Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Talk about cravings! I get very specific cravings all the time! A few days ago I was craving for a homemade chocolate cake and this is what satisfied me! It really did satisfy the chocolate hungry girl in me!

I have read in many places that a girl should have a good chocolate cake recipe with her, just like a LBD. I would say, in my case, this chocolate cake would be my Lil' Black Dress! :-) The simplicity of this recipe and the amazing result it gives you, you can never go wrong. There was a frosting recipe for the cake and I didn't do it because I am trying to divide my butter intake in 2 cakes rather than in 1 :-)

I couldn't wait for the cupcakes to cool down, got Jobin also along with me. So, as soon as the tray popped out of the oven, we both gobbled up  one each. B.L.I.S.S.
Some of our friends ( I would say LUCKY!) dropped by that evening, so we shared some with them as well.I think my life has a new motto now...bake & share! :-)

Recipe source : Alice Medrich


Flour-1 c
Unsweetened cocoa powder-1/4 c + 2 tbsp
Baking soda-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp (omit salt if you are using salted butter)
Unsalted butter- 1 stick/ 113 g
Brown sugar-1 1/4 c, packed
Vanilla extract-1 tsp
Hot water- 1/2 c


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C /350F. Prepare your baking tin.
  • In a heat proof bowl, melt butter and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Add the sugar to it and mix it up using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon.
  • Add in both the eggs & vanilla together and mix till combined.
  • Dump in all the dry ingredients (no sifting needed unless cocoa is lumpy) and mix till flour is just incorporated.
  • Add in the hot water and mix till everything blends in well.
  • Pour into the baking tin and bake for 35-45 mins.
  • Cool the cake in the tin for 10 mins and then demould it and let it cool completely.
  • I baked them in my silicone cupcake moulds and this batter yielded 12 cupcakes.

Verdict: How can a chocolate cake get more simpler? It's a one bowl, mixer-free,easy clean up cake recipe! An absolute winner! Try it for yourself and see!

This is going to be my most fave chocolate cake until I find the next one! Usually my search for the perfect chocolate cake never ends, but after trying this one, I think I can rest my search! Phew!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely cupcakes! That recipe is awesome.

A great giveaway too.



Pavithra Srihari said...

wow awesome cake .. am now in the phase of baking only cupcakes and this one would be my next try .. gorgeous it looks

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Looks so heavenly .. I too make similar recipe for chocolate cupcake and it comes out so moist..yah its sure satisfy the chocolate craving and will not go wrong everytime I make.

THAT girl said...

"Cravings" ?? :) :) :)
any gooooood news?

Jess @ Sugar High said...

Those cupcakes look really good, I'm not sure I'd be able to share even one!

Your pictures definitely draw me to your blog. I love them all. Gorgeous! Of course, the recipes that accompany them are just as wonderful :)


Unknown said...

wow, how beautiful, lovely presentation.

Satya said...

cup cakes looks divine ...love the color n texture of the cake .. awesome clicks too


Divya Kudua said...

Hey Ria..guess what,I couldn't wait for this recipe to celebrate[remember why?],and I made your aunt's Moist Chocolate cake and oh boy,that's something out of the world.One of the best chocolate cakes evah!!Loved it,absolutely!!This one's next for sure..I too do the same thing-bake and share,nothing makes me more happier!!

My Kitchen Antics said...

Ria...is it fudgy inside??? I have almost the exact same recipe which i have tried but its just moist inside...not really fudgy..was wondering if i was doing something wrong????
love the 1st pic

Rachel said...

love the equivalent to the LBD! Must say, that the white server is enviable...

Unknown said...

Ahh! I see you're all set for the class, you lucky woman! Or did it already happen? THese look soo good, I really want to run off and buy a few of her books

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos, Ria! Happy to have found your blog!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

Suma Rowjee said...

LBD and DCC(Dark Choc Cake) - Love your take on this Ria!! I bet each dish on this blog tastes better than the fabulous clicks here. Sharing your bakes makes baking all the more satisfying and rewarding..

Tia said...

koddddi verunnnu. enikk ippam vennum!

S said...

They were quite moist when i baked them and when do you use those extra 2 tbsp of cocoa...

Ria Mathew said...

Home of Cupcakes- You need 1/4 c plus 2 tbsp more of much cocoa powder for this recipe. I hope it's clear now :)

Tia- Bake it, penne!

Beans said...

Hi Ria , i wanted to thank you for this recipe.this lbd made way to 25 lil kindergarten kids who lapped it up and made mommy..that is me look so good.ryan and rohan,my boys says thankyou.

Unknown said...

Good and simple recipe ria... Thanks as u ended my search too.... Perfect and nice tempting pics...

Ann said...

Hi Ria. I'm about to try this recipe of yours tonight. Since there's no baking powder or yoghurt mentioned, can i fill the mould to the brim with batter ? Or should it be just half ? Again, whats the baking time for silicone moulds at 180 deg ? Thanks for your wonderful recipes which make our life easier :)

Ria Mathew said...

Hello Ann, there's baking soda in the recipe which will make them rise and overflow if you would fill the cups to the brim. Fill them either halfway or two- thirds full. Timing varies depending on the ovens, so start checking after 15-16 minutes. Hope you enjoy these cupcakes! They are really good! :)

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