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June 9, 2009


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In one of my earlier posts I had mentioned how living in India we have access to limited stuff, and whilst blog hopping I have to literally skip dozens of recipes because the ingredients are just not grown/available here.Last week I got my first bar of dark compounded chocolate for cooking purposes, I know it IS available in India though only in speciality shops and I got hold of it for the first time, I had many recipes lined up and thought I would use it very judiciously, so I surfed the net for 2 hours ,until my head was spinning and STILL did not come up with a recipe I wanted, actually the confusion was whether I should put it in the batter or frost with it, in the end I did both!

From the same shop I bought another thing I have been wanting for a long time, a muffin tray, you could bake 12 muffins in one go!.Other purchases were very cute flower patterened cupcake liners, and a bottle each of lemon and orange essence, so very happy with my purchases I headed home, much to my dismay the muffin tray would not fit into the oven...

But like they say neccessity is the mother of invention, I with my own bare hands cleanly sawed the tray into half, just imagine!, and I am a very happy girl!

Coming back to the chocolate bar, it is a 500gms big slab ,I weighed it and felt it and then opened the package tasted it and loved the whole experience, now I was ready to take on any cupcake challenge!hah!

Finally I settled upon this lovely recipe from Baking Obsession, a super blog, though I tweaked it a bit, most of it is the same.

  • makes 18 regular cupcakes

  • 2 cups sifted (before measuring) cake flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup sifted natural cocoa powder

  • ½ cup lukewarm milk

  • ½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 8 tbsp (100 gms)unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 50gms dark sweetened chocolate


  • 100gms butter

  • 100 gms dark sweetened chocolate

  • 1 tbsp Milk

METHOD-Preheat oven , line muffin trays Cream butter and sugar very well till about 6-7 minutes, you can use an electric beater but I did it by hand, add eggs beating well after each addition.Combine lukewarm milk, cocoa powder and choclate and leave to dissolve.Combine milk, buttermilk and vanilla essence and keep aside.In the creamed butter and sugar mixture combine the cocoa chocolate liquid and add flour,baking soda and salt in three parts mixing well, add buttermilk mixture, pour tablespoons onto lined moulds till 2/3 full, beware they rise very high!.Bake for 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted omes out clean.

for frosting-Melt chocolate in milk , cool,whip in softened butter. It will be little thin, leave in fridge for a few minutes till thick, spread over the cooled cupcakes, for half of them I sprinkled some more chcolate shavings on top and other half I swirled some of the buttercream using a plastic bag in which a hole was cut.

I absolutely adored these, they were soft from inside and creamy ouside, I have had altogether 6 f them by now, so you can judge how great they are!

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Parita June 9, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

Devils cupcake look delicious..wish i could grab one right now

Superchef June 10, 2009 at 12:51 AM  

OMG!! those are just sooo decadent!! especially that tower of cupcakes..thats doing something to me!!

Purnima June 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

Bindiya, this is an absolute drooler! I u/stand wen u mean N.A in India..last year I hunted Malls/shops/speciality stores for want of unsalted butter! Luckily they launched Amul unsalted this time around! :D Loved ur JUDICIOUS decision of using the choco.slab! :D
CHk out Passionateaboutbaking dot com, Deeba has put to use these slabs n other stuff frm Gurgaon with beauty! :) Tks for sharing these!

Vaishali June 10, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

Those look completely decadent and delicious, Bindiya. I could drown myself in all that chocolate!:) Nice job.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 10, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

My mouth was literally hanging open when I read the part about you sawing the pan in half! I'm in awe!! I'm sure I would never have thought of such a thing. :)

The cupcakes look delicious, I can totally picture you eating them all :P

Usha June 11, 2009 at 2:16 AM  

These look absolutely tempting!

Cynthia June 12, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

Hey Hon, long time no see!

veena June 16, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

Hi ..
Cupcakes looks simply delicious

Aysha June 25, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

God!!!They look delicious!!Just can't resist.It's really tempting!!

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