Double-Chocolate Blackberry Mini Cakes

  • Yield : 12
  • Servings : 12
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 60m

I set out to create a new muffin recipe but we all agreed these would lovely for dessert. We enjoyed them as is but feel free to top them with your favorite plant-based frosting.

The slightly tart berries are a nice contrast to the rich, dark chocolate. Try subbing raspberries or blueberries!


  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 3/4 C. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 C. water
  • 1/2 C. canola oil
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 C. fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare 12 muffin cups with liners.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add water, oil and vanilla and stir until just combined. Take care not to over-mix.

Step 3

Fold in blackberries and chocolate chips.

Step 4

Spoon batter into muffin pan.

Step 5

Bake for 25 minutes or the center of the cupcakes is set and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Step 6

Allow to cool completely before frosting or serving.

Loves baking, gardening and preparing delicious, compassionate meals for her vegan family of four.

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Comments (7)

  1. posted by April on August 21, 2013

    Can the Oil be replaced with something else? We do completely oil free. Thanks!

    • posted by Honor on August 21, 2013

      Hello April! I haven’t tried this recipe using an oil-replacer but I imagine applesauce would work nicely here. Let us know how it goes!

  2. posted by Cheryl Scarrott on September 29, 2013

    These are so good – especially warm. I replaced the oil with home-made apple sauce.

    • posted by Honor on September 29, 2013

      I’m glad to know the applesauce substitution worked nicely, Cheryl. Thank you for the feedback!

  3. posted by Sue on June 16, 2017

    I don’t know what makes this recipe plant-based.The blueberries?

    • posted by samg on July 5, 2017

      Plant based means food derived from plants. All of these ingredients except for a couple are derived from plants. So yes, the blackberries make it plant based, but so does the sugar, cocoa, canola, vanilla, flour, etc.

  4. posted by betty on September 27, 2017

    The entire family loves these – not just the plant-based-eaters!! My daughter says they are her new favourite ever! Used raspberries and quickly froze them so we weren’t tempted to eat them all. Didn’t work, they still disappeared 🙂


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