Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Toblerone cupcakes

My husband is such a sucker for anything chocolate, it makes me sick. He wont buy anything other than chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake, dark chocolate bars and even chocolate biscuits (????!!!). I on the other hand is slowly getting sick of chocolate. I mean I can have the occasional bite of a dark chocolate bar, but nothing more than that. In fact I'm thinking its a good thing and trying to appreciate it. There used to be a point in time where I had to have a bar of chocolate or something chocolatey after a meal, but now I detest the thought of it. I cant really explain where, when or why I started hating chocolate so much, but I sure seem to be OK with it, considering I have moved on to greener (no not the healthy green) pastures and have replaced my after meal chocolate bars with a nice big bite of the red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting or the date and walnut cake or the plain vanilla cakes (which I'm a sucker for). You see, I have replaced it with something more calorious (I just made up that word).

Ro, although he eats all the useless (exactly his words) desserts I make or buy, says he's being unfaithful to his first love (oh I'm waaaaay below in line, in case you were wondering). A loving wife who's born to make the husband happy will only make chocolate desserts henceforth, but me, as you all might already know, is not that wife and so haven't really made a chocolate cake in like FOREVER. I think my last chocolate cake was this one almost a year back and my last something chocolatey were the Nigella bars which I kinda liked because it had all those crunchy stuff in it and was not that chocolatey.
Ro's been nagging me to make chocolate cakes for so long, but it falls on deaf ears. But a couple of days ago, we decided to go for a walk through the English countryside and since the initial plan was to pack a picnic lunch I decided to bake some cupcakes. Was scouting around for recipes and I stumbled upon this beautiful blog What Katie Ate and the Toblerone muffins caught my eye. Now if there is one chocolate I don't mind once in a while, its Toblerone...the original that too. So I decided to give it a go and I admit I was excited at having baked a choc-something, but it didn't last that long....I screwed it up royally.

I have no idea why, but all the cakes Ive baked recently have been disastrous. This one was sooo easy to follow, but I managed to ruin it. I don't know where I went wrong, but it was dry and the only part that was worth eating was the Toblerone spotted areas. Even Ro, the chocolate addict, was like 'hmm its a bit too dry." I was disappointed and had to chuck the plan of taking it to the picnic. Instead I piled it into an air tight container and kept it thinking Ro might eat it anyway, after all its chocolate.
A couple of days later, it still was there untouched and I was just about to throw it when I decided to take a few pics anyway..and blog it because the recipe is such an easy-to-follow but unique one that I had to keep it...just in case I decide to try it another day. I would like to blame the cocoa powder used, for the colour and for not getting the double choc effect. Next time I'm definitely buying Dutch processed cocoa powder even if its gonna cost an arm and a leg. Considering that I don't use it on a regular basis, I think its alright. So this recipe is not one of my successful ones, but if any one out there decides to try it out, do let me know how it turned out so I can take notes and correct my mistakes.

Recipe halved from here
Plain flour- 1 1/2 cups
Cocoa powder- 1 1/2 tbsp
Baking powder- 1/2 tbsp
Brown sugar- 3/4 cups
Butter- 63 grams, melted and cooled
Milk- 3/4 cup
Egg- 1
Toblerone chocolate- 1/2 cup, roughly chopped
Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Mix well.
Add the brown sugar and stir well, making sure there are no lumps.
Whisk the egg lightly and add to the melted butter along with milk. Mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the flour-cocoa mix, tip in the chopped chocolate and mix them all together until no traces of flour is seen.
Transfer into cupcake/ muffin cases till 3/4th full and bake in an oven pre heated at 160C for about 16 to 20 minutes.
Cool on a rack and when ready to serve, heat it for a lil while in the microwave, so the chocolate melts a bit (optional).
Notes: I used Cadbury cocoa and probably that's why the colour is not that strong. Use Dutch processed as the original recipe says.
I made cupcakes and so the cooking time was a little less.

37 comments:

Priti said...

Looks so perfect n yum ..

revathi said...

Looks perfect though!!!! would like to try this one as it is indeed simple... Kudos to your honesty:)
Reva

schmetterlingwords said...

Those muffins look pretty though!! Sad that they were not perfect... :-( Ya ya, sometimes such things happen... But, dont lose heart.. try another choco recipe next time and I wish that be a great success!! :-))

Suja said...

