Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate.

If there’s such thing as an “easy sell” in our house, nothing pleases everyone more than absolutely anything I make whose name starts with chocolate. In fact, my kids’ cheers of joy usually drown me out before I can even get the whole word out of my mouth.

Take these Chocolate Muffins for instance. Recently, my two little angels were in the midst of a quarrel at the kitchen table and I was starting to lose my patience from all the bickering. Using my best diversionary skills I announced to them, “I made chocol…”. They were sold before they even knew what it was that I made — amazing, the power chocolate in any form has over my kids. After each of their first bites, there was peace in the world (at least momentarily)….and something delicious in their tummies.

These chocolate muffins are light as a feather, but also pack a rich punch of chocolate. The next time you’re trying to grab everyone’s attention, just whip up a batch of these and watch what happens!

*The ever sweet and talented Recipe Girl posted these muffins on her site last week, but just in case you didn't see them and wanted to make sure you got to see them here!

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Chocolate Muffins (12 regular-sized or 24 mini-muffins)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease 12 regular or 24 mini muffin tins.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and the egg. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
4. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.
5. Bake 18 – 22 minutes (8-10 minutes for mini muffins), or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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92 comments

  • Kirsten D

    oh my goodness, i'm totally making these today!! do you think adding a handful of chocolate chips would be ok?

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    • Monette

      I would!:) I do it all the time!

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    • Catherine

      That would be yummy!

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    • Crystal Z

      Oohh, adding in a handful of peanut butter chips would be delicious too! Chocolate-peanut butter muffins :D

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  • Mary

    How do we make these with whole wheat pastry flour?

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    • Jennifer

      Sub out half the all-purpose flour for whole-wheat pastry flour.

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  • Kassy

    would you be able to use coconut oil in this recipe?

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  • Mandie

    Technically, these would be Cocoa Muffins, as they do not contain any chocolate. I'm disappointed in your recipes these days. Many of them contain processed ingredients like white sugar, canola oil, and all purpose flour. I'd like to see you get back to using whole foods again.

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    • Catherine

      Thank you so much for your input! I take it to heart. Weelicious strives to offer recipes for all kinds of people. From dietary restrictions to pumped-up healthier alternatives as well as the occasional indulgent treat!

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    • Jenny

      I think the majority rules here. We love Weelicious and all it has to offer! Thank you, Catherine, for giving us such a wonderful resource for feeding our families. I love coming to your site every day, and look forward to all of your recipes, even the chocolate ones (let's be truthful here - especially the chocolate ones!) I believe in moderation, which is why I love Weelicious, and these recipes give me the tools to make treats for my family rather than opting for store-bought or from-a-box mixes. I love your philosophy on food and feeding kids, and I hope you keep writing this blog for a very long time!

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    • Diana

      I'm all for homemade treats and think it is sad so many kids are denied them these days. ( Wonder what effect that will have when they are older...)

      I'll be making these for sure!

      Sometimes sugar just works best and 1/2 cup for the whole recipe is not that much - esp for chocolate. And really, is there such a huge difference between sugar and alternative sweeteners?? I'm thinking of the high arsenic content that was just discovered in brown rice syrup. It's not always clear cut these days unfortunately.

      Weelicious has given me so many easy and healthy meals (and treats) for my whole family. Thank you Catherine!

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  • Karen

    whoa mandi's comments are a bit harsh. i think the recipes are great. although some recipes contain processed ingredients, catherine's recipes provide an alternative to processed, packaged foods most mothers purchase at the market. not only are they on the healthier side, but they're super easy and delicious. as a mom, those are the only pre-requisites i need. if you're not happy, go somewhere else for whole foods recipes. great job catherine!

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    • Alexandria

      I completely agree. My family used to buy all processed but she has inspired me to get into the kitchen. Great job Catherine

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    • Lorie

      Thanks for putting it perfectly, Karen!

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  • Cathy

    Agree w/ Karen, great job Catherine and many thanks!!

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  • Mary

    If your not happy with the recipes then look elsewhere. Some of the recipes are fine in moderation just like anything else and honestly I would much rather give this to my son than many other things that are in stores. I've learned alot from this website and I love Catherine for what she is doing!!!!

