Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Old-fashioned chocolate cupcakes


I made these cupcakes last week, as a result of 2 things: sour cream left over from Mum's birthday party, and our friend Justin having a big ol' movie night at his house. I wanted to make something nice to take over, so I thought that Nigella's old-fashioned chocolate cake (in cupcake form!) would fit the bill. I've made this once before, in normal-cake form, and wasn't a huge fan, but I thought I might have more luck this time.

The batter is made easily in a processor...


... and then dolloped into muffin-tins with an ice-cream scoop. My only advice here is not to fill them too high (anywhere between half and three-quarters seems about right), as they rise quite a bit.

I taste-tested one (I am all about the quality control), and - wow - they were awesome as cupcakes! Soft on the inside, crusty outside. I think they're better as cupcakes because it tends to be a bit stodgy as a whole cake.

I made the cupcakes the night before, and was going to top them with old-fashioned chocolate icing on the day, and take them over to Justin's house. Unfortunately, I had a hideously tiring day at work, and following that, an unpleasant visit to the doctor. (I used to think I was good with needles. Turns out I'm not!) As such, I could not even contemplate leaving the couch, let alone decorating cupcakes. Come to think of it, in my fragile state I had to have KFC that night for dinner. Shhh...

Anyway, my brother ended up taking the plain cupcakes over, and they seemed pretty popular. I think they're definitely moist and sweet enough not to need any extra icing. For some reason, without any icing, everyone thought of them as muffins.

Next day I got a post on my Facebook wall from Justin:

hey sarah! thanks heaps for the muffins last night! they were awesome! shame u couldnt make it! oh well, next time!

Yay! I suppose the next movie night will have to be at my house. (You know I'm already planning a huge snack menu for proposed future video night, muahaha!)

5 comments:

Cindy said...

Cute! Perhaps the word 'cupcake' needs to be reclaimed from those over-decorated more-icing-than-cake versions. Bring back the nude (or scantily clad) cupcake!

I hope the KFC was the tonic you needed after that needle. :-)

thanh7580 said...

I'm all about quality control too. I ate some batter and one cupcake yesterday night, as well as a lot of frosting. All to ensure the quality is ok. :-)

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Ohh they look delicious. Great idea doing the cake in mini-form. I want cake so bad now lol should not read food blogs on an empty stomach.

Mary Anne said...

Hi Sarah! Love your blog. How many cupcakes did you get out of the original recipe? And how long did you bake them/at what temperature? Thanx!

Sarah said...

Thanks guys!

Cindy! - Yup the KFC really hit the spot. Lol, although I have to admit I was worried that people would think I was a hideous evil person for admitting to it.

Hi Mary-Anne - Thank-you! I got 15 cupcakes out of the original batter, only filling them half-3/4 way. And I baked them at the temperature in the recipe (can't remember off the top of my head), and they took about 20 minutes in my oven. I'd start testing them as soon as they look done though!

xox Sarah