Saturday, November 22, 2014

Super soft, Super moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Owl faces

Cupcakes are super easy to make and super fun to decorate. It is a hit with children as it is easy and less messy to eat. This cupcake, I baked for my daughter's first birthday and it was just too good!!! I love chocolate flavor for its richness and that bitterness. This one was just heavenly.

The cupcake recipe is adapted from

The decoration was suggested by my friend Blessy.

One batch makes 12 cupcakes.

What ou need:
  1. Maida - 1 1/2 cups
  2. Unsweeted cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
  3. Granulated sugar - 1 cup
  4. Baking soda - 1 tsp
  5. Salt - a pinch
  6. Brewed coffee - 1 cup (1 cup warm water mixed with 1 1/2 tsp of instant coffee powder, any brand)
  7. White vinegar - 1 tbsp
  8. Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
  9. Oil - 6 tbsp 

How to go about it:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree (350 Farenheit) for about 10 minutes. Prepare the cupcake tray with liners.
  2. In a large bowl sift maida, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder together and keep aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk or beat together oil, vinegar, sugar, coffee extract, vanilla extract.
  4. Now, mix both the wet and dry ingredients without any lumps. Do not beat or whisk vigorously. Just gently mix so that everything comes together to form a pouring consistency rather than a lumpy one.
  5. Fill 2/3rd of the cupcake liner and bake for 18 - 20 minutes. 
  6. Once you take out, cool them completely on a wire rack and then do the decoration of your choice. 

Points to remember:

  1. The original recipe called to mix the sugar in the dry ingredients. I did this for a trial batch and the cupcakes flopped big time. Whisk the sugar with the wet ingredients even if it is super fine or powdered. 
  2. Do not beat the batter once the wet and dry ingredients. This will make the cupcakes hard and they would not rise.
  3. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. 
  4.  Once both wet and dry ingredients are mixed, do not let the batter stay out for a long time. 
  5. The oven should be just ready and hot to bake before you bake. 
Njoy with your loved ones...