Posts Tagged chocolate

my first cupcake order

I haven’t really comprehend the situation. Doesn’t really matter that it’s a done deal, and the cupcakes are probably ingested by now.

I still can’t get over the fact that someone actually wanted to pay for my cupcakes.

Huda, my sweet colleague-cum-friend, placed an order for a couple of celebratory anniversary cupcakes. She wasn’t to be aware of my disgraceful out-of-oven success rate, or (if edible) how terribly ugly my naked cupcakes are. I’d gladly whip up some chocolate cupcakes for her for free (because she’s totally sweet), but she insisted on paying for them. So well, that basically meant that I’ve got to keep my fingers crossed.

It’s rather stressful to step up from *edible to *delectable given my history of inconsistencies when it comes to baking.

Huda's anniversary cupcakes

Hershey’s ‘Perfectly Chocolate’ Chocolate Cake


  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup milk
  9. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  10. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup boiling water

Makes approx 30 cupcakes.


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Whisk all dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except water) and whisk well for approx 2 min with a mixer (medium speed).
  4. Stir in boiling water. Batter will be thin.
  5. Divide batter into prepared muffin pans and bake at 180C for 20 min.

Hershey’s ‘Perfectly Chocolate’ Chocolate Frosting


  1. 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  2. 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  3. 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/3 cup milk
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Makes 2 cups frosting


  1. Melt butter.
  2. Stir in cocoa.
  3. Whisk in powdered sugar and milk alternately, beating to desired consistency. Add more milk if required.
  4. Stir in vanilla.

*I added 1 tsp of instant coffee powder to the milk. I suppose that makes it mocha instead.

I adore the above recipe. That’s the 2nd chocolate recipe I’ve tried for Huda’s anniversary cupcakes. It’s such a breeze to put-together and wash up after. The 1st batch (from ‘Easy Cupcakes’) wasn’t too great but I think it’s me rather than the recipe.

So, happy anniversary!

There’s something so contagiously blissful about people in love.


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cupcakes and life

You can never have too many cupcakes in life. Life, with all it’s ups and downs, calls for a serving of cupcakes. These simple endearing treats complete every celebration, with enough calories to soothe all your worries and more than adequate endorphins to ward off depression.

birthday cupcakes

All I’m saying is: I baked cupcakes last Saturday. Just because.

Just because it’s mummy’s birthday and I wanted to tell her that I’m thankful for her, and sorry for being such a disappointing idiot at times. Because I’m done with TOEFL and that calls for a celebration, although I could have done better if I wasn’t such a procrastinator (hindsight is such a pain). Because Sunday marks the end of Chinese New Year (which makes it convenient to pawn off goodies), and because life has rendered me a little lost.

birthday cupcakes

Chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting. Simple treats resulting from a whole lot of ‘just because-s’. Recipe courtesy of Karen.

These cupcakes are not overly sweet, just buttery, dense and well, egg-y. Moist? Yeah.

Chocolate ChipĀ  (butter) Cupcakes


  1. 200g butter
  2. 200g white sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 tsp (teaspoon) pure vanilla extract
  5. 200g self-raising flour
  6. approx 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

(Makes 10 regular-sized cupcakes)


  1. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  2. Beat in eggs, on at a time. Continue whisking with mixer until incorporated.
  3. Add vanilla extract to mixture.
  4. Fold in flour.
  5. Add chocolate chips. Fold in gently.
  6. Divide batter equally into prepared muffin/cupcake cases.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

birthday cupcakes

Love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.

– Randall G Leighton

Chocolate Frosting


  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 2/3 cup cocoa
  3. 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/3 cup milk
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

(makes approx 2cups)


  1. Melt butter.
  2. Stir in Cocoa.
  3. Beat in sugar in batches, alternating with milk.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Continue beating to desired consistency. Add more milk if required.

(recipe from the Leslie Sarna)

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