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  • Sylvia

    Ditto to marys comment. One of my favorite parts of the day is checking into weelicious and being inspired. You make me look like a superstar in the kitchen catherine! Thank u!

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  • Lynn

    my son and i just had one for dessert=thanks for the quick, easy, and satisfying recipe! (middle eastern chicken burgers for supper...)

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  • Andrea

    These sound so yummy! This will be a weekend treat! :)

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    • Andrea

      Oh, and I wanted to add, it's so much better than all the additives of stuff sitting on the shelf for a few months. Everything in moderation!

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  • April

    I appreciate the variety of foods offered on Weelicious. Some are super healthy, others are an occasional treat. All are homemade and offer parents inspiration for preparing foods for our children instead of buying packaged products with loads of preservatives and artificial ingredients. If a recipe doesn't appeal to me (for whatever reason) I simply don't make it. Katherine is doing us all a favor everyday that she delivers her wonderful emails to our boxes. Personally I don't know how she has time for a family and to make all these foods, photograph them and email them out! I'm impressed everyday I open her emails. Thank you!!

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  • Susan

    I love the idea of these muffins...I try to make banana mini muffins on Sundays with the weeks' left over bananas, but with 3 kids 5 and under, there aren't always left overs! This is a great, fun alternative and mini muffins are the perfect size for kids to get a treat in a perfect, small size.

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  • Angela Happy Fit Mama

    Making asap!!! Yum!

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  • Michelle

    My family is going to love these!

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  • Jennifer

    Thanks for another yummy looking recipe, I can't wait to try these.

    I just noticed that it says (Makes 12 regular-sized or 4 mini muffins) I think that should probably read 24 mini muffins instead of just 4. :)

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  • Jill

    I'm always looking for chocolate recipes that use cocoa powder since I always have some in the cupboard! Thanks. I also should tell you that I've been making the veggie lentil stew for my family and everyone LOVES it!

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  • Leah

    I am all about chocolate and \"gasp\" I even let my children have them. I use organic sugar, flour, eggs. ect. Even though Catherine does not write it out DOES NOT mean you can not use it. I have been using her site for about 2 years now and my kids enjoy 99% of the foods I make from here.

    As for these muffins. This will be our afternoon snack and once again its SUPER SIMPLE that my 5 year old can help which I LOVE!!!!!

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  • Makai

    How do u substitute coconut oil? Is it a 1:1 ratio?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, 1:1, but you may need to melt the coconut oil first.

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  • Jennifer

    Made these this morning. They looked like they were going to be brownies, but they were not sweet. My three year old thought he was getting a super special chocolate treat! I added a little agave nectar on top, and it was just a tad sweeter for me. Nutella was also delicious!

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    • Catherine

      Nutella on these would be insanely delicious on these!

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  • Stella

    If I wanted to substitute buttermilk for the milk is there a change to the baking powder volume? I always forget the alteration ... these look fun and not too sweet for breakfast. Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      You want to use 3/4 cup of buttermilk and 1/2 tsp baking SODA. Leave out the baking POWDER.

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  • Mary

    Just pulled these out. For mini muffins only baked for 8 min then checked and they were done. Thank you!

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  • Gail

    What do you think about me adding a teaspoon of vanilla? I check your website every week day and have told lots of my friends about it. Thanks for taking the time to share your stories and recipes with us!:-)

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    • Catherine

      That would kick up the yumminess a notch!

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  • Angel

    So, I did find out there is a difference between whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour. For any beginners like me, FYI:)

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  • Jennifer

    I made these this morning (added a tsp of vanilla)for an afternoon treat since we are having a friend and her newborn over for lunch. I love your recipes - keep up the great work and thank you!!

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  • Tonia

    made these as a treat for the kids today :) much love :) got extra kisses and I love you from them all.
    I believe this site offers a great variety of healthy food and snacks. When you make it from scratch you are in control and know exactly what you are feeding your family. I would never deny my child sweets every now and again and I feel so lucky to have found this site a few years ago, my family has totally benefited from all your delicious healthy recipes

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  • C

    Made these last night. Going on a road trip this weekend & wanted a special treat. Also, I subbed apple sauce for the oil.

