Sunday, 4 August 2013

Nigella's Chocolate Cupcakes

It has been raining incessantly from the past one month or so, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep the children busy indoors. Particularly when I m having my niece  and nephew visiting from the USA, ages 9 and 6 respectively, as their summer vacations are on, and combined with my own 9 and 2 1/2 year old, its complete mayhem at our household. To channelize their bursting energy and sky rocketing enthusiasm for baking, we decided to make some cupcakes for tea on a wet rainy afternoon. We didn't do the icing part as by the time the whole process was finished, the kids had no patience for making the icing and then frosting the cupcakes. They were eager to start on the cupcakes as soon as the oven went 'bing'. We had absolutely fab time making and then demolishing these cuppies. The kids were satiated.......for 5 minutes or so, and immediately wanted to dive into the next baking project on their list. You see, in their minds all of them are accomplished bakers already.....oh well who m I to burst their bubble. But that's a story for another day :)

Nigella's Chocolate Cupcakes

110 grams unsealed butter (I used Amul butter)
200 grams dark muscavado sugar 
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 grams dark chocolate, melted and cooled
100 grams all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
125 ml boiling water

Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Line a muffin tin or cupcake tin with paper liners.
Cream the butter and sugar together, either with a wooden spoon or with an electric hand held mixer. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Next, fold in the melted chocolate, taking care to blend well but being careful not to overheat. Then  gently add the flour to which you have already added the baking soda, alternately spoon by spoon with the boiling water until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter. Fill the 12 muffin paper cases. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the tin and cool on a rack.

This post is linked to Cook Like A Star, organised by Zoe @Bake For Happy Kids, Joyce@Kitcen Flavours and me@ Simple-Baking. If you want to join in the event, simply cook or bake one of Nigella Lawson's recipe, from her website or books, and link with us for the whole month of August 2013. For more details please visit here.

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This post is also linked to the event Little Thumbs Up hosted by Yen@Eat Your Heart Out and organised by Zoe@Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen @My Little Favourite DIY.


Happy Baking!!


  1. Hi my dear, how you doing? Wow... love the ballerina cake topper, they are so cute and pretty. The cake look good too, very chocolatey. Me too posted about chocolate. :)

    Have a fun weekend with all your kids. :) Hugs and love to you.

  2. They are so adorable with ballerina topper!

  3. The cupcakes look delicious! You can always count on Nigella for a good chocolate cake/cupcake recipe. Love the ballerina topper too :)

  4. The cupcakes looks extra special with all the pretty ballerinas!
    I'm sure the kids had fun savouring these wonderful cupcakes as much they enjoy making these! Have fun on the next project! :)

  5. Hi Anuja,

    Your chocolate cupcakes look so pretty with all these dancing ballerinas. Looking after 4 active kids indoor... I can imagine that there will be quiet moments (at least... hee hee) when they are enjoying these chocolaty delicious cupcake. You must be feeling relieved at that moment... but only for a while :p


  6. Talk about cake toppers, ballerinas are FAB!

  7. Hi Anuja! I'm sure the kids will be obedient when you serve them the cupcakes... but definitely not for long because I'm sure they will finish it very fast! They look delicious!

  8. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com5 August 2013 at 21:54

    Oh no, those graceful ballerinas remind me of by 2 girls! haahhaha... and yummy cakes :) I'm hungry....

  9. Hi Anuja, the ballerina toppers are absolutely adorable. My kids are on school holidays too, baking keeps them busy and happy. Thanks for linking to LTU ;)

  10. Anuja, your chocolate cupcakes look so pretty with the graceful ballerinas. This also means that your cupcakes are so light that they can prance on it. :):)

  11. So sweet, cupcakes just make me smile and happy:)))

  12. so simple and so yummy looking
    I bet my kids will love this too
    and very pretty topper, Anuja
    my ballet lover girl will love those!

  13. Lovely chocolate cupcakes & they look so SWEET with ballerina toppers! ;)


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