A variation of this recipe that my dad and I came up with recently while discussing baking... (he's a closet chef disguised as a docker :-) )
What you need (12 muffins):
225g self-rising flour
1,5 tsp baking powder
125g caster sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
50g dark chocolate sprinkles (or a chopped up piece of dark chocolate)
75g butter, melted
approx. 100g stoned cherries from a jar, drained and roughly chopped
pinch of salt
2 tbsp cherry jam or jelly
Pre-heat the oven at 220C (200C fan oven). Grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liners.
Sift the flour with the baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt, stir in the chocolate sprinkles and make a dip in the middle.
In another bowl, beat the egg with a fork and stir in the milk and melted butter. Pour into the dip of the dry mixture, add the chopped cherries as well and mix the batter with a fork until just mixed.
Spoon the batter into the muffin tin and bake for approx. 20 mins. Let cool for a few mins, take the muffins out of the tin and let them cool on a wire rack.
Melt the jam (or jelly) in the microwave or on the stove. Brush some melted jam on top of each muffin and let cool completely before serving.
If you want to go all-out, add some kirsch (real or flavouring) to the batter and serve the muffins with some whipped cream.