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Verses from my Kitchen: Molten Chocolate Cupcakes

March 12, 2011

Molten Chocolate Cupcakes

Each day when the sun breaks through and the temperature begins to flirt with us, we momentarily escape from winter's grasp and envision the beauty and charm that accompany spring-like weather. We head to bed at night with promise that tomorrow will be just as tantalizing and bring even more hope. That's when winter gathers all her energy and power and reminds us that we're not in charge. 

Today was one of those days. We woke up to the sounds of mother nature beating on our windows and the snow blowing fast and hard. The coffee that usually warms us from the inside out was no match for the fury outside. It was cold and blustery and everything I didn't want to face today. I felt like crawling back to bed and tucking the duvet under my feet and pulling the covers as tight as possible. 

I left the house and huddled in my car while it warmed up. As soon as the tires hit the street and the house was out of view, I started craving home. The warmth that greets me inside the door every night and the smell that escapes from the kitchen. I thought about the big, comfortable chair I live in some nights and the roar from the fireplace behind me. And I dreamt about chocolate. Hot chocolate, chocolate pudding and cupcakes. Warm, soft cupcakes.

Cold days are meant for soups and baked goods. Warm food that helps as only it knows how. It bundles us up and brings a deep, satisfying calm to the day. And as much as I love a bowl of soup, nothing beats the first bite of a moist, dense chocolate cake. Rich, fudge-like and satisfying. And these cakes unleash a warm, molten centre that escapes like lava from a volcano. 

I love everything about Molten Chocolate Cupcakes. The rich chocolate flavour, the dense sponge-like cake and the velvety smooth sauce inside. And most of all I love how it makes me feel. Slightly guilty and completely satisfied.

Completely happy.

I find a nook in the house and bring a plate, fork and a couple of these cupcakes. I sit down, dig in and let the wave of chocolate wash over me. And I escape to a moment from my past when cupcakes were my childhood weakness and it brings me back to those days when happiness was always just a cupcake away.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Molten Chocolate Cupcakes

The Goods:
  • 4 tbsp. room temp. butter
  • 1/4 c. icing sugar
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. self-rising flour
  • 1 tbsp. sweetened cocoa
  • 55 grams semisweet chocolate
  • icing sugar for dusting
  1. Fill a muffin tin with 8 paper muffin cases.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, add in the butter, baking powder, sugar, egg, flour and cocoa. Whisk with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Spoon half of the batter into the cups and make an indentation in the middle with a teaspoon or your finger. Break the chocolate up evenly and add a square inside the space. Fill with the rest of the batter on top.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the edges are baked the centre is slightly soft. Let rest for 2 minutes and sprinkle with a dusting of icing sugar. Serve.

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At March 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Rosemary said...

such a lovely way to lead up to these wonderful chocolate delights! excellent

At March 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM , Blogger Wendy Lewicki said...

Amazing photos my sweetheart!!!!!!! xo

At March 12, 2011 at 8:48 PM , OpenID notoriousexperiments said...

That looks absolutely delicious! The center of those look amazing! Yum :)

At March 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM , Blogger Katrina said...

Oh these are just splendid! And what lovely pictures!! ♥- Katrina

At March 12, 2011 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Wow, how wonderful!! Beautiful photos!

At March 12, 2011 at 11:03 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Great photos! Molten chocolate cake is so addicting. A cupcake-sized portion is better than eating a ramekin-sized portion!

At March 13, 2011 at 4:57 AM , OpenID sliceofmylyfe said...

So comforting and decandent at the same time.

We are going into Spring , here at Bahrain. But I can't think of a reason NOT to make them though it is getting warmer by the day.

Beautiful photographs...

At March 13, 2011 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Oh yummy, these look delicious. Spring is starting to flirt with us here too. It's a beautiful day today and I know I have to get out and enjoy it because we will surely have some lousy weather later!

At March 13, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks! Spring has sprung, if only for a day.

At March 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Chef Dennis said...

they look way too good!! you better put on another batch I'm coming over!!

At March 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Blogger A Thought For Food said...

Who doesn't love a molten chocolate cake... and their own individual cupcake-size one just sounds like perfection.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

At March 13, 2011 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Love that last shot with that chocolate just oozing out! Definitely going to have to try these soon!

At March 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Junglefrog said...

There are very few sweets as good (and as goodlooking) as these chocolate cupcakes! I just saw them on foodgawker and had to come and take a closer look! Love your blog!

At March 13, 2011 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Chef! You're welcome anytime.

Thanks Brian. My thoughts exactly. Bite sized are so easy to nosh on.

Thank you Peggy. I hope you like it!

Thanks so much JF. I'm glad you liked it1

At March 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM , OpenID ravienomnoms said...

Oh my goodness wow, those look so amazing! I just want to reach through my screen and grab one

At March 14, 2011 at 4:14 PM , Blogger briarrose said...

Yum...these would so make my winter blues just drift away. :)

At March 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Sara said...

I'm not a chocolate fan but I have the feeling that I could fell for these cupcakes too. The inside is so appealing!


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