Sunday, February 10, 2013

1 Minute Flourless Chocolate Cupcake

1 Minute Flourless Chocolate Cupcake ~ Guest Post by Ditch the Wheat

Please welcome Carol from Ditch the Wheat today! Carol writes a great blog about living a gluten free and low carb lifestyle. From a breakfast of Banana Waffles to a dinner with Rosemary Peppery Pork Tenderloin Carol has delicious recipes that are both healthy and easy to prepare. Over the summer it seems like time flies by even faster than usual so I am very grateful to Carol for making time to share one of her low carb desserts with Oh Cake readers while Thom and I are thick in the midst of buying our first home. The best part? It's ready in one minute! But I'll let Carol tell you all about it...

I would like to thank Jessica for letting me guest post on Oh Cake.  Most of all I am thankful for her starting The Food Bloggers Network.  This is where I “met” Jessica and have come to regard her as one of my blogger friends and mentors.  I love The Food Bloggers Network for the wealth of information that it provides.  I feel my blog, Ditch The Wheat, has benefited from it. 

Now onto the best part!  What can a food blog that is devoted to low carb, gluten free recipes bring to Oh Cake readers?  Well, a delicious, 4 ingredient low carb, gluten free cupcake of course.  I wanted to provide you with something that did not require any special ingredients or skills.  The cupcake will probably be the fastest cupcake you have ever made.  Drum roll….. 1 minute to bake.  Best of all if you love to bake you probably have the ingredients in your pantry right now.  Let’s get started making what I call the 1 Minute Flourless Chocolate Cupcake.

You need:
    •    1 egg
    •    2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
    •    1 tbsp of preferred sweetener *I used raw honey, but if you are not used to making anything low carb you might prefer to start with 2-3 tablespoons of your preferred sweetener .
    •    1/4 tsp of baking soda
    •    In a bowl mix together the egg, cocoa powder, and sweetener.  Lastly add the baking soda and mix.
    •    Pour the batter into microwavable silicone cupcake liners, or 1 medium bowl (to make a small cake), or 3 small bowls (to make it cupcake size), people often use a coffee mug too.  I found that one batch made 3 cupcakes.  *If you are using bowls or a coffee mug you should lightly grease the inside with butter, coconut oil, or your preferred cooking fat.
    •    Microwave all three cupcakes at once for 1 minute or until baked.  *Note, the batter will rise very high at first and then deflate as it is finished baking.
    •    Test the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle.  If the toothpick comes out clean it is finished, if not microwave for a few more seconds.
    •    Eat!

For a topping I chopped up strawberries.  You could use whipped cream, or drizzle a simple icing/syrup over the cupcakes (Little Debbie Cupcake style), the choices are endless.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted by: Maggie

Things have been kind of cupcake heavy around here lately. Last month we had Annie's homemade funfetti, and my pumpkin spice cupcakes for two. A couple weeks ago, Annie shared some deeeelicious looking peanut butter cupcakes that had me wishing I lived up in NJ, just so I could try one. 

Hopefully you guys are cool with the cupcake excess. I figure as long as we're bombarding you with sweets, and not like...liver, or haggis you'll keep coming back.

I made these cupcakes earlier this month for my dad's birthday, and we were both in agreement that they're mighty tasty! They're a dark chocolate cake, filled with a bittersweet chocolate ganache, and topped with a chocolate sour cream frosting. They're intensely rich, but not excessively sweet thanks to the use of bittersweet chocolate, and dark, dutch-processed cocoa powder.

I hope all of our U.S. readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow with your friends and families! Don't forget to enter our Anthropologie apron giveaway if you haven't already. The winner will be randomly selected next week!

For the cupcakes (yields 13-14)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream

For the ganache filling:

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

For the frosting:

(if you don't like a 1:1 cupcake to frosting ratio like me, cut this recipe in half!)

14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted after measuring
6 tablespoons dutch-processed cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons full-fat sour cream

To make the cupcakes, adjust the oven rack to the lower middle position, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if using a non-stick cupcake tin.) Line 14 cupcake wells with paper liners. Important note: obviously this recipe makes too much batter for one cupcake pan. I do not recommend baking the extra cupcake pan containing two liners at the same time as the full pan. The cupcakes will bake unevenly.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, chocolate, and cocoa. Microwave on 50% power for 30-second increments, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Set aside to cool until slightly warm to the touch.