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  • Shelley

    Just made these with my three year old. Used white whole wheat flour and they are yummy...not too sweet. Thank you for another great recipe and the inspiration! My son loves helping in the kitchen and I love being able to bake healthier foods with him!

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  • Cassie

    Ahh catherine I tried this but it came out dry and I only did it for 10 minutes. And when I had the batter it was pretty thick. Like thicker than brownie batter. Did I miss something?

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    • Diane

      Mine turned out a bit dry too, and the batter was pretty thick. I took them out of the oven after 15 minutes and maybe that was even too long. Maybe a lower temp? I thought I might add 1 ripe banana next time for moisture?

      Also - Catherine - the recipe says it makes 12 regular or 4 mini.

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  • kristin333

    Just having trouble with the eggs.wondering if there are any substitutions that would work .. Have a 2 yr old with major allergy's to egg . Your recipes have been awesome . You have helped me cook things I never thoughtof making thank you!

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    • LittleK

      Kristin
      333-you can sub out flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) for eggs in many recipes. I think it's like 1 tbsp mixed w/ a little water, then you let it set for a few minutes and it's ready to mix into the batter. I buy Bob's Red Mill Ground Flaxseed and the specific directions are on the package. Good Luck!

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  • LittleK

    We made these this morning-and they were a little bit on the thick side, so I added in about 1-2 tbsp of plain yogurt, also used some olive oil instead as we don't have vegetable or canola. Added about 1 tsp of vanilla and 1/4 c chocolate chips. Also made some raspberry glaze to go on top. They weren't too sweet, which made them great for a mid-morning treat for our whole family. They baked for 18 minutes exactly and were PERCECT!!! Thank you for the recipe-it was basic and simple, and so tasty!

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    • LittleK

      whoops! meant to say PERFECT, not PERCECT!

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  • Lindsay

    I think the vanilla was a good addition. These turned out delicious!

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  • Mattie

    Could I substitute honey or agave nectar in place of the sugar?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, use 3/8 Cup Honey and reduce the oil to 2 Tbsp!

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  • J

    Yummy, we added pureed spinach for a little extra.

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  • Julie

    One of the things I like best about this website is that it does use normal, basic ingredients but still provides a lot of recipes that are much healthier than store-bought, processed food.

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  • Rebecca

    Hmmm...I must have done something wrong because they turned out very dry. I'll try again another day! I love your blog - thank you for all of your hard work!

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  • Misty

    Mmmm... gonna try these out today!!

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    Noticing the remarks about the muffins turning out dry - some ovens run hotter than others, so it's good to check with an oven thermometer. Also, using dark or non-stick pans can lead to overcooked baked goods, and manufacturers recommend reducing oven temps by 25 degrees for these types of pans....

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  • Franki

    My daughter & I just made these for the first time today -- delicious! We read the comments about them turning out dry, so we kept an eye on them and they were great. Another wonderful weelicious recipe!

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  • Eileen

    These were very simple to make, thanks you. My husband, son and daughter were fighting over the last one!

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  • Carole Ann

    just found your website would love to have some more

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  • erica90250

    Thank you! My 4 yr old loved these! I increased the vegetable oil to 1/2 cup and baked at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Perfect!

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  • Sandy

    My daughter! loves them now she able to like vegetable

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  • Ishma

    Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil?

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    • Catherine

      I use vegetable oil because it is a neutral flavor. I wouldn't like the flavor of the olive oil in a chocolate muffin, but if you don't mind that then it is a great substitute!

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  • Carolina B.

    Just made those and loved it! So good!! :))

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  • Sarah

    I have made these twice. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly but they were a bit dry (but still good). I made them again today and added half of a large sweet potato (mashed) and reduced the temp to 375 for 18 minutes! They turned out really delicious!

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  • Jessica

    Made these today - so yummy and EASY! Blogging about 'em and linking tomorrow - thank you, as always Catherine!!!!

