Add the cocoa powder, buckwheat flour, tapioca flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl, and mix together. Then, add in the almond milk, maple syrup, stevia and vanilla. Using a hand whisk, fold all of the mixture together until smooth – it will be fairly runny.

2. Line a muffin tin with 6 muffin/large cupcake cases, and pour the mixture into each case. They should fill each one about 3/4 full. Then, transfer the cupcakes into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until risen, and firm on top with some cracks. When the cupcakes have baked, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool.

3. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut butter, almond milk and salt into a pan and place onto a low medium heat. Stir all of the ingredients together for about 5 minutes until smooth, the coconut butter has melted and a fudgy consistency has formed. Then, remove it from the heat an set aside.

4. Now, fill the cupcakes. Get the cupcakes, and using a spoon, scoop out a hole  in the middle of each (the size depends on how much jam you want). Then, take a jam of choice, and scoop a spoonful inside. When this is done, get the frosting, and scoop 1/6 of it on top of each cupcake, to cover the cupcake and jam. Then, take the bits of cupcake you scooped out, and place them on top of the glaze with a piece fruit to finish! You can enjoy these straight away while the frosting and cakes are still slightly warm, or you can place them in a cool, dry place to set for a few hours for a firmer finish.

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61 thoughts on “jam filled chocolate cupcakes

  1. I need more chocolate — that makes two of us! I am just so FOND of chocolate! And OMG, these jam filled cupcakes are absolutely stunning and divine! I need them right now! YUM!

    1. I can never have too much chocolate! Thank you so much Anu!!

  2. Harriet, these cupcakes look so phenomenal! *insert heart eyes* I’m going grocery shopping today and I have to pick up the ingredients to make these. I don’t know if they’ll look as wonderful as yours but I definitely want to try these! You post the most amazing recipes! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Steph!! I hope you enjoy them! You are so kind!!

  3. You aren’t going to get any complaints from me about chocolate posts! I am a huge fan of chocolate and your recipes so this is a wonderful combination! Love how you filled these with jam–so creative!! 🙂

    1. Yay! Thank you so much Sam! So glad you like them 🙂

  4. You never need to apologize for posting more chocolate! I think chocolate every day is a perfect way to live, I’m the same way 🙂 You take decadent to a whole new level! I love the little flower wrappers that make them seem all sweet and playful, but on the inside they are so sophisticated and dark and rich and fudgey <3 If you can't tell I'm almost drooling over here! And the last pic with the cherry sliding down the chocolate frosting waterfall…yeah definitely drooling now 😀 Love it!

    1. That makes me so happy, thank you so much Natalie! I completely agree – I’m always needing a piece! You are so kind!

  5. I, for one, will never, ever, ever be able to have too much chocolate – ever! So keep these coming! These cupcakes look phenomenal – my only complaint is that one of these are not in front of me right now!

    1. Same here, Shashi! Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. These cupcakes look divine! Love all that gooey chocolatey goodness. I could definitely devour the entire batch of these! Stunning pictures.

    1. Thank you so much Jess!!

  7. There is nothing wrong with more chocolate. These look absolutely incredible. Chocolate and cherry is one of my favourite flavour combinations, although I feel like I say that about a lot of things haha.

    1. I couldn’t agree more Dannii!! Thank you so much! Same here – I have so many favourite flavour combos haha!!

  8. oh my God, these look absolutely delicious! xx, kenz

    1. Thank you so much Kenz!

  9. Omg…these look like heaven! Chocolate is my thing too 😉 Can you even believe that some people are chocolate haters!? CRAZY!!!

    1. Thank you!! I know 😮 It’s my favourite thing!!!

  10. Goodness these cupcakes look good! I love the sound of the jam with the chocolate! And they are so pretty with how you topped them!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley!!!

  11. look at all that jam and chocolate!! Gahhh!! there can never be enough chocolate Harriet, so keep the recipes coming!!

