Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes (Hard Rock Version)

* No, not Hard Rock as in the Hard Rock...but as in hard as a rock. ..ok nevermind, just read on..

How do you like your chocolate cupcakes?
Dusted with icing?
Dipped in chocolate?

Topped with ganache?

I like mine warm, with chocolate ganache dabbled on top. Which literally means the ganache kinda melts sometimes. But I like it that way. It's like eating cakes with oozing centers.

I felt compelled one Saturday afternoon to bake with chocolate. I felt adventurous. My pattiserie dream was heading out again. Mind you, when I have pattiserie dreams, I normally end up with somewhat failed attempts.

So I dabbled a little and came up with a chocolate cupcake recipe. I wanted it to be real chocolatey. As in cho-co-late-y! I mixed, I baked, I decorated, I ate. Chocolate. Yummm.

Correction, I ate some unbaked dough in between. I admit. I like dough. Or, you could just pretend I'm trying to show you the texture of unbaked dough. Moving on..

I then put the remaining cupcakes in the refridgerator and thats when things started to go wrong. Do people put cupcakes in fridges?? came out rock hard. Hard rock. Hard as rock. Nearly a cookie. -It tasted fine warm, but not afterwards. Hmm...

So if you'd like my Hard Rock but super chocolatey cupcake recipe, read on..

Hard Rock Chocolate Cupcakes.

On that note, did you know the name cupcakes originated from measurements done in cups and hence the name? Well, I didn't, I always thought it was named after their size. Durh.

1 cup chocolate couverture- dont be obessesed with getting this to the dot.
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup fine sugar
1 2/3 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 packet of instant coffee-cappuccino flavour mixed with half a cup of hot water
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 170C.

2. Melt chocolate over double boiler or in the oven. Let it cool. Add in the diluted instant coffee.

3. Beat sugar and butter until creamy.

4. Slowly add in flour, baking powder and salt. Then, add eggs and chocolate mixture.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked.

Cool before decorating. And eat like no one's watching.


  1. Hei liya,
    do you think i can join you when you make cakes next time? Wow... you inspired me in this hobby and ... too bad no "kaki" in handmade thinggy @ miri :) may be can know you better too :)

  2. sure marlene!!! that would be so nice. Problem is, I dont have a 'real' kitchen at the moment. I move between my mum's and mother-in-laws. So i'm kinda messy with things everywhere.

    Tell you what, once I move to my own place, lets set up these cook-handmade get-togethers!! That would be awesome!!

    Word of warning you can tell I also fail in making cakes sometimes...hehe.

  3. You house looks great! Can't wait to visit the "real thing" than see pictures through your blog :D Haha.... well... sometime i fail in making cards too :p Is ok.... 残缺有残缺美 :)

  4. sure sure! we should have a get together once its done. I'll get your contact details from Chin Hui. He's been wanting to visit too but hasnt had the chance.

    ps. none of your craft attempts look like failures to me:)