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Two Peas and Their Pod: Chocolate Cupcakes

Friday, November 07, 2008

Chocolate Cupcakes



This week I was asked to bring in a dessert for work, this rarely happens since we are supposed to eat healthy at our workplace...but since they asked I jumped at the opportunity! I love any reason to bake!!

I never got into the cupcake craze. I like cup
cakes...they are cute, fun, and usually pretty tasty, but I guess I just prefer baking other desserts. I do have several cupcake recipes on my long baking list, but haven't gotten around to many of them.

Well, I finally tried one this time around. I went with Martha Stewart's Chocolate C
upcake recipe. I stuck with a classic. Almost everyone loves chocolate, right?? I know I do!!

I wanted to try this recipe because of the ingredient list...buttermilk, oil, warm water, cocoa. I figured these would lead to moist, chocolaty cupcakes. I HATE it when they are dry!! Well, I was right, these cupcakes were super moist and chocolaty!! I had leftover cream cheese frosting that needed to be used so I topped them off with that. Why waste a good thing?

My co-workers approved, 2 thumbs up from everyone!! I think I will go back to this recipe. The cupcakes were great. I was in a rush that
night so I didn't have time to do any fancy decorating, but maybe next time. These would be fun for birthdays, holidays, etc.







Chocolate Cupcakes

Adapted from Martha Stewart
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix batter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about one-third full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

I ended up with 18 normal size cupcakes. You could do minis or big ones if you wish!


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38 Comments:

Blogger The Food Librarian said...

I just made these cupcakes and love the recipe too! Yours are very nice and I'm sure your co-workers loved them.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

These look beautiful on the black and white plates! Nice work. I bet your coworkers love you!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Classic is best! I love them!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Yummy they look amazing, I love classic cupcakes too!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Oh I adore these cupcakes they look SO beautiful! Being chocolate ones too my fav :)

Rosie x

7:50 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These really look amazing. The surface you photographed them on looks like the background of your blog. How did you do that!

7:51 AM  
Blogger alexandra's kitchen said...

its always more fun to bake for other people. I think cocoa powder and buttermilk are secret weapons with baking! these cupcakes sound delish.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Who wouldn't like a chocolate cupcake? I like your iced cookies too.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Kelley Flint said...

These are great cupcakes. I made these a couple of years ago and loved then with the first bite. Glad you enjoyed them.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I'm positive that I would like these better than the Dorie ones I did a few weeks ago. I like oil in my cupcakes! I am definitely going to try these!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Teanna said...

The presentation is so classy and elegant! Gorgeous cupcakes! I'm going to have to try that recipe!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

These would be great for a "black-and-white" party! Love your background!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Happy cook said...

Have bookmarked these . It looks really yummy

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Yum!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

This really has been a sweet week for you! These cupcakes sound great especially if they stay nice and moist!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

Your co-workers really got a treat with these yummy cupcakes.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

You cannot go wrong with chocolate nor can you go wrong with a Martha recipe. I am so glad to hear everyone enjoyed them as they look delicious.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

They look simple and delicious although I am not a big chocolate or cupcake eater. I do enjoy making them but I'm like you, I like making other things more. So, without getting too personal, what is the skinny behind the healthiness at work. Is it just personal or is it more in line with the kind of place it is?

1:11 PM  
Blogger Evan and Rebecca Jones said...

Hey - I tried your apple crisp last night. SOOOOOO yum! Evan couldn't stop eating it (better him than me...) :) Thanks a ton!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh these are adorable...classic black and white. :) They look yummy!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

Of course everyone loves chocolate! They looks really dark and chocolatey yum! And even the simple frosting looks great and does a great contrast!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Can't go wrong with chocolate cupcakes. They look mouth watering good. I love the platter.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

This is excellent. I have been looking for a good oil-based chocolate cake recipe, and Martha usually delivers. Thanks for posting!

5:44 PM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

yum :)

6:16 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Hey, it's your signature pattern! The cupcakes look very deep and moist indeed-- just the way I like 'em :)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Mmmm...they look so yummy. Can you really go wrong with chocolate AND cream cheese frosting?? I think not! :o)

8:24 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

They look very tasty! Classic treat!

3:39 AM  
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7:22 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Hey those look a little on the healthy side, so no worries :) Wait a minute... if you don't bring in all your goodies to work, then who gets them? Haha I guess you have plenty of other friends :)

11:10 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Thanks for your reply. That was cool to know and I like that they have a policy like that. After you told me I then see it in your profile. Silly me, sorry. But I think that's awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

11:18 AM  
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12:01 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

oh, i'm sure they were gobbled up! i never got on board the cupcake train, either, but i do enjoy them every now and then, especially those doused with frosting. :)

4:47 AM  
Blogger mikky said...

mmm... they look so dark and moist... the frosting is an added bonus... :)

7:24 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

YUMMMMM! You can't go wrong with chocolate!

5:55 AM  
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6:46 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Yum! Perfectr! :)

7:22 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

They usually want to eat healthfully at work? Blaspheme! Baking for work is exactly how I endear myself to coworkers!

These look yummy. I love cream cheese frosting with chocolat.e

12:59 PM  
Blogger marciemo said...

Where did you get the super cute plate?

1:11 PM  

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