December 23rd, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing

These cupcakes are special to me not just because they are one of the simplest and best cakes I have ever made! Incredibly soft and moist and full of flavour, these have an added charm in my memory files because I had the best helper I could have ever asked for!

Last weekend, as I was wondering how to keep my little Hari occupied, I decided to make some cupcakes for him to share with his friends this festive season and he decided to stay on and help and surprisingly stayed on throughout the cake making and icing was complete, all amidst me kissing those soft curls and cheeks, amidst the technicalities and tasks of the baking!

So I had little hands putting in the ingredients into the bowl as I weighed and measured them and those same precious hands helping me stir the batter.

As the cakes rose in the oven I had a pair of jet black with a tinge of grey (we still havent figured out the exact colour!) curious eyes watching them with inquisitiveness, curiosity and wonder!

And the best part was the icing! I decided to go with a very simple glace icing and as I poured the icing into a piping bag with a tiny hole cut at the base, Hari was overcome with excitement as he wanted to make some designs over the cake.

All the ingredients used in this cake are very simple and mostly available at home. I have even used granulated sugar (an ingredient commonly available in most homes) as opposed to powdered or castor sugar in the cake. I would also like to mention that plain flour or maida is something that I use with great caution and discretion and it is not a part of my regular cooking. By following a pure vegetarian and sattvik diet, there are many commonly used ingredients that are not a part of my cooking so I try to use ingredients such as plain flour at times to demonstrate the versatility of pure vegetarian cooking. And as far as cookies, cakes and pastries are concerned something made at home with plain flour and other clean ingredients, it is any day better than store bought stuff filled with artificial colours and preservatives.

There are many recipes doing the rounds these days, made with vinegar. But, I came across cakes made with vinegar more than a decade ago when I was still studying in college. If you dont like the idea of using vinegar you might want to use lime juice instead but I find that depending on the quality and variety of the lime, the acidity varies affecting the texture at times. So, to maintain consistency and uniformity I suggest using vinegar.

This cake is as I mentioned so soft and full of flavour that it’s hard to believe that its egg free. Besides, it is also very simple to make and comes together in a few steps from simple ingredients. No egg replacer powders and other fancy ingredients and yet outstanding results.

The glace icing is one of the simplest and easiest icing you could ever make but you could also do other icings over this cake like here or here.

This recipe is a keeper and is sure to delight kids and adults alike!

 

P.S- My apologies for having taken so long to make a post. A big thank you to all those of you who wrote to me and showed concern over my health. This time I took a little longer to recuperate as I couldnt rest but now I’m back to my old ways of Ayurvedic medicine and yoga ( there’s no other way especially when living in a polluted city like Mumbai!) and hopefully my allergic rhinitis will be routed out and my sinuses will be clear and I will be back with a bang in the new year!

 

 Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing Recipe

I have used granulated sugar here. If you use castor or powdered sugar then you will have to increase the quantity by a 1/4 cup. you could also bake this as a single cake in an 8” round cake tin.

For the Cake

 Ingredients:

170 gm (1 1/4 cups) plain flour

65 gm (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar

220 gm (1 cup) granulated sugar*

125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil (preferably rice bran)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp water

 

Method:

Line a 12 numbered cupcake or muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a bowl assemble all the dry ingredients the plain flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda together and sieve together once.

Pre heat the oven to 175 C/350 F.

In another bowl put in the milk and vinegar and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Put in the granulated sugar and oil and blend with a blender until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Now put in the sieved dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients, add the additonal 2 tbsp water and blend with a blender until well mixed about 3 to 4 minutes.

With the help of an ice cream scoop or a spoon drop the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes.

 

For the Icing:

 Ingredients:

1 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar

2 tbsp hot water (or more or less)

 Method:

In a bowl put in the icing sugar. Stir in the hot water and mix with a spoon until smooth. Use more water for a thinner consistency and more sugar for a thicker consistency.

Spread the icing over the cakes with a spoon or with an icing bag (cut a tiny hole in it).

  • Using granulated sugar increases the weight of the sugar and so if you decide to use castor or powder sugar then icrease the quanity by a 1/4 cup.

 

Makes 12 cupcakes or one 8” round cake

 

 

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  1. ruchika says:

    Wow. Finally you r back with a bang.Was vry excited what you will post for christmas and see you came up with fantastic recipe. Luking so yummy and tempting.will surely try it in a day or so. Hari efforts are well showned and that so cute that he aaded his touch. Please get well soon. I’m happy as I’m the first one to write. Cheers. Merry christmas to u and your family

  2. Bhavana says:

    Hey Anu,

    Have been eagerly awaiting a new post from you…

    Since Strawberries are in season already, i had decided to put together the Strawberry Cheesecake tom for Christmas and now with this post of urs i have something more to add to my toddler’s festive menu :)

    Thanks a ton for sharing this..

