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One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake for One

We all love chocolate cupcakes, right? Deep, dark and rich (I'm not going to say moist - whoops, too late!) chocolate cake topped with wonderfully sweet, light and fluffy frosting has got to be one of the best things there is in life, but that's the problem. When presented with a tray of 12 beautiful chocolate cupcakes, what are you going to do? Politely pop around the neighbours' houses asking if they'd each like a cupcake and save just one for yourself? Uh, no. Gimme gimme gimme all the cupcakes!

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Fortunately, I've found the perfect balance between suffering from a severe chocolate cupcake craving and between not being able to fasten your jeans after going to town on 12 cupcakes - a recipe for a one-bowl chocolate cupcake for one! Yup - this recipe makes just one cupcake, uses just one bowl (which you can totally lick clean) and takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish. How great is that?

If you insist on being kind and sharing (or you're a growing girl and need double cupcakes!), you can double up on the ingredients to make two cupcakes and give the other one to someone else (or eat it yourself, I won't judge - it's what I would do).

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But seriously, I've tried doubling the ingredients to make two cupcakes and the recipe works just the same without adjusting the oven temperature or baking time. But anything more than doubling and you're on unfamiliar turf and I can't guarantee the results. You'd be better off finding a small batch chocolate cupcake recipe instead if you want more than two cupcakes.

You know what makes a one bowl chocolate cupcake for one even better? Cute cupcake liners! These pink polka dot cupcake liners cost just $2 for 24 and look gorgeous alongside the dark chocolate cupcake and pretty pink frosting, don't you think?

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📖 Recipe

A chocolate cupcake with pink swirled frosting

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcake for One

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 1 cupcake


  • 1 tablespoon egg white about ½ one medium-sized egg white
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated milk chocolate
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 1 cupcake liner.
  • Beat the egg white in a small bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Gently stir in the sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  • Fold in the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and grated chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  • Pour in the milk and gently stir until fully incorporated.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the cake is fully set and springy to the touch. Leave cool completely then frost as desired - I recommend Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting.


Recipe adapted from One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two from How Sweet it is.

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  1. Parsley Sage

    ...this is a dangerous cupcake recipe. I have zero self control as it is 😉 Looks absolutely delicious

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much 🙂

  2. thelittleloaf

    Sometimes all you want is one cupcake - now I have the recipe to do it! Perfect 🙂

    • Nicky

      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Shae

    That is a really need idea and adorable presentation to boot 🙂

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much, Shae!

  4. Elise

    So perfect for when you have that craving but don't need 2 dozen cupcakes! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much for the invite. I'll see you there!

  5. Amy Stebbins

    OMG...YUMMY! and I love the pink frosting on the top! I totally just printed this recipe out!

    • Nicky

      That's fantastic! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

  6. Kelly

    Sounds dangerous! But danger is my middle name. 🙂
    Thanks for chance to eat more cupcakes! 🙂

    • Nicky

      Haha no problem, Kelly!

    • Nicky

      Thank you so much, Christina! 🙂

  7. Jocie@TheBetterHalf

    I wish I had seen this 2 hours ago! I was totally wanting to make just two cupcakes for my daughters! thanks for a great recipe.

    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much for the party invite. I'll see you there!

  8. Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl

    These looks delicious! I found you though the SundayFunday link up. I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest this week

    Fresh Eggs Daily

    • Nicky

      Thanks for the invite. I'll see you there! 🙂

  9. HungryLittleGirl

    I love single serve recipes, and this one looks so scrumptious!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there this week too 🙂

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  10. Michelle

    You are a lifesaver! I've been looking for single recipes. I can't wait to try this. Looks delicious. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  11. Rebecca

    This looks GREAT! Looking forward to giving it a go! Thanks for linking up to WTFAB's Sunday Funday Bloghop!
    Rebecca (cohost)

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much, Rebecca 🙂

  12. Katie @ Oh Shine On

    I'll take two -- thanks 🙂

  13. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    These recipe for just one cupcakes is great idea! I've featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don't mind! If you don't agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

  14. Pamela

    Oh I love 1 serving desserts, but they could be a little dangerous! Your one bowl cupcake has been featured at Heavenly Sunday link party, make sure to come over tomorrow to get your button!

    • Nicky

      Thanks so much for the feature, Pamela! 🙂

  15. Sam

    What about the icing.. Do you have the recipe for that?

  16. Maddie

    Amazing Cupcake! turned out beautiful!

  17. Grace

    There's a flaw in the recipe and directions!
    The recipe calls for milk, but the directions never tell you when to put the milk in! Please fix this for future confused bakers! Thanks!

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thank you so much for pointing this out, Grace! I've just updated the recipe - you add the milk just before the cake bater goes in the oven.

  18. Laurie

    I actually made this. I followed the recipe exactly except I substituted low fat strawberry kefir for the milk. Took a little longer to bake than expected. It was delicious! Highly recommend.

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Laurie! I'm so happy your substitution worked out well 🙂

  19. Glenda

    I was craving chocolate cake today. ...your chocolate cupcake saved me! Was delicious! Thank you.

    • Nicola

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it Glenda 🙂

  20. Jenny Norton

    Lol I completely messed up this recipe - quadrupled it, which actually made six in my silicon muffin pan; forgot the salt completely; forgot to get cocoa, so subbed flour (half tbsp instead of 1); and melted the chocolate instead of grating it - and, after a bit more time baking (I checked every two minutes after 8, but lost count, lol), they still turned out GREAT! Thank you so much! Perfect for my granddaughter's first bday...and some for my husband and I - plus extras for testing and my daughter when she comes by! This one's going in my recipe box! Now to get your frosting made...

    • Nicola

      I'm so happy the recipe worked out for you, Jenny, even with all your substitutions and changes!! 🙂

  21. plasterer bristol

    Yummy this was gorgeous. Great little recipe. Thanks. Simon.

  22. Mimi

    I haven't even tasted the cupcake yet but the batter tasted like pudding, I'm so excited!

    • Nicola

      I know, right?! I hope you enjoyed your baked cupcake as well as the batter! 😀

  23. sbg

    Am I the only one to get two cupcakes out of this recipe? Is it for one of those giant cupcakes and I missed that?

    Not that I'm complaining, just confused. No way would that amount of batter fit into one liner. Hmmm. I guess I'll just have one for tomorrow as well!