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Triple Chocolate Muffins for National Chocolate Week

Triple Chocolate Muffins (or buns).

Small Cakes, We Should Cocoa | 16th October 2016 | By

Rich triple chocolate muffins, or buns as I’d call them. They’re liberally studded with pieces of both crunchy white chocolate and melting milk chocolate. Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy to make and will appeal to all.

Way back in 2011, I made these double chocolate buns and they proved to be quite popular amongst my readers. I’ve been promising myself to make them again ever since and I’ve finally got around to it. This time around, however, I upped the ante and turned them into triple chocolate buns. It seems only fitting as it’s the last day of National Chocolate Week.

Triple Chocolate Muffins – or Buns?

I’ve renamed these buns as muffins, as that’s what most people seem to call them these days. These triple chocolate buns aren’t really muffins though. Muffins are generally even quicker to make than these buns. You have a bowl of dry ingredients and a jug of wet ingredients and you mix the wet into the dry. This recipe calls for a slightly more sophisticated method. In other words, you cream the butter and sugar together first, then beat in the eggs, then add the remaining ingredients. In the UK we tend to call these type of unadorned cakes, buns. Or at least we used too.

Weather you want to call these gorgeous cakes, buns or muffins, they’re a sure fire winner.

Our neighbours recently gave us a desk they were getting rid of. I felt a little thank you was in order. So I grabbed my trusty bowl and wooden spoon and knocked up a batch of these triple chocolate muffins. The neighbours were delighted, especially their  grandson, who I later learnt ate the lion’s share. As I made fifteen, there were a few extra for me and CT to try as well.

Triple Chocolate Buns

This recipe for triple chocolate muffins is super easy and very quick to make. You really don’t need a mixer. The results are good and chocolatey. They’re not too sweet, but have little bites of caramelised white chocolate and melting milk chocolate to liven things up a bit. The sponge is surprisingly light, given that they’re made with wholemeal flour.

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Triple Chocolate Buns

Triple Chocolate Muffins – The Recipe

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Triple Chocolate Buns

Rich chocolate buns with pieces of crunchy white chocolate and melting milk chocolate. Easy to make, they'll appeal to all.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: buns, chocolate, easy, muffins, quick
Servings: 15 buns
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 125 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 125 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (I used homemade)
  • 250 g golden wholemeal flour (or half wholemeal, half plain)
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda.
  • 250 ml kefir, buttermilk or sour milk
  • 60 g white chocolate - roughly chopped
  • 60 g milk chocolate - roughly chopped


  • Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs in, one by one.
  • Add the vanilla extract and beat some more.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and mix in alternately with the kefir.
  • Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  • Spoon into 15 muffin cases.
  • Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 minutes.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg


We Should Cocoa LogoThese triple chocolate buns are my entry to this month’s #WeShouldCocoa. If you’ve made anything with chocolate and have blogged about it this month, do join in.

They also go to Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi for this month’s Treat Petite.

And I mustn’t forget Bake of the Week at Casa Costello.


  1. Elizabeth

    16th October 2016 at 11:50 am

    My goodness these look good! My kids would love them. Definitely have to bake these soon! Thanks for linking my cake up with your lovely post too, and I hope you’ve had a fantastic chocolate week!

    • Choclette

      16th October 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks very much Elizabeth. The beauty of these buns is that they are quick and simple to make. Your spooky spider cake has made my Chocolate Week – it’s a stunner.

  2. Jacqueline Meldrum

    16th October 2016 at 11:52 am

    Oh yes, I am all up for triple chocolate. Gorgeous! I’ll have to give these a try.

    • Choclette

      16th October 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Yes, triple chocolate is the way to go I reckon Jac 😉

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    16th October 2016 at 12:45 pm

    These muffins look so very chocolatey and bet your neighbours LOVE them. I certainly would too!

