Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Emergency Blender Chocolate Cupcakes & Two Years Blog Anniversary

I have been really interested in trying this recipe, it's really a good decision
So easy to make, and it turned out to be a moist and tasted really good

One mistake I did, I only took pictures the day after, taken out from the fridge, the chocolate frosting was wet with condensation and I dabbed it with tissue paper, hence the pattern on top LOL

I made one recipe, and out of curiousity, I baked half with muffin tray, and steamed half with 20cm round pan
The result was totally different

The baked ones tasted like soft, quite fluffy and moist cake


The steamed one tasted more like a dense, rich, chocolaty yet soft pudding cake



I and my brother prefer the baked one, and the kids, too. DH and my sister, also my mum love the steamed one
So, it's good. Everybody gets a fair share :)

Recipe is from the book The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge

What you need:
(I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup)

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degC
  2. Line muffin tray with cupcake liners
  3. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a blender. Blend on medium speed covered
  4. Add in water, oil, egg and vanilla. Cover and blenf on medium high speed til smooth and well belnded, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides
  5. Pour into muffin cups 2/3 high, bake on medium rack for 20 minutes or til tester skewer comes out clean, let cool
  6. (For steaming, preheat steamer and pour batter in a lined round pan and steam over medium heat for 45 minutes til tester skewer comes out clean, let cool)
Fudgy frosting:
(I reduced the sweetener quite a bit cos I used semi sweet chocolate instead)
8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
8tbsp unsalted butter
1/8 cup light corn syrup
3tbsp condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
  1. Melt together chocolate chips and unsalted butter (double boiled or in microwave)
  2. Add in condensed milk, corn syrup, vanilla and salt. Whisk til well blended. It will thicken as it cools
  3. After completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap til ready to use
When the cake is completely cooled, spread a dollop of the frosting on top

Btw, today is my second blog anniversary! :)

(pic courtesy of spicytunas.com)


Time flies, really!
So far, I am still so glad that I started blogging two years back, one of the best decision I ever made!
I got to know many new friends with the same passion, got to experience cooking and baking things I never thought I would do too!
Blogging has become one of my hobby and I'm still hooked til now, more than ever!

I'm a self taught cook and baker at home which never attended even one cooking and/or baking class, blogging has given me priceless knowledge for me to improve even more :)
Not only that, I (try) to pick up skills in taking snaps of my food by looking at georgeous pictures I always find in all blogs
I learnt too that even though the subject is our passion - food, but basically blogging brings out our very own character in our writing, which I enjoy very much
And for those things, many thanks to you all, my dearest friends :)

This time, I have some giveaways to share my joy for blogging
I will reveal in my post tomorrow okie... Need to zzzz now, it's 12.30am now :)
Good night!

40 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your blog.

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  2. Congratulations on your 2nd Blog Anniversary! It has been great knowing you thru blogging!
    And your cupcake looks wonderful, I love it too! Yummy!
    Glad that your family enjoyed the steamed version too!
    Cheers to you, Alice!
    Have a great week!

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    1. thanks Joyce, nice knowing u too :)
      u too have a great week :)

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  3. Happy 2nd anniversary, Alice! Nice getting to know you. Love the chocolate cake, looks so moist and delicious.

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  4. Happy 2nd anniversary of blogging Alice, glad to have found your blog too! Great looking chocolate cakes, I think I would like the fudgy steamed version too.

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    1. thks Jeannie, nice knowing u too :)

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  5. Happy anniversary. the cake looks very rich and moist.

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  6. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesAugust 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I prefer the baked version. Happy anniversary: )

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  7. happy 2nd blog anniversary! interesting to know one recipe can be used for baking and steaming. The pudding does look like a very luscious kind of dessert!

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    1. thank you Lena :)
      yes surprisingly both give yummy cakes with different texture :)

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  8. Happy 2nd blog anniversary! I baked this recipes before and my kids like it.

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    1. thks Vivian :)
      yes, my kids love this cake too :)

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  9. Happy 2nd anniversary! Glad to lerned that this cake can be made in 2 version! Awesome! Looks decadent with perfect texture! Me melting! :)

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  10. Congrats ! Looking forward more post from you, your two ways of preparation of this cake sound yummy .

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