29 September 2010

Super-quick-one-step chocolate cake/cupcake

Kids love, love this cake!!!
A one-step easy to make delicious chocolate cupcake/cake recipe. It never fails. You can top it with an icing of your choice.
Got the recipe from one of my favourite books -- 'The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook'.

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups     flour
  • 1¾ cups  sugar
  • ¾ cup     cocoa
  • 1¼ cups  milk
  • ¾ cup     butter/shortening (I use butter)
  • 03          eggs
  • 1tsp       baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp   salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp      vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp      baking powder

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place cupcake liners in 2 dozen 3-inch muffin-pan cups. Or grease and flour muffin cups. (Or two 9-inch round cake tins if you want to make a sandwich cake)
  3. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl. (sieve and add the flour and cocoa)
  4. With a mixer at medium speed, beat for a few minutes till well mixed, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  5. Spoon into liners or pan, taking care to fill each half full.
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire racks, then remove from pan and cool completely on  racks.
  8. Frost with an icing of your choice.
  9. For a cake, grease and flour two 9-inch round pans. Prepare mixture as above but pour into both pans. Bake 30-40 minutes.
  10. Sandwich the two cakes and frost with icing of your choice.
  11. Yields 2 dozen 3-inch cupcakes or two 9-inch round cakes.
Note:  I baked this as one big cake, so had to let it bake for about 45 minutes ...:)

In case you have tried this recipe I'll love to know how it turned out. 

Used this basic recipe for the one below..... gave it a simple Royal Icing topping
 

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