Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine’s day – Part 2

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Although you can buy practically everything from the supermarket its always nice to have some personal touch to the food we cook or share. They don't have to be perfect and that’s the beauty of it.

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I have got these beautiful bars of chocolate from Sainsbury, you can eat them just like that or you can use for your baking. I did. I noticed I don’t have any cupcake recipes here. Its Valentines day, another excuse to have chocolates and cakes. Not that I would like to bake a huge cake but a small one just for two of us or some cup cakes which we can finish in one go.

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I had some beautiful little chocolate truffles which I thought I could use for decorating these chocolate muffins as my dear husband is not very fond of creamy icing.  After all, I was making these muffins for him only. BTW guess what I got in return, a trip to SFO and LA. Isn’t that great! Well it's our milestone anniversary weekend as well!

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As usual I am referring to Nigella’s recipe. As you know if it involves chocolate and indulgence but is quick and easy, it has to be Nigella. For these little chocolate cupcakes I used her recipe from Nigella Feasts – Comfort Food. Here is a link to the video Choc Chip muffin.

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For the cupcakes:

First the list of dry ingredients:

100 gm of dark chocolate (melted)

1/4 th cup of dark chocolate chip (recipe suggested 3/4th cup but as I used 100 gm of dark chocolate so I reduced the chocolate chip amount )

1+ 3/4 th cup sugar

1 + 3/4 cup plain flour

2 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

List of wet ingredients:

1 cup of milk

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

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For the icing:

100 gm dark chocolate

100 gm white chocolate

100 gm melted butter

2 tbsp cherry Liquor (for the dark chocolate icing)

Sainsbury’s TTD Chocolate truffles

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Method:

Pre heat the oven to 400 degree F. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and keep it aside. In a separate bowl add one by one all the wet ingredients and whisk it together so that the egg is mixed well. Now add the mixed wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix it well. Place the muffin cups on the baking tray and scope the cake mix in them. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes.

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For the icing melt the dark and white chocolates separately and add 50 gm of butter to each of the melting chocolate. keep stirring and then finally add the cherry liquor to the dark chocolate for little extra flavouring.Once the muffins are cooled down I put the icing on them and decorated them with the chocolate truffles.

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I am sending this as an entry to Maison Cupcake’s event Forever Nigella #2 “Seduced by Chocolate”

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22 comments:

  1. wouldn't be valentine's day without chocolate !

    Love the last drizzly cupcake photo :-)

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  2. The chocolates are tempting me to the core :) yummmy cake and nice decoration. I would love it this way too :)

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  3. Those chocolates makes me drool...lovely cupcakes.

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  4. Awesome Dear! ur blog is really a gr8 inspiration for me...yummy chocolaty


    PremalathaAravindhan,
    www.premascook.com

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  5. These are so pretty! Having a chocolate on top of a cupcake is double the treat. Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella!

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  6. Oops I nearly missed something then - your husband is taking you to LA because you made him cupcakes? I wish that would work for me!!!

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  7. @ Sarah! LOL! Yes but there is another reason for him to taking me to LA! It's our 5th anniversary!

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  8. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments :)

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  9. I feel like having them straight out of the photos! Beautiful creations and wonderful photos...match made in heaven!

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  10. Beautiful photos. Looks absolutely tempting.

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  11. wow Sanchita the cupcakes look great, I must try your recipe

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  12. Lovely blog , stunning pics and fantastic creations!

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  13. Yummy Food! Stylish blog

    I am passing on an award to you! do visit my blog for further details :)

    Sneha

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  14. Congratulations on your anniversary - you certainly love chocolate.

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  15. Your cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. Awesome post and sinful. Can't resist.

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  17. This is an excellent space...your pics make me drool...following you...

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