Chocolate cake & cupcakes

I think I have a problem with chocolate that’s bordering on “chocolate addiction” (if such a thing even exists) …lol.

Not a day goes by when I don’t indulge in some form of chocolate. And I am sure I can eat chocolate cakes and cupcakes every single day for the rest of my life WITHOUT complaining…lol. 
 
And when I say that, I DON’T mean a single slice or one cupcake. I am talking about the WHOLE friggin pan!
A single slice or cupcake just ISN’T enough for me…heheh. I am left craving more… Is that crazy? Undecided
 
 
I am EMBARRASSED to say I have eaten the the entire batch of cupcakes all by myself on more occasions than I can remember Embarassed 

Please tell me I am not the only one who’s done this before Undecided

Maybe it’s the creamy frosting that draws me to them…
 

My sister told me if they ever make a rehab facility for “chocoholics”, she would send me there …hahah.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that such a place NEVER opens…lol. Can you imagine how bad my withdrawal symptoms would be? Sheesh!Foot in mouth

You see this little cutie? Well, it didn’t last the entire photoshoot. I ate it after taking 5 or 6 shots…lol!
It was as if it was calling my name: “Eat me Abeer! Eat me! Please eat me!” hahahha Tongue out

 
Since I have received a few requests for my chocolate cake recipe, I am going to devote this post to just thatIf you have been looking for the perfect chocolate cake recipe, then I assure you your search has come to an end!

I have tried many recipes from the web and always find myself coming back to my true and tested recipe.

Some of the recipes I tried online were not that bad but some were are SO BAD that I don’t even have the right words to describe all that “awful-ness”
Undecided
 
 
The recipe I am sharing today belongs to my mom and I swear it NEVER fails.
It’s SUPER DUPER MOIST with a very nice chocolate flavor that’s not too overwhleming, nor too subtle. It’s also NOT excessively sweet and pairs well whipping cream or buttercream icing.
 
Best of all, this recipe is so VERSATILE that you can use it to make CAKES and CUPCAKES! How cool is that?! EH?! Laughing
 

This recipe will either make 24 cupcakes or a single 8×3 round cake. 

To make this chocolate cake or if you decide to make chocolate cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:
 
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar  
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup light olive oil
2  large eggs
1 cup skim milk
1 cup water
2 tbsp vanilla extract
A pinch of cinnamon powder
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

And here are the steps:

Step 1:

In a deep bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, oil, vanilla extract, eggs, milk, cinnamon powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda and mix everything. 

Step 2:
Add hot water. I usually microwave it in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Step 3:
Mix everything until the batter is well-blended.
The batter will be very “liquidy.” 

 
Step 4:
Pour this batter into a greased/floured pan (Dimensions: 8×3).
Only fill your pan halfway and use the remaining batter for some cupcakes or another mini cake if you like.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


If you are making cupcakes, pour this batter into cupcake liners and fill them three quarters of the way. You can easily get 24 cupcakes with this recipe.

Tip
: Pour your batter into a pitcher and use that to pour batter into individual cupcake liners. I find this easier and not as messy as spooning individually.  

Bake at 350 degrees for about 17-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
DO NOT bake both the trays at once. Bake one tray of cupcakes and then bake another. Whenever I bake both the trays together, the cupcakes don’t get fully baked. Undecided

And there you have it. A great recipe for cakes and cupcakes! Smile

You may be wondering why I didn’t decorate these cakes and cupcakes heavily with fondant or icing like I normally do. I actually chose not to do that so that you can see the actual cake and cupcakes and how perfect they are. 
 

I used basic vanilla buttercream icing to make swirls on my cupcakes. You can find my buttercream icing recipe here.
I just added some yellow gel coloring to tint my icing. 

If you want to learn how to make those easy swirls, then check out my video tutorial
here. I used tip 1M.

As for the cake, I just dusted some powdered sugar on top and tossed some sprinkles to give it a pop of color.

