Friday, December 21, 2012

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes (Martha Stewart)

This December is a very busy month for me, both work and personal. Basically I need to attend a lot of meetings, my boss is super on, everyday will call for meetings. Sometimes just sit in the meeting room throughout the whole day and have to call for delivery lunch. At home, I am fully occupy by my kids. Little kicker is now very cling to me, as long as he see me, he will want me to stay with him, unless he is able move around the house freely instead of "locking" him inside the 6 panels haenim play yard. As for dear daughter, she will also want my attention, she is still feel insecure sometimes.

My busy schedule has left me with no time to do any baking, net surfing, blogging... I am able to do some blog hopping during the journey from work place to home using mobile phone. So baking buddies, I still visit your blog now and then but just not able to leave any comments. I have a lot of planning on my To Bake List but none can be done, I even have no time (I was not feeling well too) to bake a cake for dear daughter and dear brother's birthday. So for the 1st time, we bought a birthday cake instead after I started my baking journey.

Dear daughter requested that she wanted to bake chocolate cupcake, I kept "postponed" the timing to do the baking hoping she will either forget or forgo this idea, simply cos I was too lazy hahaha.... But too bad, even I dragged till night time, she still reminded and insisted on the baking. Thus, I decided to let her try on the easiest recipe so I googled for one bowl chocolate cake.

Initially I wanna omit the chocolate ganache (mummy to lazy to melt the chocolate heeheehee) but dear daughter insisted of having it so no choice lol. I didn't follow the recipe of ganache from Zoe, I just aga aga (estimation) to come out my own measurement.

This should be my last post for year 2012, dun think I have time to post again since there are a lot of christmas shopping to be done and gathering to attend.
I will see you at 2013. In the meantime, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This post is for Cook like a Star, organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Riceball from Riceball Eats. Cook like a Star - December 2012 - Martha Stewart

This post is also for Tea Time Treats hosted by What Kate Baked and Lavender Lovage. December theme - Chocolate

Recipe from Bake For Happy Kids, originated from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients : 13 cupcakes
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 170g)
1 1/2 cups sugar (I reduced to 250g)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk (I do not have buttermilk at home so I used 3/4 tbsp lemon juice + milk and add up to 3/4 cup)
3 tbsp safflower oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (I used 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)

Method :
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (or 160ºC fan-forced)
2. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners, set aside. 
3. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla powder and salt into a large bowl. 
4. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, and oil, and mix until smooth, about 3 mins. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. 
6. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 mins (I baked mine at 25 mins), rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache
150g chocolate
50g milk
40g butter

 Method :
1. Double boil the chocolate and milk until chocolate is melt.
2. Spoon onto the cupcakes and decorate as desire. (I am too lazy to pipe so just asked dear daughter to used the spoon :P)

The cupcakes are moist, soft, chocolatey, totally a fuss-free recipe and yield good result. This is a keeper recipe when you are looking for a quick, easy and yet delicious cake.


  1. Time flies and your boy will grow up really quick. My son too!
    The time when he will stop snuggling around like a worm will end soon and I know I will miss that very much.
    Enjoy the moments :)

    1. Oh yes Wendy, both our baby boys have grown up, we both must enjoy every moments :D.

  2. I have been wanting to make these lovely chocolate cupcakes. Merry Christmas, and have a happy new year!

    1. Mich, go ahead and bake it, easy and delicious.

  3. Hope u are feeling better now, take care ya :)
    Wishing u and u family Merry X'mas and Happy New Year!

    1. Cass, I am sick now, got virus from my son lol.

  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

  5. Thank you very much for entering these into TTT! Happy Christmas!

  6. Jess,
    These chocolate cupcakes are so chocolaty and looks so moist!

    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you and yours too!!


  7. Jess, your cupcakes are so cute! Wish you and family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. Hi Jessie,

    It must tough juggling with work and kids... worst of all with Christmas. Happy that you like this fuss-free easy cake recipe :D

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Happy 2013 too :D


    1. Hi Zoe, yes this recipe recd a lot of compliments too, thanks for sharing.

  9. looks like you now have a little assistant to help you in the kitchen:) Merry christmas to you and have a wonderful new year 2013!

    1. Oh ya Lena, but she only helps on some steps only, she is a lazy gal lol.

  10. Merry Christmas and a great year in 2013!

  11. Merry X'mas to you and your family! ^-^

  12. Merry Christmas!

    I am sure you will pull through! Hope these wonderful cupcakes that you made cheer you up!

  13. Jess, those cupcakes are adorable. Happy New Year to you and family.

  14. What cute little cupcakes! Delicious - glad you managed to squeeze in time to bake them :-)

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  16. Hi Jess, Happy NEw Year! We came back to Sydney yesterday but the 4 weeks of holidays wasn't really fun becoz Isabelle got sick for 4 times & I had food poisoning on the day before we came back, faint lah! Today is the 3rd day but feeling much better now, yesterday was tough as had to take care of the young one on the plane though I had to keep going to the toilet,what a bad way to loose weight, hahaha! I don't think I will have time to cook for the blog yet but will try to share some photos that I have taken during my holidays! Take care & keep in touch!

    1. Jessie, you are finally back to home, I am missing you a lot from here, wish to meet you again! Poor Isabelle to fall sick during holiday and poor mummy to suffering together with the child. Gosh, you ate too much lah that's why your body self detox lol. Do take care of yourself and your kids and waiting for you to update your blog :D

  17. Tell me about juggling work and being a mom. I know it only too well. Seems like the hours are not long enough when you are with the family. Those are lovely cupcakes, Jess. Hope not too late to wish you A Very Happy New Year.

    1. Ya What's Baking, still struggling especially now my boss is on mood of meeting. Meeting no stop and no ends, gosh so all the works pile up...

  18. I hope it is never too late to wish you a Happy New Year. This cupcake sound good .

  19. These cupcakes look awesome and I love the festive presentation too.
    Wishing you a sweet and joyous 2013!


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