Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

 _MG_9894-editNearly an age old epic misconception , stating the cupcake and the muffin are the same… I was under the same delusion … until I went on to understand , if they are same then why two different names?
Reading further, wiki-ing ,finally concluded the debate to my own-self stating
Cupcakes are mini versions of cakes. Frosted and Adorned.  They are unremittingly sweet and are served during special occasions.
Muffins are a smaller portions of bread ( essentially quick bread) . They can be sweet or of the savoury type ,by and large eaten for breakfast or as an accompaniment for tea time.
If you threw a cupcake against the wall, you would hear something of a “poof!” If you threw a muffin, you would hear a “thud!”  A commenter writes on the English Forum
Time for my judgement ??? Off course the cupcake.. They are beautified with the lovely icing and that’s the icing on the cake.


Quite surprised , I have never posted a frosted cupcake recipe ever in my blog.. Well ,I go to admit ..I have tried it just once … Remembered my antic… My cup cake was baked just right.. I went on and did my icing straight away without cooling them… And… all the icing went sway…. Cant get any better …..
This is the second instant , I m on it… No room for errors… Made my cupcake the previous day and did the frosting the day after…
I chanced upon Baking Mad website , and made up mind to try their easy peesy  cupcake recipe . Think ..!! Think … !! And ultimately settled to do their frosted  Chocolate cupcake beauties. Tweeted the recipe with the available ingredients at home. Replaced Creme Fraiche for Double cream .Omitted the chocolate chips.


Recipe Adapted from Baking Mad

Sef Raising Flour200gm
Brown Sugar200gm
Cocoa Powder6Tblspn
Sunflower Oil150 ml
DOuble Cream100mll

For Icing:

Icing Sugar200gm
Softened Butter100gm
Vanilla Essence1 Tsp
Milk1 Tsp
Pink ColorA drop ( optional)


  • Pre heat oven 170 C, fan oven 150 C, 325 F, Gas Mark 3.
  • Line the muffin tray with the liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl , place the dry ingredients – Flour, Sugar & cocoa powder together. Give them a good stir. Top it up with wet ingredients one by one – OIl , cream & eggs.  Whisk them together until smooth and slightly fudgy.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cases until 3/4th .Bake for 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool on a rack before decorating.
  • For Vanilla Butter cream icing : Beat the butter using an electric whisk or a wooden spoon until soft. Gradually include the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add one teaspoon of the milk and vanilla extract  and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in a lil more milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture. Stir in food color to make your icing attractive.
  • Spoon the icing on top of your cooled cupcake or pipe the icing on the cupcakes to make them attractive.

Place the butter onto your kitchen counter atleast 30 minutes prior to start.
If its taken out from the freezer , keep it out a couple of hours and let me get to room temperature.
How do we determine if the butter is at room temperature?  When u push your finger onto the butter , it should leave an intend .. and we know its ready for use.. The butter should be soft.. neither warm nor melty..

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Comments (33)

  • cute cupcakes..looks very colourful!

  • These cupcakes look gorgeous adorned with beautiful icing. And it's so interesting to know abt diff between cupcakes and muffins..till now I thought they were same 🙂

  • Hi Sandy.
    Good explanation there on cupcake and muffin. The frosting has come out so perfect dear and pretty colour too.



  • That looks irresistible, lovely flower frosting …


  • awesome cupcakes….love the colors!

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  • Even I thought muffins and cupcakes are same,I used to think back home our cupcakes are soft and moist but here it is totally different,thanks for sharing this..
    Lovely cupcakes !! beautifuly decorated.

  • cute delicious and spongy cup cakes.

  • Yum, yum, they look great and what a beautiful presentation.

  • Elegant cupcakes,well presented..

  • super yummy, what a cute presentation!

  • That looks irresistible, lovely flower frosting …

  • Looks so pretty and delicious ….yum

  • beautiful cupcakes and i love the frosting very much.never tried cupcakes with frosting though. Urs is tempting me

  • They look extraordinarily gorgeous, lovely frosting 🙂

  • looking at those cutest of toppings, my sugar levels jumped high enough that i have noted the ingredients down and the procedure. The children in my building will have a happy trick-or-treat this Halloween!

  • Colorful n cute..looks yumm too

  • The Cupcakes luk soft and spongy.Deliciously clicked well and presented.Luv ur recipes in this yumm blog.Following U.

  • Cute cup cakes sandhya with frosting…luks yum…

  • Sandhya, Thank you for visiting my space, so i could find yours. I honestly like your space very much, not just saying it. Love the writing and your photography even more. Happy to follow you too. The decorations on these cupcakes look so perfect. Will be a regular visitor from now on.

  • First time here… your blog looks fabulous and has a wonderful collection of recipes… cup cakes look awesome… glad to follow you… do check out my blog sometime…

  • Thanks for visiting my blog ….lovely cup cakes …. love all your recipes … glad to follow you to….

  • Beautiful n delicious cupcakes.

  • Hi Sandhya,

    Thanks for visiting my space and leaving a kind comment. You have nice blog here with nice recipes.

    BTW, Cups cakes are really cute with frosting. Good explanation on cupcakes and muffins.

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  • The cup cakes looks yum yum 🙂

  • Hi sandhya, The cake is looking so delish and appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I've bookmarked this special recipe of urs and wud love to give it a shot asap. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  • beautiful & cute….& never thought of the difference between cup cakes & muffin.Thought it is same.Thanks for info…
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  • Looks delicious and love the frosting on the top:)

  • Beautiful cupcakes.

    After reading this, I wouldn't use muffins and cupcakes interchangeably.

  • This looks great! I would love if you submitted it to my Power of Pink Challenge to raise Breast Cancer Awareness.

  • Lovely, colorful and cute little cup cakes..Thanks for checking my blog and leaving a comment..

  • Lovely looking cup cakes Sandhya.


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