    Warm Regards,
    Bhavana

  3. Simi says:

    I can imagine the cutest one, with curious eyes following your every step.
    He must have been so excited! Lovely post. Have a new muffin pan and I know just what to inaugurate it with :)

  4. You have a new post! So happy to see you again. I use a recipe like this for basic cupcakes and it really works like a charm every time :) Love the photos with your sons cute little hands.
    Hope you get well soon and looking forward to a 2013 with lots of great recipes form you.

  5. Ashwini Kumble says:

    Such cute pics of those little helper’s hands! Get well soon Anu!

  6. NishaBaidJain says:

    I,love your recipes.. Its simple and quick to make..worrying about your health, I am an ayurveda councilor from KERALA AYURVEDA, you can contact me for advice % medication ,, it wil help you definately..Feel free to call @09339703981 or email me ,, thanks,, NISHA BAID JAIN

  7. Aditya says:

    Awesome cupcakes! Feel like eating one right now!

  8. Mani says:

    Hi Anushruti, I follow your blog and its quite a good recipe so will bake tonight.. thanks for timely post..sorry to hear about yout sinuses and allergic rhinitis– I am going through same, reccomend the ayurvedic medicine to me too please, i am starting Jal Neti technic to avoid operation..but ayur veda might help too
    With relation to recipe I will like to ask what are your views on using apple cider vinegar, I have tried it with one of Sanjana Modha’s recipe http://www.foodnetwork.co.uk/recipes/chocolate-and-rose-cupcakes.html and the cup cakes really came out well. Although I did not do sme icing as i dont like that sugary stuff I instead blended it in cream and did fresh cream icing

  9. Vimala says:

    the vinegar used for cakes,is it non-fruit vinegar or what should i ask for??? eagerly waiting for ur reply to try this recipe

  10. Anushruti says:

    Thank you for your wishes!

    Ruchika: A special thank you to you for your excitement!

    Bhavana: Hope your toddler enjoys this!

    Nisha: Thanks so much for your concern and contact!

    Mani: You can use apple cider vinegar. I used the normal vinegar. I have suffered from allergic rhinitis for long but this time I got sinusitis for the first time. I’m not taking specific medicines as such just trying to rest and take steam as much as possible.

    Vimala: Just plain vinegar which is acetic acid.

  11. Leela says:

    I know how the lil helper hands make all the difference. U shud see how my aunty and uncle here are enjoying the cookies and cake i brought them all the way from mumbai! I will get back home and try this recipe with mama and then send Hari some to judge and tell me how it turned out. Maybe some day Hari and me can bake together!!!!!

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  13. Mallika says:

    Beautiful cupcakes, love the fact they are eggless and have the best texture. Cute snaps of ur son holding those cupcakes and icing them!

  14. Surabhi says:

    Hi Anushruti
    Have been trying so many eggless cake recipes in the recent past but could not get the right texture… this recipe is awesome, tried it on the New Year and the cake turned out to be perfect, its hard to believe that its eggless.

    Thanks a lot

  15. rekha says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    you haven’t mentioned when to add the milk.
    thanks

  16. Rekha says:

    My 1 cup is 240 ml
    If u could plz tell ur cup measurements

  17. arathi says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    lovely cupcakes, can i use butter in place of oil? if so what is the amount i can use?, i want to make it for my daughters school, for kids, so want to use butter for rich taste, help me please.
    take care,
    thanks

  18. Valli ranajit says:

    Hi…
    could u plz suggest some reliable brand for vinegar(white or red???) planning to introduce vinegar in baking..
    regards…Valli.

  19. Angela says:

    I tried this recipe and it was PERFECT! Thank you so much. If I used this recipe to make a round cake, what would the baking time be? Thanks again.

  20. Anushruti says:

    Surabhi: Yes..its hard to believe that its eggless! Glad you like it.

  21. Anushruti says:

    rekha: Please read the recipe carefully. It is mentioned in the beginning.

  22. Anushruti says:

    Rekha: I use a 250 ml cup it is mentioned in my measurements and conversions page.

  23. Saloni says:

    Anu!!!!!!
    I can’t believe how simple and truly divine these cupcakes are!!!
    Thought of making them on a whim,checked if I had all the ingredients and voila ready in minutes!!!
    Am super excited! Sure to get an empty tiffin box tomorrow!!!

  24. Anushruti says:

    arathi: You could use melted butter instead of the oil but oil works best for this recipe. Try using rice bran oil. And you could do a buttercream icing for that rich taste.

  25. Anushruti says:

    Angela: You can use an 8 or 9″ round pan for this and bake for 40 to 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the oven.

  26. Anushruti says:

    Saloni:Glad you made them and nice to see how excited you are! That’s the joy of baking I guess!

  27. pooja says:

    what kind of vinegar do u use for the cake?

