Devil’s Food Cupcakes


This is a favourite in any house with kids! After my savoury muffins yesterday, there was a collective call for sweet muffins, as they should be, they declared!! 🙂 So, here goes. This is a recipe from Martha Stewart and she has come interesting other recipes as well! And it is quite amazing to see the different areas she has business in! Pretty impressive!

3/4 cup – cocoa powder

3/4 cup – hot water

Mix the two and make sure the water is only hot, not boiling hot. Keep aside.

3 cups – flour

1 tsp – baking soda

1 tsp – baking powder

1 1/4 tsp – salt

Sift the dry ingredients together and keep aside.

1 1/2 cups – butter, room temp

2 1/4 cup – castor sugar

Put butter and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat till butter melts. This is a bit tricky as I thought I had to melt the sugar also. So, let the butter melt and take off heat. Keep stirring and pour into your mixing bowl.

4 – eggs

1 tbsp + 1 tsp – vanilla

1 cup – sour cream, room temp  (I used thick yoghurt)

With a hand blender, beat the butter + sugar well till it cools down a bit.  Into the butter + sugar mix, add the eggs (one at a time preferably or at one go like I do!!) and beat well. Add vanilla and the cocoa paste in and beat well.

Add the flour and sour cream alternately and fold in.

Spoon into muffin cups and bake at 350 F (176 C) for 20 minutes.

TIP – It pays to invest in some handy bakeware. I invested in silicone muffin cups and they are just fantastic! They are reusable and very easy to maintain and clean. There is a range of bakeware in silicone now and some of them are quite useful.


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