Friday, December 14, 2012

Frosted Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes

Pardon the super glaring photos today. Think i have pressed some 'wrong' buttons on my camera while trying to fix the glare while shooting. I've painted the photo blue hoping to reduce the glare. Sorry if these bring pain to your eyes!

Even though these photos might be painful to look at, the chocolate cupcakes here are definately not painful to eat LOL!.well, .i dont mean that they are spectacular but they are good considering not much of an effort to make these cupcakes, they are tender and light too. Instead of making some cream cheese icing for frosting in the original recipe,i made a simple buttercream icing. I didnt want to get a block of cream cheese just to make this frosting. You know, many times i was not able to finish the whole block of cream cheese on time and the remaining block will turn moldy even before expires. Has anyone of you tried freezing cream cheese before? Can it be freezed?

Recipe ( from )
95gm cake flour/all purpose flour
110gm sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8tsp salt
6tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably dutch processed ( i got no dutch processed)
45gm melted butter
6 tbsps buttermilk
1 large egg
1 large egg white

1.Preheat oven to 350F/177C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
2.With an electric mixer, combine cocoa and 3tbsps ( or 4 tbsps) hot water till thick paste forms( this process intensifies the chocolate flavour ). Add melted butter, buttermilk, egg and egg whites and beat until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until combined.
3.Spoon batter into prepared cupliners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcake turns out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool down completely. Decorate if you wish.

I'm linking this post to Cook Like A Star ( Martha Stewart ) hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids along with Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Riceball from Riceball Eats
Recipe Box hosted by Chaya of BizzyBakes
Food on Friday by Carole's Chatter


  1. These cupcakes must be delicious as it looks....why shouldnt it be as you made it from Martha. I loves all her recipes.

  2. No, your photos are not painful to look at, only painful because I can't eat one right now! They look wonderful Lena!

  3. Haha! Not painful to the eyes! But painful that I can't take a bite!! Btw, you can't freeze cream cheese, I was told by the bakery supply owner, since she keeps stock, I trust her on that. :)) have a lovely weekend ya!!

  4. Hi Lena,
    Your cupcake looks delicious and the photo is lovely! Yes, I can understand about the cream cheese. I actually froze about 125gm of leftover cream cheese, which I have not used yet. No idea whether it works, but I thought of using it for a bread which I plan to make, so maybe it is OK for bread than for cake! Will let you know after my "experiment" :)

  5. The picture is not glaring, it is "inviting!"

  6. Lena...your picture looks great :) mmmmm drooling niah :p Btw just to let you know there is a free magazine subscription giveaways contest . Do drop by and try your luck...who knows you may be one of the lucky 5 :)

  7. Lena, where got glaring? The photos are beautifully bright and cheery, so apt for such cheerful looking cupcakes. I hv never tried buttermilk before, heard so much about it making the texture soft and light, must try this, seems easy enuf for me heehee

  8. Oh, one more question, but totally on photography :p how do you chance the background to blue? U use picasa or other software? I cant seem to do it.

  9. Hi Lena! I think your photo is beautiful. I have always loved buttermilk cupcakes, they're always so springy and soft in texture! Yours look really delicious!

  10. Love how light and fluffy these chocolate muffins are. I have frozen cream cheese before and i will just defrost before eating. But I have never used frozen cream cheese to make frosting. I do think it will be fine though.

  11. Lena, not glaring at all! The photo has a nice soothing soft tone. Love the cupcakes! Somehow cupcakes even with simple frosting is always so appealing :)

  12. Chocolate cakes are always a pain to shoot!
    It looks fine to me :)

  13. chocolate cupcakes + cream = perfect and yum yum..My mata tak sakit tengok gambar itu, hehehe..