In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder to combine.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer on low speed. Add in sugar, vanilla, and salt, and beat until fully incorporated. Add cooled chocolate mixture, and beat until combined. Pour about one-third of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Beat until just combined, and then mix in the sour cream. Add in the remaining flour mixture, and beat on low speed until just combined. The batter will be thick and mousse-like.

Divide the batter evenly among cupcake tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake!

Cool cupcakes completely before filling with ganache and frosting.

To make the ganache, combine the chocolate and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on full power in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir, and continue heating at 15 second increments until fully melted. Remove from the microwave, and transfer to freezer. Allow the mixture to chill for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes to promote even cooling. When the mixture has cooled and thickened, and is no longer runny, fill the cupcakes.

To fill the cupcakes, remove the core using one of the many handy cupcake coring doodads on the market these days (I got one at Target for about $6,) or just use a knife. Or an apple corer, whatever strikes your fancy. Fill the hole in the cooled cupcakes with the ganache, and set aside while you make the frosting.

To make the frosting, add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on 50% power for 30 second increments, stirring after each increment until chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool until barely warm. (This is important - if you add it to the other ingredients when it's too warm it will melt the butter and ruin your frosting!)

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Beat in the cooled, melted chocolate, and lastly, the sour cream. Continue beating on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined. Use immediately, and refrigerate any leftover

Princess, Piglet & Bow Cupcake Goodiebag for Rara's Bday

Princess, Piglet & Bow Cupcake Goodiebag for Rara's Bday

Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne Cupcakes

Happy New Year! (And one year anniversary of my blog!)

I was on call at the hospital on New Year's Eve this year, but still wanted to be able to celebrate the New Year with some bubbly. I knew cupcakes would be a great way to incorporate champagne since we couldn't actually enjoy the real thing at the hospital (Although Trader Joe's sparkling cranberry juice was a tasty substitute!) Plus, there was a generous pour left in the bottle for my husband & I to enjoy when I was finished baking the cupcakes.

CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES (From Sprinkle Bakes)
Makes approximately 18 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup champagne, prosecco or your choice of sparkling wine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together champagne and sour cream (mixture will fizz and bubble a little).

Add flour and champagne mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Batter will be thick.

Fill cupcake papers with 1/4 cup level measures of batter. Bake for 17-22 minutes.


1 cup plus 1 tbsp. champagne or prosecco
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3-4 cups confectioners' sugar

Place 1 cup of champagne in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream softened butter and powdered sugar together. Once the frosting is thick and fluffy, pour in the reduced 2 tbsp. champagne plus 1 tbsp. champagne from the bottle and mix well.

Frost & decorate cupcakes as desired. (I thought the sugar pearls were reminiscent of the bubbles in champagne).


Gorgeous Snowflake Cupcakes by Glorious Treats!

{Cupcake Monday} Gorgeous Snowflake Cupcakes by Glorious Treats!

Could these cupcakes be any prettier?! Seriously!
I "met" Glory of Glorious Treats last year around this time when I was looking for inspiration for my best friend's daughter's Snowflake Party! I asked Glory permission to use the photo below in my inspiration board! Glory is such a talented baker and now party/baking blogger! I was so excited to see her new PINK snowflake cupcakes featured as part of her Vintage Pastel Dessert Table on Hostess with the Mostess last week, that I had to share with you today!

Not only does Glory bake up beautiful delights, but she also shares instructions, recipes and tips on how to make them yourself!
For more details, visit these posts by Glory:
Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos with us, Glory!
I'm sure they taste as good as they look!
Happy Cupcake Monday, readers!

Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Posted by: Maggie

I kind of wish I never made this recipe...

Now that I know how easy it is to make two perfect little cupcakes, I'm concerned that I'll do it way too often. Since there is no waiting for the butter to soften, these cakes were mixed up and baked in a matter of 20 minutes. Amazing. And addicting.

I topped these with cream cheese frosting since I had a little bit of cream cheese leftover from the blueberry lemon cheesecake bars, but you can use whatever you want. Even canned frosting...your secret is safe with me!

Here's what you'll need:

For the cupcakes...

1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line your muffin tin with two liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg white and sugar until thoroughly combined. Whisk in butter and vanilla until fully incorporated. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir until completely incorporated. Stir in milk.

Divide the batter between the two liners, and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until cake is set. (Note: The original recipe said to bake for 10-12 minutes, but mine took 16. You may want to keep an eye on things starting around 10 minutes just in case my oven was running cool or something.)

Let cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

2 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/4 block)
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until fully incorporated and creamy. Color with gel food color if desired.