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Angie. I got some very positive feedback 🙂

  4. Louise Fairweather

    16th October 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I can safely say that these would not last long in our house! #bakeoftheweek

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 10:05 am

      Haha Louise. I don’t think they lasted too long next door 😉

  5. Dom

    16th October 2016 at 7:11 pm

    such a lovely gift…very thoughtful and very jealous of your neighbours, these buns look delightful! triple chocolate, yes please!

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 10:04 am

      I’m very jealous of your neighbours too Dom 😉

  6. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    17th October 2016 at 10:36 am

    These look delicious! My boys and I would end up fighting over them if I made them!

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 10:03 am

      These are a must bake for your boys Jo – there’s plenty to go around 🙂

  7. Katie Bryson

    17th October 2016 at 11:19 am

    What a fab recipe Choclette, just the kind of thing I love baking with the boys. I reckon these’ll go down a storm at half term 🙂

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 10:02 am

      Oh yes Katie, these would be perfect for baking with your boys 🙂

  8. Prameela

    18th October 2016 at 6:57 am

    looks delicious… can you please suggest substitute for egg?

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 10:00 am

      You might need to re-work the recipe if you’re not going to include eggs. But you could adapt this eggless recipe for Chai masala cakes – /2013/10/chocolate-chai-masala-fairy-cakes-great/

  9. Sammie

    18th October 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Love these and know our 3 teenagers will too. I have been increasingly trying to add more fibre into my sweet bakes and these fit the bill perfectly. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Sammie. Wholemeal flour gives a lovely flavour to bakes as well as adding fibre.

  10. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    18th October 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Clearly I need more chocolate in my life with these buns!! They look amazing!

    • Choclette

      18th October 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Oh yes, you definitely do Julie. Thank you 🙂

  11. Phil in the Kitchen

    18th October 2016 at 11:12 pm

    As usual you’ve reminded me just how fine baking and chocolate are together. They look so lovely – just when I’m trying to be restrained in my eating for a week or two. I hadn’t noticed National Chocolate Week at all – I’m obviously missing out.

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 8:01 am

      Hello Phil. Lovely to hear from you. I’ve not been very good at being restrained recently and think I need to take a leaf our of your book. Even I was taken a bit unawares by National Chocolate Week this year – I’m losing my touch!

  12. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    19th October 2016 at 10:08 am

    These look awesome – the chocolatier something is the better, in my opinion 🙂 Love the white chocolate chips especially!

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Becca. White chocolate bits in small cakes are phenomenal as they tend to caramelise – yum!

  13. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    19th October 2016 at 7:52 pm

    What a perfect batch of buns….. and why have double when you can have triple chocolate?! I love that you baked them to say thank you too……. home-baked is so much nicer than a shop-bought gift and absolutely comes from the heart! x

    • Choclette

      20th October 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Kate. I love buns like this that can be whipped up in no time, but stand up to be unadorned and are still super tasty. I guess it’s no surprise I express my thanks with cake 😉

  14. Natalie Cooks

    25th October 2016 at 9:06 pm

    How did I miss the Chocolate Week? These buns look amazing, a true chocoholic’s dream.

    • Choclette

      26th October 2016 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Natalie. Shockingly, I nearly missed chocolate week!

  15. Helen at Casa Costello

    25th October 2016 at 11:21 pm

    What neighbourly spirit! No wonder the teenage son loved these! Those bits of chocolate poking through as so tempting. Thanks once again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek

    • Choclette

      26th October 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Helen, baking is my go to way of saying thank you 🙂

  16. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    30th October 2016 at 6:13 pm

    So nice of you to make these for your neighbour! They look yummy. Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite

    • Choclette

      31st October 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Kat. It’s always a good idea to get on side with the neighbours 😉

  17. Janice Pattie

    3rd March 2020 at 7:40 pm

    I love the sound of these Triple Chocolate Muffins, you can never have enough chocolate!

    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:35 am

      Hahaha, well maybe you can, but I’ve not got bored of it yet.


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