Friday, June 10, 2011


Chocolate Cupcake

Hmmm...what shall I begin this post with? Sometimes I feel I should have blogged anonymously and never let go of my identity here. I'm not a secretive person at all hence you know a lot of stuff about me including my real name and how I look to the colour I like the most and what keeps me up dreaming all night!

Now, the situation is if I want to write my heart out here...I cannot. That's because my entire family including my extended family and their relatives and their neighbours and my neighbours and all their friends and family reads this...reads whatever I write here. When people meet me at parties, they identify me saying 'Hey, you are that Ria of Ria's Collection!'.They discuss with me the things that I have written over this space. It is indeed a proud moment for me and I will never deny that fact! Infact my cousin Tia was telling me that she introduced my blog to her neighbour and whenever her neighbour meets her, she tells Tia that she is addicted to my blog and that she even browses my blog randomly before going to sleep! Now that is something...I mean if my blog is becoming a bed-time story book it does mean something to me. I have some cookbooks piled up on the floor next to my bed and I browse through it before I sleep...just simply flip through, see the photographs and get the idea of how things are done and how people manage to keep their spirits up even when the most beautiful thing turns into a disaster and how many pounds of butter goes into one small piece of cake etc.
Chocolate Cupcake

I consider that to be a book's success. I am not sure how many of you think that way.So I am very happy if my blog is becoming a bed time story book! :) At the same time, everyone knows about what I think, what I do. It's part of being out in the public.I know it but I never knew what I was getting into when I got into this whole thing called blogging! So I don't know if people can tell me, 'You should've known!'.
Chocolate Cupcake

There have been days when I wondered that I should just quit and stop everything. Yes, stop blogging. Stop dreaming about food. Stop thinking about food. Stop taking pictures of what I cook. Stop blogging, completely. If you noticed, I never said, stop cooking . That's not possible because I have to feed the two of us and it's me who has to do that.

Now, after writing all this, I feel I should just delete everything I just wrote but no, I won't do that. That's the problem with me.I don't like to delete and type sentences because it wouldn't be the way it comes from my heart...it would be my brain's work then :) I admire people who think with their brains first simply because I can never do that!
Chocolate Cupcake

Okay,now that's enough of rambling for the day. So by now you all know that I have a sweet little brother and that he scored some awesome marks for his 12th board exams!He joined college today and he is leaving home. I was sad when I spoke to him because all my life when I think of him,I know he is at home...walking the way he walks ...swaying his arms and never smiling (especially when he sees me) even though he has a great smile ;-) Now he won't be at home but away in a hostel. Anyhow, he is joining college and I wanted to bake him his favourite Chocolate Cupcakes that he used to ask me to bake  after I once baked it for him long long ago...almost 14 years ago. I found this recipe on Hindu (newspaper) and didn't know it would be this good. I was just 12 years old then so I cut that part out and stuck it onto Amma's recipe Diary and she still has that copy! When I grew up, I wrote it down in my own Diary . I don't know how he remembers it as he was just a 4 yr old but he used to ask me always 'to make those chocolate cupcakes' which I never did...until 2 days ago. So this is for you Ritchie Kutta, have a fun time in College! Study hard and not hardly ;-)

Makes 24 cupcakes

250 g all purpose flour
350g sugar
375 ml yogurt
75 g cocoa powder
100 g unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F. Line 2 regular sized (not mini)cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

In a bowl,beat all the ingredients together on medium-high speed for 2 mins. Pour 1/4 c of the batter into each cupcake liner and bake for 30 mins or till a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Verdict: Delicious soft chocolate cupcakes which are super easy to make and please :-) I don't think there are many recipes which can give you 24 cupcakes with just 100g of butter! Isn't this recipe a winner??
Cupcake Crumbs

He always asks me 'Did you try out anything new?' whenever we speak over the phone and I list out all what I tried and he just asks 'Hmm,Nallatha (did it taste good)?'. I know he misses my experiments at home( inspite all the wonderful goodies Amma makes ) which he used to gobble up once he gets back from school...Amma confirms it :-) So this time when I am home, I am baking this for him :-)
The giveaway is extended till Monday as some of you wrote to me saying there is a problem commenting on my blog. Till then, go through the wonderful stories you all came up with! It's hilarious!

Happy Friday guys!


Happy Cook / Finla said...

When i saw in FB i got a shock thinking you are going to stop blogging,so i had to come and check it out.
I think only few of my family know aobut my blog and my friends here i dont tell i have a blog, only because i dont want them reading what i write, especially my husbands colegue etc...

Dr.Sameena Prathap


Gorgeous little cup cakes...love them...:)



Smitha said...

Hey Girl...I hope u r just going thru a phase and will get over it soon!....ur sweet blog shouldnt ever disappear and blogs from you never should stop!...
It has been fun knowing you and being ur friend tho we dont really know each other....the blog is the connection between us!....Girl never think otherwise and keep blogging, it been a pleasure knowing u and ur blog!

Vimitha Anand said...

