Friday, June 3, 2011

Molten Center Chocolate Cupcakes

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One of the first recipes I bookmarked when I got hold of The Big Book of Baking,this one is a very simple recipe.What I liked most about the recipe is the quantity of the ingredients,almost half of regular cupcakes and it yields 8 big Cupcakes[since I have a 9 hole Cupcake tray,I adjusted a bit here and there to get 9].


Many of my readers expressed concern over uncooked batter when I posted the Molten Lava Cake,though personally I have no problems in baking/eating it,I was amused because many people felt that way.This recipe uses chocolate pieces as the molten centers and it creates a gooey center and there's no question of uncooked batter too.
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Having baked a 'cooked' MLC sometime back,I was wary of over baking the cupcake and kept a close tab on it while it baked.While the recipe says 190C,I went with 180C which is the temperature I bake my cupcakes in.The centers were not 'cooked',but the chocolate was not gooey either.I had to Microwave the cupcake[after it baked] for 15 seconds and then the chocolate slowly started melting.But I didn't have to do it after all coz the cupcakes disappeared as soon as they came out of the oven!

Molten Center Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from The Big Book of Baking


Ingredients


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Butter - 55 gms
Castor Sugar - 55 gms
Flour - 85 gms
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
Egg - 1
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Milk - 1-2  tbsp
Chocolate - 100 gms,chopped into small cubes
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Method

Preheat oven to 190C.Line a cupcake tray with paper cups or use a silicon muffin pan.
Sift together flour,baking powder and cocoa powder.Keep aside.


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Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Mix in egg and vanilla,beat for one more minute.
Sift in the dry ingredients and beat until the last trace of flour disappears.If the batter seems too stiff,add milk to 'loosen' the batter.The final batter should be of dropping consistency.


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Pour half of the batter into the cupcake molds.Make an indentation with the back of a spoon and place the chopped chocolate on top.Pour the other half of the remaining batter and cover the chocolate.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or till the cupcakes have risen and firm on top.
Let it cool for 2-3 minutes,then remove the cupcakes from the tray and cool on a wire rack.
Dust with icing sugar on top and serve.

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Notes
  • As I mentioned earlier,the centers were not so molten,so you can try baking it at a higher temperature for a gooey center.190C or 200C would be ideal.
  • I found the cupcakes to be a lot less sweet for my liking,nothing that a drizzle of Hershey's couldn't save,but if you are serving the cupcakes on their own,increase the sugar.I think 70 gms would be fine.
  • The original recipe calls for self rising flour,so if you have it--use it and skip the baking powder.


29 comments :

  1. maybe I should bake this one..my kid might love the surprise in the center of the cake..

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  2. Yummy and tempting molten cupcakes ... Happy to follow u...

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  3. Looks so tempting...Thanks for sharing these cutie cupcakes...

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  4. You are on a big baking spree!! I must say I am one among those folks who don't like eating uncooked batter:-(. This looks yumm!

    Frozen ganache centers worked well for me in place of the chopped chocolate.

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  5. This is in my to-do list...will make soon definitely..just love them..:)

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  6. Molten center with cupcakes sounds like a very nice idea

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  7. Dviya.. The cup cake looks delicious.. I loved your MLC too.. waiting to try it soon.. I love the gooey chocolate pouring out in the pic :)

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  8. Yummy cup cake,love the idea to keep choc chunks in the center, bet it would have tasted great!

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  9. The choco oozing out of the cake is a vision and sounds and looks so sinful

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  10. Wow, loved this version of cup cake. Bookmarked this.

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  11. Yumm..Molten lava cakes are my favourite..Melted Choc in the centre is like uber-perfect !!! Drroooolll..

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  12. Those cupcakes are seriously killing me, very prefect for me..yumm!

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    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-recipe-and-chocolate.html

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  14. wow, simply divine and a perfect bite, i mean portion wise.

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  15. How Yummy Divya! The perfect surprise inside a cupcake! I stuffed chocolate into a cookie and also had to either eat them straight out of the oven, or melt it in the microwave. Same with Nutella, which also hardens slightly. Yummy still!

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  16. looks sooooooo tempting and delicious...

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  17. Lovely... Aparna mentioned that using ganache in the centre would be better as the chocolate pieces don't melt inside.

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  18. Gorgeous and yummy looking cupcakes..

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  19. Lovely cupcakes..will try it sometime, I remember seeing Aparna's ganche center idea. I too am a little hesitant about the uncooked stuff as the eggs may be raw and hence there could be ecoli issues. I will try with ganache.

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  20. The first pic just tempts the hell out of someone who's trying to go easy on sinful treats such as these!

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  21. am absolutely delighted seeing all the step by step pics..awesome!!

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  22. Lovely cupcakes, Divya. Nice to see the step by step illustration!

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  23. Lovely cup cakes... I am sure my little one will love this! Is this from the same book you send me?

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  24. Awesome, awesome!Lovely collages, droolicious molten cakes! The uncooked batter thing is new to me, though it gets partially baked as its passed thru oven, anyhow..v hv no issues in eating theseeee! Yum yum..must try!! Tks for sharing, n ur blog's shining gal!! Too good!!!

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  25. Hi Divya,

    Made these cupcakes and they turned out yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I had to add more amount of milk than mentioned in the recipe as my batter was stiff. Outcome, however was impressive. I have posted it on my blog. Do check out.

    http://amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com/2011/08/molten-center-chocolate-cupcakes.html

    Regards,
    Seema
    amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com
    seemabbas.blogspot.com

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  26. WoW! that was absolutely looks very delicious.. gonna try this one.

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  27. pls give me d measurement in cups as i'm finding it diff in gms. It luks perfect n wanna try it

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