I know, there is too much chocolate around today, but a few more won’t hurt , I guess. I haven’t been able to get into one shop or on any site on the net, or the radio or the television, without being reminded that it’s Valentines day today. Even the daughter asked me yesterday if ”you and daddy are going to do the Valentine thing, exchange presents etc”. Dinesh overheard and we both couldn’t stop smiling and almost said in unison, ”every day is a Valentine’s day for us”, we don’t need a rose or chocolate to prove it. Please do not get me wrong, I have nothing against the day as such, but I do not like the idea of someone else dictating the norm for showing my love for the dear person in my life.
I don’t need to be wooed with jewellery or chocolates or roses; especially on a day when one is expected to. After all, where is the surprise in that? And why the pressure? Every time,Dinesh brings something with love, and yes, that does, at times include chocolate and roses, but, that may be on a day when I least expect it, making it even more special. When I make a special meal which he is really fond of, the way his eyes light up, and the way he smiles at me, well, isn’t that love? When he says he’s busy to pick me up from somewhere , but there he is, waiting right there, at the right time, with a cheeky grin…I’m sure you get the drift! Yes we celebrate love too, but in our own special way
So, why am I making these oh so decadent chocolate cupcakes? Well, because I wanted to. The fact that it happened to be on Valentines day is just a co incidence; and no, the chocolates on top were not given to each other, but by a friend who had come to visit us yesterday. I also had some buttercream which was left over from an order, which I wanted to use up. And the kids have been asking for some chocolate cupcakes for a long time as well. And after all it’s chocolate, and I can never say ‘no’ to chocolate, and a chance to bake, so there you go. Valentines day or not, if you love chocolate , you will love these cupcakes too. And they are so easy to make, which is an added bonus. Even if you have never baked before, you can never really go wrong with these cupcakes, unless, of course you’ve forgotten to add the baking powder or the oil or the sugar or…
3 tblsp of milk
4 tblsp of dark muscovado sugar
1/4 c + 1 tblsp whole wheat flour (atta)
5 tblsp sunflower/vegetable oil
3 tsp cocoa powderm
1/2 tsp baking powder
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg c and line a muffin tray ( makes 4 large muffin sized cupcakes)
- Add all the ingredients into a bowl.
- With an electric beater, beat the ingredients, till everything is mixed well (about 20-30 seconds on medium speed).
- Divide the batter ( it will be quite thin, but not to worry) among the 4 cases.
- Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted through the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Cool the cupcakes on in the tray for a minute and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in air tight containers, if using later.
- Decorate the top as desired (buttercream, whipped cream, ganache…), or just leave it plain.
now, go on and scoff yourself with one!