Chocolate Cup Cake Baked in a Cup

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on February 20, 2009

 

chocolate cake in a cup

I just may have created the world’s most expensive cupcakes. Thanks to UPS. Let me explain…

My sister moves a lot for her job. And every time she moves, it’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to send her something homemade and chocolaty. She is moving this week and I sent her mini chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting.

Did I mention my sister lives in England?? It cost me nearly a week’s worth of groceries to send these cupcakes to England! But I suppose you can’t put a price on these things. Besides, the Ina Garten recipe I used for these cupcakes was just perfect. This is a chocolate cake recipe and worked very well for making cup cakes.I didn’t use the butter cream frosting that came with the cake recipe. Instead I made a simple chocolate ganache (recipe below).

I had some left over batter, so I poured the batter into a big oven proof coffee mug and baked it right in the mug….this one is very literally a cup cake. It’s a lot of fun to eat out of the mug.

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How to bake cup cakes in a coffee mug or cup

Make a batch of your favorite cake batter. I recommend Ina Garten’s chocolate cake recipe.

Start with clean coffee mugs. Make very sure that the coffee mugs are oven proof. Butter the inside of the mugs and lightly dust with flour. Alternatively, spray the inside of the mugs with non stick spray.

Pour the cake batter only half way up the mug.

Bake in a 350F oven.

Baking times will vary depending on the size of the mug you use. When the cake is done, the batter would have risen, and your kitchen will smell like cake. At this point insert a tooth pick into the cup cake. If its done, the tooth pick will come out clean. Make sure you dont over bake and dry out your cup cake. I used a fairly large mug and it took 25 minutes.

To serve, dust some powdered sugar on top or top the cake with chocolate ganache (recipe below). Serve with fresh berries of your choice.

Notes: Use the best cocoa powder you can afford. Try adding some kahlua or rum to the cake batter for a more intense flavor.

Microwave Method

I attempted a batch in the microwave. I used the same method above and microwaved the batter in the mug for about 3 minutes. It works. But the oven method tastes better and has better texture.

chocolate cup cakes baked in a cup

Chocolate Ganache
Makes enough to frost 2, 8 inch round cakes or about 60 mini cupcakes1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream

 

Bring the cream to a simmer in a pan on low heat. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until melted. Turn off heat. Spread immediately on top of the cooled cake.

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1 Asha February 20, 2009 at 9:22 pm

LOVE Ina Garten’s recipes. So authentic and works every time without any fancy catch phrase used! :D

Love the chocolate cake in cups, individual serving at best. Enjoy it and the weekend too! :)

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2 Priya February 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm

WOwow wat a lovely chocolate cup cake..yummy, send me some:d

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3 Cham February 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm

OH my God did u parcel this cup cake to UK ! Gal Ur sis is simply lucky! That is a gorgeous color contrast I ve seen!

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4 Varsha Vipins February 20, 2009 at 11:44 pm

I really regret missing ur blog till now..Am stumped by the pics here.Abs fab!!.n what lovely dishes..Oh..Cool blog Veggie belly..me too love the ganache frosting so much..just had it yday..:)

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5 Esi February 20, 2009 at 11:52 pm

I have had chocolate cake on the brain lately! Every recipe I see for it looks so good, including this one.

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6 Indhu February 21, 2009 at 12:20 am

awesome cake… I really like the idea of baking in a cup.. like you said, it must be nice to eat cake from a cup :)

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7 Mahimaa's kitchen February 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

what a beautiful picture… am in love with it.

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8 thecleanveggie February 21, 2009 at 1:02 am

you read my sweet tooth :)
looks amazing!

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9 Sara February 21, 2009 at 1:16 am

This looks amazing, I love the unique presentation too!

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10 Dana Treat February 21, 2009 at 1:18 am

What a great idea! So, does this mean that you get to go visit your sister??

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11 Pavithra Kodical February 21, 2009 at 1:34 am

Cake in a cup!!Lovely idea..Yummy and delicious cake..

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12 Hayley February 21, 2009 at 2:57 am

Your pictures just get better and better. These cupcakes are so clever! I can’t wait to pick up some oven-proof mugs and give this a shot. Thanks for sharing!

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13 Chris February 21, 2009 at 3:24 am

I’m sure your sister adored the thoughtfulness and deliciousness of your cupcakes :) You are certainly a great sister to have!

I have just the cup for these. And one can make this in the microwave, you say? I might just have to take you up on that offer :D

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14 Vij February 21, 2009 at 4:04 am

I am drooling over the pic Sala. Awesome one!

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15 The Food Hunter February 21, 2009 at 6:02 am

Great looking cup cake.

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16 Jennifer February 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

So simple yet gorgeous!!!!!

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17 Laavanya February 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm

That was really sweet of you… am sure R really appreciates the gesture, and probably moves often everytime she’s craving something chocolatey :D

I think baking them in cups makes for an awesome presentation and I’m game for anything with ganache.

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18 Veggie Wedgie February 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm

this is so much fun!!

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19 Red Chillies February 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I just sat there staring at the first picture for 5 minutes. What a beautiful picture. Great photogrpahy and awesome recipe.

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20 Superchef February 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm

cup cake in a cup!! how good can that be!! :) looks divine!! glad to have found your blog..love it here and im gonna follow it..

do visit mine! :)

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21 n33ma February 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Pics are simply beautiful..I have tries the MW version will surly try the oven one too.

