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Chocolate Potato Muffins

You would never know leftover potato mash is used in these super moist delicious Chocolate Potato Muffins !

Everyone loves a muffin (especially a chocolate muffin) and believe it or not, leftover mashed potato is the secret ingredient in these moist and decadent chocolate mini loaves. Most muffins are best eaten fresh from the oven or at least on the same day but the potato keeps these beauties moist for a few days – if they stay around long enough that it !

Using potatoes in baking is not as strange as you might think and has been around for a long time. During the second world war, potatoes were a popular ingredient in bread, scones, pastries and cakes. Whilst staples like sugar and butter were rationed, potatoes could be grown in the garden and were more readily available. Homegrown potatoes were also encouraged as a way of freeing up valuable shipping resources.

I’ve used leftover mash to make the muffins so there was no need for me to peel and cook potatoes especially for the muffins. We nearly always have leftover mash potato in the fridge but if you don’t, it really is worth making a little extra to set aside for these delicious Chocolate Potato Muffins.You would never know leftover potato mash is used in these super moist delicious Chocolate Potato Muffins ! Obviously you don’t want to use a highly flavoured mash like garlic and chive or cheese, just use regular mashed potato made with butter, milk, salt and pepper – my tips for a perfect mash are here.

So far, none of my taste testers have guessed the secret ingredient and it’s been quite fun watching bemused faces trying to work out what it was I’d included. I’ve used my favourite chocolate frosting and chocolate flakes from my £1 Chocolate Fudge Cake to ice the mini loaves and if you haven’t got a mini loaf tin, the recipe works equally well in a muffin tin.

Chocolate Potato Muffins are so easy to make, simply add the mash to beaten eggs and buttermilk.

Whisk together.

Add to your dry ingredients and mix together.

Spoon the mixture into your mini loaf tin (I used a Lakeland Mini Loaf Tin) and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Spoon chocolate frosting over each mini loaf or muffin and decorate with extra chocolate.You would never know leftover potato mash is used in these super moist delicious Chocolate Potato Muffins !

Here’s the recipe in quick printable format so you can have it to hand while you try it out.

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Chocolate Potato Muffins
 
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You would never know leftover potato mash is used in these super moist delicious Chocolate Potato Muffins !
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Recipe type: Muffins
Cuisine: Baking
Serves: 12
Ingredients

Muffin Batter:
  • 200 g (1 ½ cups) plain flour
  • 50 g (⅓ cup) cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 g (½ cup) golden caster sugar (I used Whitworths)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 100 ml (⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons) buttermilk or half milk and half yoghurt
  • 100 ml (⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons) rapeseed oil
  • 150 g (5 oz) leftover mashed potato

Chocolate Frosting:
  • 50 g (2 oz) butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 50 g (2 oz) dark chocolate
  • 200 g (1 ½ cups) icing sugar
  • 50 g (⅓ cup) cocoa powder
  • Optional: Chocolate curls
Instructions
  1. Grease and line a 12 hole mini loaf tin or muffin tin and preheat oven to 200℃ / 400℉ /Gas Mark 6

Make your muffins:
  1. Put the eggs, buttermilk and oil into a large jug and whisk until combined.
  2. Add the mashed potatoes to the mixture and whisk together - it will look a bit grainy but don't worry.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, coffee powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the wet chocolate mash mixture and mix together until combined.
  5. Equally divide the mixture between the holes in your mini loaf tin or muffin tin, filling them to about three quarters full.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes

Make your chocolate frosting:
  1. Heat the butter and chocolate in the milk until just melted,. For convenience, I use a bowl in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  2. Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa and add to the milk, butter and chocolate mixture, whisking together until smooth and leave to cool.
Notes
Don't use a highly flavoured mash like garlic and chive or cheese, just use regular mashed potato made with butter, milk, salt and pepper.

 
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I’m entering Chocolate Potato Muffins into a couple of challenges this month:

Credit Crunch Munch created by Camilla from Fab Food 4 All & Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours & hosted this month by Sarah over at From Plate To Pen.

The No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Dairy.

I’m linking Chocolate Potato Muffins to:

Fiesta Fridays

Bake of the Week co-hosted by Sarah at Maison Cupcake & Helen at Casa Costello (this week hosted by Sarah)

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nada

Thursday 31st of January 2019

can I omit cocoa and add flour then some grated orange zest to make it orange flavored or it will feel like mashed potatoes ?

sarahj

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Hi Nada, sorry for my late reply but I've had rather a long break from my blog. Your idea is a good one, I make a potato bread loaf with all white bread flour and you get a hint of potato so using grated orange zest should work really well.

Nada

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Super moist recipe..I swear it is the best recipe i have ever tried ..so please be patient to answer my questions Can I use this recipe to make a single cake?? Can I modify the recipe to make it an orange muffins or i will feel the mash taste??

sarahj

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Thanks for trying the recipe Nada, I've made a loaf with the recipe and baked for 40 to 45 minutes oven. Hope this helps and so pleased you liked the muffins.

Elizabeth

Wednesday 4th of May 2016

Oh my gosh these look AMAZING! The perfect no waste food challenge entry, thanks for linking up!

sarahj

Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Thanks Elizabeth & a pleasure to link up with your challenge.

Corina

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

I've never used mashed potato in a cake or muffin before - I'm impressed that they do actually look just like muffins on the top too! Unfortunately my husband doesn't like mashed potato so we rarely eat it but every so often I make some and this would definitely be an incentive!

sarahj

Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Thanks Corina, what a shame your husband doesn't like mashed potato, I reckon it's worth making some just for the muffins though:)

Jenny Paulin

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

oh i t was you who made these gorgeous looking little cakes! Using potato like this is a great idea! they look delish x

sarahj

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Guilty as charged :-) Thanks for the lovely compliment Jenny x