Veggie Desserts' Cavolo Nero Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

COOK: 15 - 20 Minutes
SERVES: Makes 12
Skill Level: Easy

Nutrition Info (Per Serving)

353 Energy
46g Carbohydrate
3g Protein
33g (of which Sugar)
18g Fat
1g Fibre
11g (of which Saturated Fat)
164mg Salt


50g cavolo nero leaves, thick stalks discarded

4 tbsp milk

150g butter, softened

150g caster sugar

2 large free-range eggs

175g self raising flour

For the chocolate frosting

100g butter, softened

250g icing sugar

6 tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 tbsp milk


1. Preheat oven to 170C (Gas Mark 3) and line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper cases.

2. Tear the cavolo nero leaves into bite sized pieces and steam them for a few minutes until tender. Refresh by running under cold water to cool, then drain, squeeze out any excess moisture and chop up very finely.

3. Add the cavolo nero and the milk to a tall container, then puree until smooth with a hand blender.

4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in pureed cavolo nero.

5. Sift in the flour and stir gently to combine.

6. Fill the muffin cups ¾ full with the batter and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa then add the milk and beat until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, add another tablespoon of milk. If it’s too thin, add a little powdered sugar, sparingly, until it reaches a thick frosting consistency.
2. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag and pipe over the cooled cupcakes.

Recipe by Veggie Desserts


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