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22 Blaveta February 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

This cupcake looks absolutely amazing – really pretty and inventive too! I always love your photographs. Makes me want to spend more time in my kitchen ;)

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23 Soma February 22, 2009 at 2:11 am

What a wonderful idea! This is cupcake in the true sense:-) Just LOVE your pictures. Everyone of them.

ur sis is one lucky gal!

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24 vidhas February 22, 2009 at 4:45 am

Wow!! Your sis is lucky to have a sis like you. Wonderful pictures. mouthwatering shall i have a piece. Kindly collect your award.

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25 Grace February 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm

sensational. so dark, so moist, so smooth, and hey–you’re saving the world one wrapper-less cupcake at a time. :)

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26 DEESHA February 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

wow .. looks soo awesome … I loved the pic

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27 Marc @ NoRecipes February 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Wow, you’re a great sister! I wish my sister would express mail me cupcakes:-) Nice idea taking the name quite literally. I used to make microwave chocolate cakes all the time when I lived in the dorms in college. The trick with the microwave is to undercook it so it has a cake layer and a chocolate goo layer underneath.

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28 Rachel Cotterill February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm

This inspired me to make chocolate cake today! A big one, rather than little ones, but the idea was there :) We had it with raspberries, cherries, and hot chocolate sauce. Gorgeous!

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29 Vishali February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm

wow what a nice chocolate cup cake and very innovative idea of baking it in a cup :) ….u have a wonderful blog with amazing pictures…

can u plz tell me which camera do u use?

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30 Yasmeen February 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Cute idea,love those raspberries too.Must say you are a very thoughtful sis:)

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31 Sophie February 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Your sister will love these, they came out beautiful!

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32 Sandie February 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Gorgeous raspberries and chocolate! Have you ever seen a combination more divine? So mouthwatering…

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33 TBC February 24, 2009 at 4:55 am

I used to find Ina Garten really annoying in the beginning. I’ve begun liking her and her recipes.:D
What a lovely idea to use a cup to make a single serving!

I’ve tried using the MW to make a cake once… it was just o.k… the oven baked ones are far superior and the taste (of the MW’d ones)is just not the same.

Have I told you lately how much I *love* your pictures? :)

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34 Vibaas February 24, 2009 at 5:23 am

that looks sooo yummy. wish i could have it now ;-)

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35 DK February 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I have made these two..they are like bowl of heaven!! aaahh! I made mine using a ramekin though…Lov the pic. :) As fo the query here is my answer :

sala : I use glass jars which I got from Dollar store for a dollar(duh!) as seen in the photo

oh yes you can reuse the old jars. I bought mine god knows when and I have been using it again and again and again…make sure to do the specified canning process and u r good to go one any jars..I havent tried with plastic though…so am not sure how it works..Have always used glass jars.

Yeah..we dont add preservatives as such right, so its better if you refriegerate them. I just read somewhere that preparing Jams this way can increase the shelf to to 12 months!!!!!! although its safe to consume it within 6 months :)

I know its a bit long – Hope this helps. :)

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36 Olga February 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm

You sister is one lucky girl! The photos are so very pretty: how creative.

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37 Gayathri February 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I am really happy to invite you to participate in the contest that is getting launced on Feb 20 2009 – check out this link for details – http://justurs.blogspot.com/2009/02/magnificent-click-contest-2009.html contest.

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38 lisaiscooking February 24, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Shipping is definitely the most difficult part of sending food as a gift. The cup cake in a cup looks fantastic!

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39 Elra February 25, 2009 at 12:35 am

Most delicious and luxurious chocolate cupcake indeed.
Cheers,
Elra

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40 Bharti February 25, 2009 at 3:56 am

Abs. adorable.

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41 Maya February 25, 2009 at 4:22 am

Wow, that pic is stunning! Cake looks fabulous and so well presented!

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42 Big Boys Oven February 25, 2009 at 11:04 am

just amazingly gorgeous just like the baker herself!

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43 Mari at Once Upon a Plate February 26, 2009 at 7:51 am

Sala, I love your blog. It’s all so lovely, cheerful and bright!

How lucky your sister is. :)

Those cupcakes have me drooling!

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44 Maryann February 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Wow! Will you be MY sister? ;)

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45 Usha February 26, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Awesome looking cake :-)

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46 Vandana Rajesh February 27, 2009 at 3:46 am

The chocolate cup cake looks lovely. The pics are so beautiful that I am tempted to take a bite right now.

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47 Sia February 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

simply gorgeous!

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48 A_and_N February 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I envy your sister for receiving something chocolaty frequently :) Lovely post and the cup-cake looks gorgeous!

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49 Gretchen February 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

wait….you sent cupcakes to the UK?! OMG! You are such a darling! I’m curious to know they reached in good condition? Did they retain their shape?

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50 veggie belly February 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I thought you guys might like an update on the cupcakes (since they generated so much interest and so many emails!).

I packed the cupcakes tightly together in a big godiva chocolate box. My sister says they reached in perfect condition and tasted great.

She invited friends over and had a cup cake party the day they arrived :)

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51 Nithya Praveen March 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I love Ina’s show.Each and every recipe of hers is so perfect and authentic.Loved the cakes in the cups,perfect for winter:)

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52 Vidhya March 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm

love the photos..Cupcake looks sooo appetizing. Your photos remind me of some of the food pics on food network. Great job

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53 Muskaan July 15, 2009 at 6:32 am

Cup cake looks so inviting & yummy, wish I was your sister….

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