Looks delicious dear,soft and moist.

Nandini said...

These cupcakes look so wonderful! I'd love to have them!

Biny Anoop said...

adipoli cupcakes....i love chocolates in any form but in m oderation...am a big fan of toblerone as well....hey the gan prawn curry looking fab...i think i missed that post.....i have the main and dessert of my choice....burp...oops sorry

divya said...

Wowwwwwwwww.. looks absolutely perfect and tempting.. thanks for the recipe :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Loved your honesty...Cake looks gud...better luck next time...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Toblerone and cupcakes...super yum they look

Satrupa said...

ha ha ...... lovely write up :) The cupcakes look cute.

Vimitha Anand said...

Cake looks good dear... Cute little cuppies...

Sunitha said...

Is chocolate a thing with guys?! Believe it or not my husband loves chocolate too and just like you said Ro buy everything chocolate so does my husband. Interesting!

Love the pictures and recipe!

Home of Cupcakes said...

lovely ... it really looks perfect...!!!

Hari Chandana said...

looks so cute and delicious... thanks for sharing dear !!
Indian Cuisine

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, they look so cute and chocolatee :)

Priya said...

Very addictive cupcakes, i'll devour it in no time,yumm..

Swathi said...

I too not much fan of chocolate cakes, love milk chocolate nothing else. You are right, Dutch process cocoa is need to make more tastier and chocolatey. cupcakes looks good though.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

fun read! They don't that dry though! when i have failed baking day, I crumble the cake, added some rum or brandy or cointreau (+orange zest) tad bit of milk make balls, dip in choc.... heaven! trust me :) btw i adore what katie ate her pic are solar! i keep staring at it for hours face palm!

Turmericnspice said...

looks AWESOME!!!!

Gulmohar said...

Love Toblerone and love What Katie ate..such a beautiful blog,rt? This would have been a perfect treat to your chocolate loving hubby

Indie.Tea said...

I too am a little tired of chocolate. But most are like your husband, and seem to love it.
The cupcakes look and sound delicious...and the photographs are lovely.

Asha said...

Thanks for giving this recipe... Fantastic idea... We are also Toblerone fans...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Nisha,
What's still on my try-list is the one that I have been telling you about. First time it was a hit and second time, tried making it in a cake pan and it got ruined. I have been telling hubby to get me some dates but he is procrastinating...

But i am definitely not trying this recipe cause like you, I am not feeling the love for this one. Poor Ro..Make him happy..Go bake a chocolate cake dear!

Sobha Shyam said...

Looks awesome..wonderful clicks..love the great recipes at your space..glad to follow u...do drop at my space as time permits :)

Nitha said...

toblerone is my fav too.. same as with any chocolates.. :)

Sarah said...

Each one a beauty!

Sushma Mallya said...

My son would absolutely love these he simply adores chocolates :)

Padhu said...

I love your honesty and I am a big fan of your write up.

Treat and Trick said...

Looks yummy and chocolaty! Great clicks too...

http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

Hamaree Rasoi said...

they don't look dry to me dear...and being a chocolate lover i can never say no to these cupcakes. As usual your photography is superb!!

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Kairali sisters said...

wow, toblerone is my fav and this is such a treat Nisha!

Plateful said...

I am more the chocolate fan when compared to my hubby. Though of late I've kind of weaned off this indulgence (and thank god!). Kids on the other hand are suckers for anything chocolaty!! Hey I'm surprised those cupcakes don't taste as good as it looks..! Goes to prove how good a photographer you are :)

kitchenmorph said...

i dunno wht went wrong with these cupcakes...will it be a misnomer if i say they look delicious ;p

good that Roshan has choc love and not something exotic...choc recipes are endless!

Delph said...

wouaouh!! Gorgeous photos and what delicious cupcakes!
Delphine

Sarah Naveen said...

Gal, beautiful clicks... Nice and cute cup cakes..

Sunshine And Smile said...

Had fun reading your post ..did LOL in between too!! hubby is a super chocolate fan but me. absolutely not!
I am not sure if hubby with like this recipe but the pics looks super tempting ! :)
www.sunshineandsmile.com

Shabs.. said...

Wonderful pics...:)...I loved them.....Want to ask you where you got the wooden try in the drink picture you just posted?...I have been searching for that for long!!!cudnt find it anywhere....i love those pics as well.....sooooooooooooooooo good!