Well my lovelies, that does it for today. Try out this recipe and let me know what you think Smile


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40 thoughts on “Chocolate cake & cupcakes

  1. Acacia

    Yum! You are not alone Abeer the chocoholic! Chocolate Cupcakes are sooo hard to resist. They look so small and innocent….but really behind their super deliciousness and perfect icing they are EVIL! Love your recipe and decorating skills :)

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  2. Abeer

    @Acacia…Glad to hear i am not alone! CupCakes truly are so innocent…hehe
    @Ann… I would have a hard time sharing…lol!
    @Belinda..I wish I had some leftover cupcakes so i can eat them for breakfast too :P

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  3. Abeer

    @Britt…hahaha. We would both be committed long-term then. lol. You really should give this recipe a shot…it’s really good :)
    @Yummychunklet…nothing beats colored frosting. I was debating between pink and yellow but yellow made me happy so I went with that ;)
    @Denise… You and me both. I can’t ever remember just eating ONE! lol
    @Kayle… Woohoo for chocolate addicts. Nice to see I am not the only person with this problem…hehe
    @Blond duck… Yes! Sprinkles make everything better and the more colorful they are, the happer I am :P

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  4. john@kitchenriffs

    Chocolate really is addictive, isn’t it? Although I don’t eat it every day, amazingly enough. Don’t worry I get plenty, and if I had these in front of me? Well, I might finish off the entire batch by myself, too. ;-) Good stuff – thanks.

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  5. Abeer

    @ Eve… "solo disappearing acts"…hahah. That’s a nice way to put it ;)
    @ John… i think i have no self-control when it comes to chocolate…*sighs*
    @ Suzie…yes! it does look like sunshine we can all use a bit of sunshine during this dreary winter…right? :)
    @ Medeja…Actually, it doesn’t taste like brownies at all. Brownies are very fudgy and dense…these cakes and cupcakes are the exact opposite. Soft and moist, slightly airy. And i think they pair very well with buttercream or jam :D
    @ Beth… Thanks. Sometimes, simplicity is best :)

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  6. Hotly Spiced

    I do love and admire your cooking skills. These cupcakes are just stunning and I just love the little sugar petals that have been scattered as a finishing touch. I’m surprised though that you can eat them – if I made something that looked this good, I’d want to admire my work for a very long time xx

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  7. Bam's Kitchen

    I am so glad you stopped by my website so that I could find yours. Amazing baked goods and so beautifully decorated. You need to come and set up a bakery in HK. Take care, BAM

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  8. Daniela

    Well I think we share a problem : I`m a chocoholic too :)
    The cupcakes look so inviting and the yellow vanilla butter cream icing makes just the perfect contrast with the chocolate. Very pretty.

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  9. Abeer

    @ Petit4chocolatier… Thanks for your sweet words. I am still working on improving my photographs so I am very flattered :)
    @ Lisa… thank you :)
    @ Yi… I am so happy to have found your blog too. i even tried your tofu tip for dinner today and it was a success…YAY! :D
    @ Hotly spiced… hahaha. I don’t have that much self control to make something pretty and just admire it. All I want to do is grab it and eat it ;)
    @ Bam… I’m glad to have found you too! Setting up a bakery sounds like a fun idea. Who knows? Maybe some day….
    @ Daniela… WOOHOO for chocoholics… I am no longer embarrassed coz it seems like I am not alone…lol :P
    @ Alyssa… I think you are being too hard on yourself… I am sure your cupcakes were very pretty :)

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  10. Abeer

    @ Ella… Surprisingly, i am not too fond of dark chocolate but any other form of chocolate and i am all in! If you are a chocoholic, i am sure you would really like these cupcakes!
    @ Asmita… Thanks hun :)

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  11. Stephanie Taveras

    This was great! Thank you so much. I made these for my co-workers and used pink for Valentine’s day and there was not one left!

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  12. Nadine Osborne

    I do believe that if there were rehab for chocaholics, no one would be out & about on their own. This cake/cupcakes looks moist & delicious. I have a similar recipe that uses coffee instead of water. Have you ever tried using coffee? I’ve bookmarked your recipe, I’ll make it soon. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Abeer

    @ Nadine… Hahah. Very true! I haven’t tried this with coffee yet but I am eager to give that a shot now… i think it will make the chocolate flavor stronger….mmmmmm!

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  14. Linda

    Abeer, I think I love you!!!! hee hee just kidding.:) but I do love your post. ALL OF THEM! I can’t wait to try some of your great ideas and recipes.

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