Lovely and rich chocolatey cupcakes look so inviting...

khushi said...

the cupcakes are truly delicious....very nice photography

Nithya said...

Lovely clicks :) They make me want the cakes badly :)

Good luck to your bro and you are such a sweet sister :)

Shabs.. said...

Those pictures look seducive;)...U r a good blogger, continue it..Initially when I blog I expected no one to read the blog and wrote all the craps to get it out of my head!!And now I dont even have time to delete those nonsense!!And real people are reading them!I dont think u have written any nuisance, so its k. And like Finla, I too dont tell my relatives and friends about the blog, they just came to know after 2 years or so as my cousins are there on FB and from my sister who is a big mouth.I get very embarassed when they praise n call me chef and I know I am just Zilch!

Suma Rowjee said...

Agreed! 24 yummy cupcakes with 100 grams of butter!! That's fabulous and I am scared of gobbling up more than I should!:-))

Your cupcakes and the stand both look so good!!

An Open Book said...

i think we all go through such a phase. I had my share of should i, should i not as well.
i hear ya when u say ppl relate u to the blog, im honestly am sick of ppl discussing my blog with me..i mean i cant shut up and i reveal my life crisis on my blog...it used 2 bug me initially that everyone would judge me, but now i dont care. I mean its my space so i get to do what i want :). So i would say, keep blogging and cooking and taking pics cos u are good at what u do..
No a big fan of anything chocolatey, but the second pic is really gorgeous.

thepickyeater said...

hello woman !! you dare not be thinking of stopping blogging. i know you've cooked a lot...but i love reading your blog....... A LOT ! you can do it less often...but don't stop :-( i have a younger bro to like u....big age gap. its so nice to see the love u hav fr him ! sweet :-)


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So dark and tempting! Those cupcakes must be divine. I love this series of clicks.



Stefania said...

Buona la ricetta e deliziose le foto, ciao :)

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Loved the second pic..so gorgeous ! U shouldn't feel so pressurised...U r a pure natural and whatever u do would come great..Continue enjoying what u do n keep up the great work..!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Very well written Ria. I guess I like the fact that it all comes from the heart.

those cupcakes sure look great and I like how your last picture has only some crumbs :)

Priya said...

Those cupcakes looks absolutely elegant, addictive and gorgeous..

divya said...

That looks delicious! Beautiful pics and presentation..

Magpie said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!! Cupcakes sound right up my alley I am such a pishki with butter! I know the feeling of wanting to maintain your privacy, but at the same time wanting to share your thoughts. Yes blogging is a very intimate sharing of your life with strangers and even people you know.But Ria I don't think we can live with out it :)

Archana said...

Lovely cup cakes. I better move my lazy - - - and buy some lines as my kid has been asking for them for along time. No excuses- I dont have the recipe too, she has seen these pictures and got me bookmark it.

Shanavi said...

Lovely and pakka presentation..Loved all ur clicks esp ur first click..simply amazing.. This is my first visit and c, u have a giveaway....entered my comments for that too..

Nitha said...

Lovely cup cakes and thats a sweet n cute treat for ur lil brother...

Y do you ven think about stop blogging? I love reading ur write up.. I believe, so do everyone :) So keep going lady.. with your awesome recipes..

Zareena said...

Ria, Plzz dont even think of quitting. You are a wonderful blogger and how can you think like that. I too love reading all the that which you write before recipes and also that your clicks are amazing and gorgeous. Recipes are excellent. You have lots and lots of followers on your blog and also on FB.
You rock gal.
Now for the recipe, its awesome. Mindblowing clicks, perfectly baked.

Purnima said...

Ria..keep blogging! The cake stand has cute flowers, cupcakes r pretty, 3 cheers to ur bro, n good wishes as he starts his new academic year!

Eat & Burpp said...

heyy ria, if you could kindly provide these measurements using cup & spoon please!! Lovely cakes & would love to make them subjected to your help :)


Sarah said...

The pics are absolutely gorgeous, Ria! It's so lovely to read about ur lil brother and awesome things u make for him... All the best to your brother for memorable and fruitful college years.
I think Ive been reading your blog for close to 3 years now... or maybe more... dont stop blogging... In fact we all go through feelings like this - and its not just about blogging... I sometimes feel the same way about my work :P and exercise. And also sometimes about something as trivial as waking up at the crack of dawn everyday. i guess its just human nature to get tired of doing the same thing. But if we continue, we will figure out how to overcome this... And then change into something more refreshing..

Swapna said...

Love love love that cake stand Ria!!! Beautiful choice! Lovely pics and recipe too!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I've gone through the same feelings, many times since having a blog. In fact, going through them right now as well. I see you stuck to blogging though, and I'm very happy about that. We need this blog :D

darkinspiration said...


I came to know you through your blogs. Your writing is very refreshing. So please do not stop blogging. Its nice to know things happening in your life. I also do hope that its just a phase you are going through your life and that it will pass off and u will continue to encourage us also to try out new recipes through your blog.

Priyanka Peter said...

Hi, can u pls give cup measurements for this recipe? Newbie baker without a weighing scale :(

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