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Happy Birthday Prince George! Luscious Birthday Chocolate Cupcakes hit the sweet spot

Whether you're a fan of the royal couple and chubby cheeked Prince George or not, it's hard to resist the draw of these fudgey chocolate cupcakes.

Published 21/07/2015 | 14:28

Chocolate Cupcakes
Kensington Palace released this photo of Prince George before his second birthday
July 2015: Britain's Prince George arrives for the christening of his sister Princess Charlotte at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate in King's Lynn, July 5, 2015 REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
When he's satisfied his sister is tucked inside, he moves on.
July 2015: Britain's Prince George arrives for the christening of his sister Princess Charlotte at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate in King's Lynn, July 5, 2015 REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
Kensington Palace released this photo of Prince George before his second birthday
spongecake or muffin with chocolate sauce
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they visit the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney
This photo dated Wednesday July 2, 2014, was taken to mark the first birthday of Prince George and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum

It's been two years since crowds of media waited with baited breath outside St. Mary's Hospital in Westminster for the arrival of the royal baby. Now, gorgeous Prince George is running around after the Duke and Duchess as he celebrates his second birthday with his beloved new sister Princess Charlotte.

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How time does fly!

It seems Prince George is already a dab hand at impressing the royals  and although today's birthday celebrations are rumoured to be low key, delicious cakes to please the prince are sure to be on the menu.

While normal birthday parties probably wouldn't compare to those in Westminster, these scrumptious chocolate cupcakes with a rich fudgey icing usually induce a smile or two. Here's the recipe. 

Ingredients

300g dark chocolate, broken into chunks

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Chocolate Cupcakes

200g self-raising flour

200g light muscovado sugar, plus 3 tbsp extra

6 tbsp cocoa

150ml sunflower oil, plus a little extra for greasing

284ml pot soured cream

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 10-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Whizz the chocolate into small pieces in a food processor. In the largest mixing bowl you have, tip in the flour, sugar, cocoa, oil, 100ml soured cream, eggs, vanilla and 100ml water. 

Mix everything together before adding 100g of the whizzed up chocolate. Divide the mixture evenly between each cupcake case and bake for 20 minutes.

To make your icing, melt the remainder of the chocolate with the rest of the sour cream along with 3 tbsp of sugar. Chill in the fridge and ice your buns when cool.

Top with pretty sprinkles and serve. 

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