Recipes: Sweets

Sinful Pleasures…

Let me make a confession. I am not a baker. I am not into baking, nor do I enjoy the tiresome process of folding one part of the batter into the other. Infact, the closest step I take to baking is opening a pre-packaged box of cake mix, breaking an egg or two into it as per the instructions, a spash of water as needed, and popping it into a warm oven.

Except until I decided to throw down my shield and create this. It was simple, quick and easy – not something I can easily relate to with baking. And so today, once more, I thought of doing the unmentioned. I decided to create a recipe that wouldn’t drive me away from the oven, but instead, could be my run-to solution for a quick remedy to those sugar pangs.

For the past one week, I’ve been craving chocolate. Not just any chocolate, but those sinfuly, rich, dark, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth-rest-on-your-hips decadent chocolate cakes. And it didn’t help that all the food magazines I subscribe to (yes, all 10 of them!) were filled with the most drool enhancing photographs of chocolatey holiday treats.


Looking puppy-eyed and battling my eye lids to Hubby didn’t work either. He refused to buy me a 12-inch cake to eat all by myself (locked in a room, gorging on it with my bare hands and having cream all over my face and hands, just like in my most secret chocolate fantasy!). So I had no choice but to experiment, and that I sure did. I studied over a dozen recipes, worked out the necessary ingredients, altered the measurements and of course, simplified the process.

As I sat down and took the first bite of the warm cake, I was taken to a place I had since long yearned to go. I suggest induling in the sin fresh from the oven. The soft chocolate chips in their almost liquified form, gives the cakes a warm gooey goodness. almost to the likes of a molten chocolate interior.

THE DEVIL-IN-ME DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES


Prep time: 10 min, Cooking time: 15 min | Makes: 12 cupcakes Â

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder

MIX all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a large bowl to form a thick rich batter.

FOLD in chocolate chips and pour cake mixture into muffin cups set in a muffin tray bake for 15-20 in a 375 degree pre-heated oven till done.

RECIPE NOTES: To check if cakes are done, prick the middle with a tooth-pick, and if it comes out clean, then cakes are ready to taken out of the heat.

Enjoy with a warm cup of deliciously rich and frothy coffee!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Jaswin
    May 9, 2009

    5 stars
    Hi Meena

    I am one of those people who fantasize about being a good cook but in reality fare better in the eating department. Your blog inspires me especially since I am Malaysian and I love your Msian dishes ie Nasi Lemak, Egg Sambal. You make me want to cook today! Thank you! I will be following your blog religiously. These cup cakes look heavenly!

  • Reply
    priya
    August 29, 2007

    5 stars
    hi! im just trying my hands at baking and wud like to know
    -whats the diff between b.soda and b.powder? and how do u know when to use which?!
    -can the above recipe be used to bake a cake, instead of cupcakes…i dont have a muffin tray!:(

  • Reply
    Reshmi
    June 6, 2007

    5 stars
    This is a great simple recipe. I’ve brought cup cases and will be working this out soon. Have you ever tried making a black forest cake??

  • Reply
    bee
    December 19, 2006

    5 stars
    This is a great and simply recipe! I tried it out today and it taste really good. One thing though is the bottom of my cakes are sticking to the muffin cup. Any suggestion how to avoid that?

  • Reply
    nandita
    December 3, 2006

    5 stars
    Simply love this one, want to try it over the festive week!

  • Reply
    poornima
    November 26, 2006

    5 stars
    finally got to baking the cake and —YUMMMMM!

  • Reply
    Nithya
    November 17, 2006

    5 stars
    The cake looks good. Just wanted to check if u beat all the ingredients with a blender or was is just by hand? Do let me know.

    • Reply
      Meena
      November 17, 2006

      Hi Nithya, I mixed them all in a big bowl by hand. The batter is quite light and the melted butter makes it even easier to incorporate all the ingredients with minimum fuss.

  • Reply
    Gini
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    You are such a chocoholic. I am not such a chocolate fan, but those cupcakes are so cute. I used to love baking, but these days no interest.

  • Reply
    meena kandlakuti
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    Great looking choclate cakes…Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    Trupti
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    Oooooh…those look delish! I just made Devil’s food cake last night with peanut butter frosting too..to calm my throbbing sweet tooth. :p
    BTW,*it worked*.

    Cheers,Trupti

  • Reply
    babli
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    Its even sinful looking at the picture. Unbelievably yummy, I could sense the taste just staring at it. 🙂 Anytime Chocolates for me! Wish choloates were of zero calories.

  • Reply
    RP
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    Chocolate sometimes comforts me…Awesome picture! I think it’s time to put some brownies or cupcakes in the oven….You did it meena.

  • Reply
    Puspha
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    Lovely cupcakes. Would taste greater with buttercream topping.

  • Reply
    Lakshmi Krishnan
    November 16, 2006

    5 stars
    Sure they do look devilishly delicious and chocolatey. My mouth is watering already. I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry. Will try it out.

  • Reply
    poornima
    November 15, 2006

    5 stars
    I will be baking this today! can’t help but make it seeing that your pics look so appetising.Good work.

  • Reply
    Deepz
    November 15, 2006

    5 stars
    I totally agree with you about craving for chocolate. I get that often and keep finding ways to indulge myself. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely try it. Also, can you tell me how many muffins you made out of this recipe?

    • Reply
      Meena
      November 17, 2006

      This easy recipe will definitely cure those chocolate cravings any day, Deepz. They make 12 perfectly large cupcakes. Enjoy!

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