  28. Anis says:

    This is a really should try recipe. Thanks for sharing this :-)

  29. poornima prakash says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    Thanks for the recipe..tried it just now..cameout very well..for vegans like us, perfect eggless recipes are very much required!! me n my daughter are enjoying this chocolate cake with a cup of coffee..Yahoooooooooo ;)

  30. Anu says:

    Just made this as a cake, and it is an abundantly moist, flavourful, chocolatey and fluffy delight. Mine baked in a round 9 inch cake pan perfectly in 40 mins. A little goes a long way, this cake fills you up with just a slice. But that didn’t stop me from gobbling up more! I like plain cakes and this one stands proudly adequate without any frosting. My first eggless cake too! Thanks much Anushruti!

  31. Vatsala says:

    I made a whole cake instead of cupcakes, and it was wonderful! Rich and chocolatey! I made it for Mothers’ Day, and I’m so glad it was a success! I loved watching my beloved mother and the rest of my family relishing this cake :) I have a few clarifications though… I baked in a Borosil glass dish, and the cake didn’t bake evenly. The middle was perfect, but the edges were too hard, and I had to slice them off before serving. Is this because of the dish used? Must I always use a metal tin to bake in? Please help me with this.

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  33. Anushruti says:

    Vatsala: Looks like you overbaked the cake. Its better to use a metal pan but the wont be bad even if you use a glass dish.

  34. Sivani says:

    Hi!
    I made these for a dear friend’s birthday and they were relished very much!
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe :)

  35. saumya says:

    Hi Anu! Cant wait to try this. Can I do with just muffin moulds greased n dusted since i dont have liners?

  36. Taruna says:

    Hi, made these cupcakes today….. N an other thing that I had common with you, today was… my 3 year old helper… Who was so excited to help n so thrilled to see the cupcakes as they were rising in the oven. Should say a very simple, no fuss recepie with great results. Planning to make these for my son’s 3rd birthday party next month… Instead of th store bought ones, which I had otherwise planned to. Was wondering, is there a way to make them more moist n more chocolatey … So that the kids really relish them. U also have another cake recepie of choc cake with condensed milk… I was wondering, how different would that be , in terms of results. Thanks

  37. Taruna says:

    Hi, also the chocolate cream cupcakes, how different are those again in terms of results in final taste

  38. Anushruti says:

    saumya: Yes you can!

  39. nishita gandhi says:

    hey, i’ve been asking you this again and again can you tell me the brand or something for cocoa powder? sorry to pester you again and again :P thanks :D

  40. Anushruti says:

    Nishita: Hintz or Cadbury, both available in the Indian market.

  41. nishita gandhi says:

    but the thing is i use cadbury only but i dont get that dark colour! whenever i bake the cake is always light brown nothing like the one in pictures and all! can you help me out please??

  42. Anushruti says:

    nishita: Try Hintz for the dark colour then.

  43. nishita gandhi says:

    thanks a ton! :D you’ve really helped me!

  44. Megha Tank says:

    Hi Anushruti, I am a home made baker. I tried these today and loved the results. Is there anyway in which we could make them more dense and heavier still retain the softness!

  45. sahana says:

    tried the cupcakes…came out great thanks so much!!

  46. hi these turn out more than 12 cup cakes.i have just put them in the oven hope they turn out good

  47. Anushruti says:

    Megha: The texture of this cake is meant to be soft and light. For a more dense and heavier texture try my eggless chocolate cake.

  48. nishita gandhi says:

    hi,can you suggest me a good brand of vanilla extract?! please revert! thanks :D

  49. Anushruti says:

    nishita: I don’t use any specific brand as such. At times, I even use vanilla pods. Use any good brand.

  50. Chandrika says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    I baked these chocolate cupcakes yesterday and they turned out to be fantastic !!
    Thank you so much for the recipe.
    I made some changes though.. halfway through the prep I realized i fell short of all purpose flour(I know.. my bad).. So i added whole wheat flour and 2tbps of cornflour. I also added chocolate chips to make it more exciting.

    The end result was fabulously soft cupcakes. These are so much better than the ones I made with yogurt.

    Thanks again !

  51. Smriti says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    I have made the chocolate cupcakes twice within a month and everytime it has come out just perfect!

    Super soft, perfect texture and yumm!!

    Thanks so much for this recipe!!

  52. Anushruti says:

    Smriti: My pleasure!

  53. Shivali says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    I have been a ‘silent reader’ of your blog for some time…(one of many I’m sure!) and have tried a fair few of your recipes…. Mainly baking as we are an eggless household and after a fair few tries of various recipes I have found all of yours work first time… Which for me -a novice, less than confident cook- is great!
    I needed to write today to say thank you & please keep it up! I wanted to make chocolate muffins for my in laws and chose your recipe in confidence that it would work without any trouble and I was right. I made a double batch and they were all pretty much gone in one evening (those that were left got taken to those that hadn’t come for dinner!)
    Your brownies turned out amazing a couple of weeks ago and now your basic/chocolate cake are my standard cakes for birthdays (so much so I’m now getting ‘orders’ to be nominated cake maker for any family birthdays!
    Thank you for your direction and inspiration!

  54. Anushruti says:

    Shivali: Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words. I’m so happy to read about your success with my baking recipes. All the very best to you in all your baking ventures. Look forward to hearing more fro you.

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