  14. Make extra and send them over then you don't have to keep the cream cheese i did store leftover cream cheese frosting in the fridge for max 2 weeks and it still tastes as good. I never tried freezing it. Maybe can keep a small amount in the freezer and see how long it can keep. When you try it out, tell me ah..hahhahhaa btw..I bought 16 cookbooks from BBW and planning to go again..woo hoo.. FYI Nigella books going for RM30 and Jamie Oliver from RM30 and RM20 too. So? wanna come?? wink wink

  15. mel: so far i'm happy with the two recipes that i made from MS site

    chris: oh, thank you!

    bee: thank you for the cream cheese info. Actually i've checked the internet before, it says that the texture will never be the same anymore. so not sure about this.

    joyce: yeah, let me know! thnks!

    claire: thank you!

    elin: thanks for letting me know. i ll be chking on that very soon!

    esther: yeah, so far the cakes that i've baked with buttermilk yield very nice texture, soft and tender. as for the photo, i'm using can chk under 'vignette'..where you can find to soften, boost..etc ..the picture.

    jasline: thank you, jasline. Yeah, i'm quite comfortable with buttermilk in cakes:)

    mich: thanks very much for the info on the cream cheese.

    phong hong: betulkah? it's actually very glaring before i edited the photo, you might probably need to wear sunglasses..hohoho!

    wendy: these are the ones that i told you earlier that the photos came out so glaring..that's why i need to colour the edges.

    chris: thank you!

    sonia: hehehe...i sudah buat warna biru..that's why la mata kurang sakit! LOL!

  16. Yum yum chocolate cupcakes!!! Looks so moist. I want some

  17. Hi there. Food on Friday: Muffins and Cupcakes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please check out some of the great links there are already. Cheers

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  18. Not even a little bit painful. :D

  19. Mmmm....beautiful picture! NO, I don't feel the glare cos I am concentrating very hard on the cupcakes and drooling....haha. Now I miss the cream cheese frosting :D Having said that, I seldom use cheese in my baking even though there are lots of cheese here and they do come in small packs. I just enjoy when others make.....hehe

  20. Lena , if only we can freeze cream cheese :P :D I just let mine get moldy in the fridge ! lol Nobody's minding the glare as we love your chocolate cupcakes so much ;D

  21. I think your photos look great! Here's to more "mistakes" ;) Very moist looking cupcakes.

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  23. Bright? not at all! I love the contrast.

    The cakes looks very moist and who can stop at one??

  24. lena these look really delicious!

  25. Very tempting looking cupcakes. I'd love to have it for my self :)

  26. Hi Lena,

    I have not freeze my cream cheese before and not too sure if the cream cheese will remain good after thawing. If I know that I have use small amount of cream cheese, I would buy the smaller packs. They are more expensive but save the wastage...

    I'm sure that if my boy sees your cupcakes, he will tell me that he wants to bake these too.


  27. I really wondered how you managed to bake so much and finish all your bakes...I have to stop myself from baking otherwise my fridge is going to be full of baked goods lol! These look really tempting!

  28. Lena, these sound good. I must try and find some buttermilk to experiment with. have a good week.

  29. The photos look fine to me. You did a great job by fixing it. I did it most of the time especially during poor weather which is hard to get a perfect shoot most of the time. :o)

  30. This cup cakes look so fluffy and moist. I must start my baking soon.

  31. Lena,
    These frosted chocolate cupcakes looks simple and nice. Cream cheese frosting, love it!!

    Between, Cream cheese cannot be freeze because the fat in the cream cheese will crystalize and will spoil the texture of the cream cheese. After freeze the cream cheese will not be smooth and texture will become like small curd cottage cheese.

    1. Oops! Sorry mistaken. It is the liquid contenting milk and fat not only fat..heehee

  32. Hehehe...the cuppies will be painful to work off especially when I know I will gorge myself silly eating them.

    Yes I do freeze my cream cheese in an air tight container:D

  33. Hi Lena, nice chocolate cuppies. The texture look so moist. I usually buy the small packing 8oz cream cheese and finish it in one recipe. Cream cheese cannot be freeze, it'll spoil the creamy texture.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

  34. Yum! Delicious cupcakes!

    Merry Christmas Lena!

  35. Hi Lena, I love fuss free recipes like this :) May I know how full should the cups be filled? 3/4 or 1/2? I had bad experience of it overflowing for another cupcake recipe, but perhaps it's because the temperature was too low... THanks for sharing! :)

  36. good morning baking scientist, you can fill it up to more than 1/2 the cup size..almost 3/4 of the cup:)