    1. Hehe, thank you so much Manali 🙂

  12. These look absolutely incredible, Harriet. It’s chocolate upon chocolate with a beautiful cherry on top. The charity you took them to sounds wonderful. 🙂

    1. You are so kind, thank you so much Linda!

  13. These look as pretty as the cupcakes you drew recently! Hehehe! I LOVE that you’re chocolate-obsessed lately, pls don’t stop haha

    1. Hehe, thank you so much! The cherry on top was actually inspired by the drawings!!

  14. Oh.My.Yum! Keep on with the chocolate, girly! I’m a bit obsessed with it myself and can’t seem to get enough! These are just the cutest cupcakes! I love how you filled these with jam and then used the scooped out cake on the top…so artsy! I’m always amazed at the culinary creations you come up with. You are so creative! 😉

    1. Yay! Thank you so much Joscelyn! I’m so glad you like them! 😀

  15. Oooh I’ve been whipping up chocolate and cherry treats this week too – great minds! These cupcakes are really beautiful! Just love that gorgeous cherry on top! Wouldn’t last long in my house 🙂

    1. They’re the best! Thank you so much Jess!

  16. Wow, Harriet! These look amazing!! 🙂 You can never get enough of chocolate!!

    1. Thank you so much Sina! I completely agree!

  17. Can’t stop looking at these beautiful cupcakes! Great combination, love cherries! Pinning of course!

    1. Thank you so much Mira!!!

  18. These cupcakes are gorgeous, Harriet! I love that you filled each of them with a different jam and then topped them with frosting! I can totally see why you had three for breakfast – they sound amazing!

    1. Hehe, thank you so much Kelly! They made a pretty good breakfast!!

  19. OMGEEEE YUM! theses look freaking amazing girl! absolutel chocolate HEAVEN! 😉

    1. Hehehehe thank you so much Michele!

  20. hey, chocolate lover!!! I love these cupcakes . . ohmygawd . . that inside shot. Wow!!! These cupcakes look so good!! I would eat three of these cupcakes in a row FOR breakfast… 😛

    1. Thank you so much Alice! So glad you like these! Hehehe, they do taste pretty great for breakfast!

  21. You really love baking and cooking.
    I hope i’ll be like that LOL.
    Thanks for sharing this tasty cupcakes.
    Makes me want to grab one.

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    1. Hehehe, I do! Thank you so much!

  22. Wow, these cupcakes are one heck of a way to say thank you and show people your appreciation!! I can imagine how well these were received (and devoured)!! The money shot of the inside is making me drool, and I can’t even eat chocolate!!! My husband though, however, is a choc-oholic, like you. He will LOVE these! With a rich, fudgy chocolate glaze and the surprise jam filled center??? I’m sure he will be in heaven! <3 Pinned!! Cheers to a beautiful rest of the weekend, girlfriend!

    1. Thank you so much Cheyanne!! I’m so sorry you can’t eat chocolate!! I hope he enjoys them!! I hope you had an amazing weekend 🙂

  23. These look gorgeous, Harriet! They look so decadent. I love the jam filling and the way you garnished the top. I can imagine being in chocolate heaven after taking a bite of one of these!! Wow <3

    1. Thank you so much Beeta, chocolate and jam is my new favourite combination! 🙂

  24. I’ve been waiting for these ever since you posted them on facebook! They look fantastic, so fudgy, rich and decadent! I want one now so badly!! 😀

    1. Thank you so much Nadia! I hope you like them 🙂

  25. wow!!! these look absolutely amazing…I love the buckwheat with the cocoa. It just compliments each other. Beautiful pics too. =)

    1. Thank you so much Chrysta!

  26. Omg these look divine! I need to make them ASAP!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    1. Thank you so much Shannon!!

  27. There’s nothing wrong with more cupcakes. Especially when it’s in the form of these decadent cupcakes!!

    1. Hehehe, thank you so much Zainab! 🙂

  28. Wow do these sound incredible, Harriet! Jam and chocolate were definitely meant to be together. I love the looks of these. Sounds like it could make a great breakfast!

    1. I completely agree! Thank you so much Gayle!!

  29. Well you know how much I love chocolate, lol, so no problem there! These look so rich and chocolatey and amazing!! Love the cherries on top, it makes them look so much more fancy! I’m not much of a jam girl but I bet a dollop of peanut butter would be really good in there too and I’ve been wanting to do a peanut butter filled muffin of sorts lately and now this has me craving one! These are just perfect and I can see why everybody loved them Harriet! They are so pretty!

  30. These look amazing, love the cherry on top. Dalfour is one of my favourite jams, lovely choice for these scrumptious delights.

  31. Hi Harriet,
    YUMMYLICIOUS! This look absolutely incredible. I can’t stop looking at these beautiful cup cakes! loved the filling and the garnish on the top. I have to surely give a try. Super awesome share. 🙂

  32. I bet these are DELISH!!

  33. Chocolate and cherry and is one of my fav combo’s! I think I’ll need to try these out soon 🙂

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