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  • Sarah

    Disappointed. They didn't take sweet enough. They tasted dry and like unsweetened cocoa powder :(

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  • Catherine

    I tried these out and they didn't come out as sweet as I was expecting. I'm a little disapointed as a made a big batch for a group of friends. Now I'm not too sure I really want to offer these :s

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    • Haemophilia

      Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend figuring this one out!

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  • Sharmaine

    it's a bit dry and it taste salty. tried adding 1 tbsp of butter like vensel96 said (i use unsalted butter), it's still dry.

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  • Veronica

    Taste awful! Needs less cocoa powder I think, maybe extra sugar and some vanilla? They just taste like cocoa, not chocolate.

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    • Kat

      Well...that was a kind comment.

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  • Alice

    They have the right shape and texture, not dry, however they were too salty -- I think Jamie's advice's good. Or simply remove the salt?

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  • Diana

    These are yummy! I've made them several times with various types of milk--regular, coconut milk, and even plain water. Of course the milk tastes the best and makes the moistest muffin, but coconut milk worked great and water was better than nothing!

    I have ended up with only 10 full sized muffins every time I've made it. Not a problem, but just wanted to make a note of it in case anyone really needed 12 muffins--I either have 12 very small ones or 10 regular sized ones :)

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  • Paula

    Hi Catherine, I love your recipes!! However I am now trying to eliminate all processed foods from my cooking, which implies no white sugar or regular white flour. Could I use whole wheat flour and honey? How should I modify the recipe for doing so?

    Thank you!!!

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  • Kris

    Wish I would've read these reviews before making these so I could've adjusted the recipe. :(
    They are dry, very cocoa flavored and not sweet at all.
    Oh well, better luck next time!

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  • Jessica

    Really good. I made them with wheat flour and I did add some vanilla too.

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  • Anne

    These are great. Thanks for all your healthy food all the time and occasional treat for when the kids have play dates and I need something everyone will enjoy but I feel good about giving out. Your site has never failed me! Thank you

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  • Shannon

    Used a scant 1/2 cup of coconut oil and added in a baby food pouch of prunes. Baked in a mini muffin tray for 8 minutes. They came out light and delicious. I'm thinking of making them for Halloween with white icing spiderweb designs.

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    • Shannon

      I added a tsp of vanilla too.

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  • Dance

    i love chocolate so much its the best thing out there
    and i love muffins so your created a CRAVE




    Dance you have an app???
    ????

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  • Betty Harwell

    I love anything made with cocoa

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  • Melissa

    I tried these yesterday. I left out the baking soda (just used the recommended amount of baking powder) and used butter instead of oil and they weren't overly sweet, just slightly - but they were still good! My children liked them a lot.

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    • Catherine McCord

      How did it work with baking powder. The baking soda helps them rise just the right amount. Glad everyone enjoyed them!

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  • Melissa

    I forgot to add that after reading a bunch of the comments I cooked them less than 20 minutes - about 13, I think, and they made 12 smaller muffins in the regular muffin cups.

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    • Catherine McCord

      Every oven is different. I'm glad you kept checking them to cook what's right for your oven :)

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  • Melissa

    Oh I also left out the salt. Lol

    I think that's it for my own personal adjustments!

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  • Allie

    I have been looking forward to making these, and thought they would be a hit for sure; however, the oven temperature is clearly far too high to ensure muffins that aren't totally dry on the tops. I even tried to save these (having made the recipe exactly as stated) with some chocolate glaze to hide the dry tops, but to no avail. If made with chocolate chips in the batter, and perhaps a lower temp oven, these might've been enjoyable.

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  • Clara

    We Just made this for my husbands bday cake - two layer bunt cake with Nutella filling between layers and melted chocolate on top as icing. The batter looked really thick - I may have Mis measured perhaps. So I added an oz more milk and Since I had dried cherries soaking in water I also added them too and a little bit of chocolate chips and turned out tasting super decadent. The only other substitutions I did was brown sugar and 2 oz of millet flour for apf. I like the ratio of sweetner to flour in your recipes. Ill try next time also using some sweet potato like one of the comments mentioned or maybe some bananas or avocado to make it more moist.

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