cakes and cookies

Mini almond and chocolate cupcake with orange frosting

August 15, 2008

Observing life through the eyes of a child particularly your own child is a glorious way to rediscover the wonders of the world .Chocolate is one of those precious treasures that captivates people and leaves them enthralled & as they melt in ones mouth unfold the incredible taste of heaven. As a child I was not so keen on munching the dark brown or white bars of chocolate but seeing my little one’s passionate and unfathomable love for chocolates ignited my taste buds. I am glad that I started loving the dark chocolates and the intense one are one of my favorite indulgences now.

Dark chocolate with more that 70 % to 80 % cocoa are rich in antioxidants and considered as a healthy treat How ever milk chocolates are often loaded with fats, sugar so if you have choice ,having a decadent piece of dark chocolate is a better choice. But moderation always is the key.

On a recent trip to Australia, my son was thrilled to see the unending aisle of supermarket shelf inundated with chocolates and he insisted that we carry a bag full of those goodies and my husband a die hard fan of chocolates voted for his suggestions.

Apart from chocolates my son has also led me to discover how magnificent these little comic characters are and how crazy they make you, that you tend to possess them in every available shape and size.

These cupcakes are a version of my chocolate sponge but I tweaked it a bit by adding almond meal that renders it a more dense and healthy bite for the little appetites. Orange is one of the best paired combinations with chocolate and imparts a distinct zing to chocolates.

Here is a simple recipe.


½ cup plain flour
½ cup almond meal
11/2 teaspoon Baking powder
2 table spoon cocoa powder
½ cup sugar
1/2 cup oil/butter
Zest of 1 orange
½ tsp orange essence
½ cup milk
2 eggs
Cream butter and sugar. Shift flour, meal and baking powder. Add egg and whisk the mixture until light and fluffy. Add the zest and essence. Gently fold the shifted flour and milk alternatively. Mix until well incorporated.
Preheat the oven 180 ‘c. Grease a muffin pan and fill them with 2/3 of the mixture and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove and cool them on racks. Meanwhile prepare the frosting. I have used a proportion of 1 tablespoon of cream to 1 ½ tablespoon of icing sugar, few drops of orange essence and a pinch of orange color.
Spread the frosting and enjoy watching the little ones gulping in no time.

Here is a wonderful website and humble attempt by a close friend Deepali to deal with various issues of raising a child. Some of the most pertaining issues of raising a child are

Have a look and see if her suggestions help. It did lot to me and also to some of our close buddies whom she selflessly guided during our stay in Beijing.

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  • Reply notyet100 August 15, 2008 at 8:56 am

    thnks alotz,..real nice links,..

  • Reply notyet100 August 15, 2008 at 8:56 am

    they looks so cute,…mmm..can i have one,..happy independence day pearl,.nd ur son has real nic collection of cars,.nd ya thnks for link too,..will add them in my my othe blog…:-)…hppy bloggin,,

  • Reply Uma August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    mmm. lovely cute muffins. Your son has a nice car collection. Just vistited Deepali’s blog. Simply fantastic. Thanks for the link.

  • Reply Namratha August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Wow Pearl, the first pic looks fa-bu-lo-us! 🙂 Hmm nice collection of cars..

  • Reply Divya Vikram August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Bit busy..So dropping by ur blog after a long time..Love the chocolatey cupcake..And nice pic pic with ur son and cars..

  • Reply Maya August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Cupcake looks really tempting and yumm..I knw wht u mean by the car collection, my son is also into cars and construction vehicles :)..

  • Reply Mansi Desai August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    that cupcake looks gorgeous! and thanks for those useful links:)

  • Reply Passionate About Baking August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I'm a HUGE dark choc fan too S, & I love these little bites. Almond seem to make them loads better! YUMYUM YUM!! Pretty pics too…how was your trip to Sydney? Meant to ask you…where can I pick up baking supplies there? May go there in November; even if I don't, hub def will. Have a great I Day!! xoxox

  • Reply bee August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    this is delicious. gosh, first the date cakes, now this. i put on weight just looking at your posts.

  • Reply ANJALI J. August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    very easy recipe.. really tempting cupcakes.

  • Reply SpicyTasty August 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Happy Independence day and the cup cake looks so lovely and yummy. car marching looks so cute and he really have a good collection of it.

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours August 17, 2008 at 5:17 am

    I left an award for u on my page Where is it in your page?

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours August 17, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Looks gr8. I love those silver balls up on the cake. Nice collection of cars

  • Reply Aparna August 17, 2008 at 5:17 am

    love the cupcake. We all love chocolate and I’ll definitely second the great orange-chocolate combination.

  • Reply Gloria (Canela) August 18, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Really love these chocolate cupcakes I will make soon. And your son’s pictures of the cars reminded me my son was little always make the same, order the cars and put in line all. !!! Lovely post, Gloria

  • Reply Priti August 18, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Looks delicious and cute…nice collection by you son

  • Reply sowmya August 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    the cupcake looks so gorgeous..havent tried frosting as yet..will do it soon..

  • Reply Lore August 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Cute-cute-cute!!! I so wish I could find almond meal here…
    Those little silevr pearls look so nice on top of your cupcakes.

  • Reply meeso August 19, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Those cupcakes not only sound good, but they are too cute!

  • Reply Suma Rajesh August 19, 2008 at 12:45 am

    woo they look amazing and cute…luv anything with chocolate

  • Reply Madhavi August 19, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Yummy yummy cupcake, very nice recipe !!!

  • Reply Shreya August 19, 2008 at 12:45 am

    looks delicious…love the prawn biriyani too…

  • Reply SweetBites August 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I love chocolates and love them better if paired with orange. Your recipe looks so good that I have to try it, come what may!

  • Reply Kevin August 26, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Those look good! Orange and chocolate is such a great combo!

  • Reply Soma November 11, 2008 at 4:59 am

    This is cool!! i love your son's engagement with the cars:-D i have 2 girls & on multiple ocassions found them sleeping with atleast 8 dolls around them..

    & my kids eat in those exact same plates, from IKEA.

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