Saturday, December 1, 2012

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes (Martha Stewart)

I like Martha Stewart. To me, she is an elegant lady and can be very influencing in term of setting lifestyles and home-ware trends.

Although it seems to be every lady's dream to be Martha Stewart, it is not so much for me. I like Martha Stewart but she seems to be too perfect with her house keeping and cooking. I like my house to be clean but I also like it to be messily cosy. LOL!

To me, Martha Stewart is also a perfectionist and I think her website is always very perfectly written. She has a wide variety of recipes in her website and most of them seems pretty foolproof with concise instructions. For this reason, I would like to learn to cook or bake like Martha Stewart in this month and start with an extremely simple recipe baked by our mummy-and-son tag team.

These kid-friendly cupcakes are extremely amazing. 24 of these contain only 1 and 1/2 tbsp of oil and yet they are moist and delicious to eat.

one bowl chocolate cupcakes Martha Stewart
One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
My son was lining the muffin tin.
Making the cake batter
What's next? Waiting for the cake to bake...
Decorating the cupcakes
one bowl chocolate cupcakes Martha Stewart
And munch!
These cupcakes are not just for kids. These are mummy's nice and simple ones.

Here are the recipes from Martha Stewart website
(with my modification in blue)

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
Make 18 to 24

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
(I used the Dutch processed one)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda (replaced by baking powder)
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp safflower oil (replaced by rice bran oil)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350ºF (or 160ºC fan-forced)

Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. 

Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. 

Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 mins. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. 

Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 mins, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Note: Using half of this recipe, I've baked 24 mini chocolate cupcakes at 160ºC fan-forced for 15 min.

Chocolate Ganache

8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (preferably 61% cacao)
(mine is 70% cocoa)
1 cup heavy cream
1/8 tsp coarse salt

Coarsely chop chocolate. A serrated knife is best for the job; its sawlike teeth grab the chocolate, breaking it up.

Bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over chocolate, and add salt. Let stand for 10 mins (don't stir - doing so will cool the ganache too quickly, making it grainy).

Stir with a whisk until smooth and shiny to break up any pieces and emulsify cream and chocolate.

Chocolate will often settle on the bottom or sides of the bowl. Scrape dish with a rubber spatula to incorporate all of it.

Note: When the cupcakes were cooled completely, we frost the cupcakes with 1/4 amount of the above chocolate ganach recipe and decorated them with colourful sprinkles.

Happy Baking
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  1. Hi Zoe! Yaay! Your first recipe from Martha. It's funny how Martha and Barefoot have become household names. You can just say their first name and everyone knows who you're talking about. I just made her coconut pie with the gnache filling (I have to make it again so I can take photos and post it) and I think I will use her gnache on my next batch of cupcakes. The gnache looks so pretty and I love the colored sprinkles you threw on there. I also love the head shot of your son patiently waiting by the oven for the cupcakes to come out, so cute!

  2. Very pretty looking and cute mini chocolate cupcakes. Looks moist with so little oil added. I like her recipes too. Going to share what I had bake.

  3. Your cupcakes looks wonderfully soft. With buttermilk and oil in it, I can imagine how tender the texture is. It's always a fun time to bake something together with your kids. It builds a special bond and memory for them.

  4. Hi Zoe, lovely cupcakes! It's time for Martha Stewart yummies! I love her website too, will be posting her yummies when I'm back from a short break!

  5. Fun cupcakes! I'm not a big fan of Martha Stewart. She's just too dry of a personality for me I guess. But she posts some lovely recipes. :)

  6. zoe, i love how simple your decoration is , just with colour sprinkles and yet i find it so cute and lovely, like party cupcakes too! very moist indeed!

  7. Wow! Yummilicious chocolatey cupcakes. Looks so pretty with colorful sprinkles! YUM! :)

  8. Hi Zoe! Your chocolate cupcakes definitely are not just for kids only! I want to try them too.

  9. I love one bowl recipes - and these look like a winner! Beautiful pictures.

  10. Hooray! Been waiting for 1st Dec to arrive.... hehe I love your "Cook Like a Star" bloghops :) Love your cupcakes esp the colorful sprinkles... makes it so pretty!

  11. Still can't get enough of choclate cupcakes right? This is another awesome one...

  12. I wish I had the time to be Martha Stewart!

  13. simple and yummy cupcakes, all kids will love this!

  14. This is my type of recipe, Zoe :) My daughter says I need to make this...

  15. They certainly look moist and chocolatey! Absolutely love them!

  16. Zoe~~
    So funny n warm to bake with ur kid...

  17. Zoe,
    Your Martha Stewart chocolate cupcakes look simple yet so pretty and yummy.
    I love to see that little pair of cute..^^
    Another mummy-and-son tag team..wink wink ;D
    Have a lovely weekend.

  18. Nice cupcakes. Hope you and your son had a good time baking it. Will try to get some time to bake something from Martha Stewart.

  19. Zoe , love this simply delicious chocolaty cupcakes ! Your little boy sure loves baking ! :)

  20. This is lovely, Zoe! Love the collage of your son helping out, so sweet :) i just did a batch of similar chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles on it last week with my boy, they tasted a,right, but i want to try yours, they look wonderfully moist.

  21. looks so delicate and beautiful

  22. Zoe, your little helper was back in action again! Sorry that I don't have time to participate in this Martha Stewart-themed cooking month as this month is just too busy for me. In fact, I'm going to post my last post of the year on Tue, then I'm done! My oven is now shut & it is going to have a 6 weeks of breadk(at least), haha! Lovely cupcakes!

  23. Delicious looking cupcakes! Yummy!

  24. i've baked these cupcakes before and I was shocked that they had such little oil and tasted amazing. Goes to show you that you really don't need crazy amounts of butter in desserts. :)

  25. Zoe, how go you get such smooth top cupcakes? Mine are either cracked or bumpy. Your cupcakes are so lovely to look at.

  26. Yummy...looks mouthwateringly delicious!

  27. Your how-to pictures (with captions) are always so much fun! I usually skip them on most websites (even though I'm a pretty visual person, when it comes to recipes I'd just rather read how to do it, not have visuals) but I always look at each and every one of yours. And such a nice cupcake recipe. Looks totally delish - thanks so much.

  28. All your bakes look lovely and these are no exception! They look yummy...I know a few kids who'd love to get their paws on these! :-)

  29. You are always awesome Zoe...these look totally divine.
    Have a lovely week ahead:)

  30. Delectable! Can I have one, pretty please?

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  32. Hi! May I know what's the reason for replacing the baking Soda with baking powder? Thanks.

    1. Hi, I usually don't like the aftertaste of baking soda and prefer to use baking powder or unless it is very well neutralized with acidic ingredient. You can use baking soda if you want. Cheers!