September 17, 2008

Chocolate Cupcakes (Microwave version) with Fudge Frosting

Printable version here.

Cupcakes are just the thing when you would like to eat satisfy that urge to eat cake without having to bake a big one. You can scale down (or up) the numbers to suit your requirement. And there is something special about peeling off the paper cup and eating a cake, even though small, that is just yours.
And if I have to decorate them, given my mediocre cake decorating skills, I don’t feel threatened the way I do when I face the task of decorating a big cake!




These cupcakes have been made in the microwave. I use my microwave everyday, mostly for cooking vegetables, making pappads and for heating up and crisping food. However, cooking wholly using the microwave is something I do less frequently except while making jams or certain sweets.




I have to point out that the texture of these microwaved cupcakes is somewhat like a sponge cake and to be frank, if I had to choose I do prefer the oven baked version. That’s not to say these aren’t good. They are and I have made them quite a few times. There’s something to be said for a cupcake that can made from scratch, frosted and is ready to eat in under 20 minutes. The recipe is one of those I copied down a long time ago, so I have no idea about its origins. And this is how it goes.


Ingredients:


For the cupcakes:


¼ cup butter, softened

¼ cup castor sugar

1 egg

½ cup all purpose flour – 1 tbsp

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp water

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract


For the fudge icing:

¼ cup butter

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp boiling water

¾ cup icing sugar

Sugar strands or decoration of choice


Method:


For cupcakes:

Put the butter, sugar, egg, flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cocoa powder and water in a bowl and beat for 2 minutes.
Divide this batter into 10 double thickness small paper cake cases (you may also use two paper cases for each to achieve this thickness). My cupcake cases were a bit larger so I got 8 cupcakes

Arrange five filled cupcake cases in a circle on your MW turntable. Cook at 100% for about 2 minutes. The cooking time will vary with the microwaves so check after about 1 ½ minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted. Repeat with the remaining five filled cases. My turntable is on the larger side so I put in all 8 cases in one batch.
Allow to cool.

For the frosting:

While the cupcakes are cooling, put the butter in a MW safe bowl. MW at 60% for 40 seconds to melt the butter. Add the cocoa powder, boiling water and mix. Add the icing sugar while stirring constantly to obtain a smooth paste.

Spread the frosting over the warm cupcakes and decorate as preferred. Let the frosting set. Remove the extra paper case (if using) and serve.

Makes 8 to 10 cupcakes depending on the size of the paper cases.

These cupcakes can be made in a regular oven too. Follow the same procedure for making the cupcake batter. Pour into cupcake cases or moulds. Bake at 180C for 15 to 20 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
Frost as you wish or serve plain.

These cupcakes are my submission to Srivalli’s MEC: Chocolate




This month, Rachel and I have been baking a bit of Jamaica. Do check out these cute “Pinch Me Rounds” or “Gizzadas” at The World In Our Oven. Thank you.


40 comments:

jayasree said...

When you get the cake ready in 2 mts, its okay if u will have to compromise the texture. Liked the frosting too.

Happy cook said...

Yeah i love making cup cakes too and they are so cute.
Your looks beautiful and love the frosting.
I have never baked a cake in MW.
I hardly use my MW , just to heat things.
You should tell me how you do you papad in MW

Indranee said...

Lovely cupcakes! Just want to eat them:)

Curry Leaf said...

Nice Aparna,Thanks for Gizzadas,they are eggless,so will try it.

Sunshinemom said...

The cupcakes looks good, and so do the gizzadas!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely .. the pic looks sooo cute. the frosting looks great

soma said...

Aparna

great microwave recipe. I will Have to do this. with 2 little girls, this is just great. I bet their mouth will be watering if I show these pics to them:)

I have just resend the entry to the Grain event.

bee said...

i'm sure even kids can make this. lovely recipe.

Fearless Kitchen said...

These look delightful. I don't use my microwave for much besides storage - this looks like a great way to get me using the tool for the purpose it was intended.

Rachel said...

Chocolate craving indeed...Love the frosting...

Divya Vikram said...

I agree these taste best when made in the oven..But I make these once in a while when in a hurry..Nice frosting.

Srivalli said...

Thats so lovely Aparna...thank you so much!

Shella said...

The frosting makes it look awesome and just right to gobble down .....great job...and I think I missed the older posts, but the tarts look gorgeous and I can somehow feel that they taste amazing too....

Divya said...

Yeah microwaved goodies are so different from oven-baked ones. But if you are saving time, why not. I like the frosting on the first cupcake. Looks cute

Ivy said...

Aparna, they look lovely but I prefer to bake in the oven. I tried making a cake once and I threw it away.

Bharti said...

My son just looked at your goodies and is asking me to make them right now! He's like "Mom u have to because I want to eat them, and I can't cook!"
Thanks Aparna ;-)

karuna said...

lovely cupcakes. they made me subscribe to ure blog,(heheheheheh). loved the one with chocolate frosting with silver dots. looks retro

Vaishali said...

Aren't you clever? Microwave cupcakes, and such gorgeous ones. Lovely job, Aparna.

Nags said...

tahts lovely! i only use MW for heating *shameful*

Vij said...

ohoho!! awesome..... lovely cupcakes!!

SMN said...

Aparna those cakes look so adorable.. im hungry..

Purnima said...

Aparna, the mw cupcakes look awesome (query - which material did u use for cupcake case, the usual ones are metal or paper, both cant b used in mw) The Gizzadas hv come out superb!!

Bev said...

I am so impressed you can make such perfect looking cupcakes in the micowave! Gonna have to try it sometime! mmm Chocolate sounds very appealing right now! yummy

Sia said...

talk abt sinful cupcakes :) lovely recipe aparna...

Curry Leaf said...

Aparna,There is a cupcake event at foodbeam.com.I think you can send these.

Purnima said...

Aparna, tks for ur email, I shall surely try them, the frosting looks great as well!

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna, just wonderful cupcakes - love the way the icing all piped on top!

Rosie x

sra said...

That icing is hardly mediocre! Off to WIMO now!

Swati Raman Garg said...

love the second pic....

Jude said...

Never tried microwave cupcakes before... I have no idea how it's going to work for me but your recipe sounds great.

Dhanggit said...

oh what can i say but..simply brilliant!!! i love it

Nidhi said...

Those are lovely looking cup cakes!

PG said...

looks fantastic! beautiful! Yummy!
And checked the recipes of gizzadas too. Lovely!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, yum! Just yum!

Passionate About Baking said...

I'm off to check these intriguing looking pinch me gizzadas. Really lovely Aparna.

Pearlsofeast said...

Oh the frosting is lovely dear Aparna,Ur gizzadas are superb! and very neatly done.

Aparna said...

Thanks everyone for all the compliments. I'm blushing!

As I wrote to you Purnima, I used the paper cases. And 2 for each cupcake to make sure they keep their shape. Since they'r cooked for so little time the MW doesn't affect the paper.

Ranuel said...

Thank you SO much! I had a microwave chocolate cup cake recipe years ago but the cookbook disappeared, probably with a roommate. I can't eat wheat anymore and I decided to go looking for a microwave recipe because I remembered it as being lighter than the regular cup cakes. I made your recipe substituting barley flour for wheat and they came out perfectly! I just ate my first chocolate cake in two years!

Aparna said...

Happy to know that you found what you were looking for, Ranuel.
First chocolate cake in 2 years, that's something.:)

Emily said...

I really must remember not to visit your site before lunch!