Friday, February 13, 2009

Chocolate Sour Cream CupCakes

Cupcakes/cup cakes are actually smaller or mini cakes or rather dessert cakes.They are sometimes confused with Muffins.Muffins are quickbread or yeastless bread made in smaller portions.Muffins are generally categorised as breakfast/snack food wheareas cupcakes are for dessert.Some people say that the difference between them is based on frosting as cupcakes are frosted,while muffins are not.But this is untrue.Basically,smaller cakes baked in muffin pans are cupcakes.they can be frosted or not,made in grased or lined muffin tins.Also the cupcake batter can be beaten well at high speed several times unlike muffins where the dry items are just stirred to combine.Also as per DianasDesserts,though both may have the same ingredients,the ratio of ingredients also makes them different.As for the timing of eating them,I do not mind cupcake for breakfast or anytime especially if they are chocolate.

These are chocolate sourcream cupcakes I found in the Taste of Home website.This time again experimentations rules the forte.I never thought I would be experimenting too much,when I went for my title. I did not have any chocolate .So I thought of using cocoa powder mixed with melted butter,but look what there was just 1 tbsp of cocoa.Now,I am never a person to give up -so I used Nestle Hot cocoa mix to make my chocolate.They turned out perfect I must add.

Ingredients:
Unsalted Butter: 2 tbsp

Unsweetened Chocolate: 2 oz or
OR
6 tbsp cocoa/cocoa mix whisked in 2 tbsp of unsalted and melted butter.

All PurposeFlour: 1 cup
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp

Sugar: 1 cup
SourCream: 6tbsp
Water: 1/2 cup + 2tbsp extra
Egg: 1
OR
EnerG egg: 1
(prepared by blending 1.5 tsp of EnerG powder with 2 tbsp of warm water)

Frosting:(optional)
IcingSugar

Preparation:
Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave for a few seconds and whisk well.Keep aside and let it cool.If you are using cocoa/cocoa mix like me,then melt 4 tbsp of butter (2 +1+1 tbsp where 2 tbsp butter is used in the recipe and remaining 2 tbsp for making chocolate)and then whisk in cocoa powder to obtain a creamy smooth mixture.To obtain 1 oz of baking chocolate,the ratio is 1 tbsp of butter/oil/shortening and 3 tbsp of cocoa.Melt butter and whisk in cocoa till smooth.Cocoa mix has sugar in it and so the mixture resembles semi sweetened chocolate.If ypu are using chocolate itself simply melt butter(2 tbsp) and chocolate in the microwave

In a small bowl,whisk together flour and baking soda.In a big bowl,beat together sugar,sourcream,water,vanilla and egg/Ener G egg.If using enerG egg,make sure you add 2 tbsp of more water to the batter.Then add in the flour mixture.Beat well to incorporate flour.Here it is better you beat it in clockwise direction as it makes the cake look airy and light.I got this tip thanks to Cham when she made her Vanilla cake and it worked for me.Add the chocolate mixture and beat well for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the batter into lined muffin cups and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until a tester/toothpick inserted at the centre comes clean.Cool for 10 minutes and then remove the cupcakes from the pan to the wire rack to allow them to cool completely.

You can frost them or leave as such.I just sprinkled icing sugar on top of few.They were spongy and moist and perfectly sweet.This again is my entry to Egg Replacement Event:Egg Replacer Powder.Thanks Again Madhuram.

On a different Note:

First A Joyous Note: Dear PG of MyKitchenStories has passed the refreshing Lemonade Award.Also other esteemed blogger Ramya of RamyasKitchenCorner has also awarded me the same.I have been honoured earlier with the same award from dear friends Priya and Sunanda as well.You can see the award in the side bar.HEARTY THANKS to all the four esteemed and refreshing bloggers for thinking of me for passing it on.I would love to pass it to all the delicious bloggers who visit me and take time to comment on my dishes.I want to name all of you girls,but time constraints limit me.

Then a ShortBreak: This could be my last post from New Jersey,USA.I am returning to Bangalore,India this weekend and rest of the blogging will be from there after a very short break.I still have drafts in my folder and events to take part so I may schedule some before leaving though I am not sure I will be able to visit all the yummy and delicious blogs for atleast few days.Please bear with me and thanks for all your support.

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