Saturday, 3 September 2011

Chocolate Yogurt Snack Cakes


I baked these little cakes late at night, right after I came back from town and realised that I left a loaf of bread on the train. Reluctant to go to class the next day with an empty stomach, I decided to bake something for breakfast. As I only have chocolate and yogurt in the fridge, I searched for recipes online using these two keywords and I came across David Lebovitz's chocolate yogurt snack cakes which, coincidentally, is a recipe from one of his books that I read not too long ago. I tweaked the recipe slightly by reducing the amount of sugar and omitted almond extract from the batter and I also tried to make the cakes less chocolatey (or so I hope!) by adding some dried cranberries and toasted almonds.

Chocolate Yogurt Snack Cakes Recipe
Recipe adapted from The Sweet Life in Paris


Ingredients:
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces almonds, chopped and toasted
2 ounces dried cranberries


Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Line a 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners or lightly butter the pan.
2) Fit a heatproof bowl into a pan of gently simmering water, melt the chocolate with 1/4 cup of the oil. When the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, remove from heat.
3) In a medium bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup of the oil with yogurt, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
4) Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
5) Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add the yogurt mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir the mixture lightly a few times. Add the chocolate mixture and then stir until smooth.
6) Divide the mixture among the muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until they feel barely set in the middle.
7) Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

10 Comments:

Three-Cookies said...

Chocolate and yogurt is awesome, and yogurt is great in baking. Wish I had a few of these now!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great combination! Those cupcakes must be very fluffy and delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

Michelle Chin said...

this reminds me of my sister's chocolate yogurt muffins :)

edith said...

I can imagine the goodness of this combination.

Are you in Singapore or back in twn?

myfudo said...

Oh my...my kids will definitely gonna like these cakes.

daphne said...

My kind of cake! especially the use of yogurt (I'm eating some now!) and oil instead of butter. A friend is coming to visit so I'm going to make these for her this week.

Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

What a great recipe. These snack cakes look super scrumptious! I could probably eat a dozen!

Андрей said...

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Elin said...

It must nice from the photos :) chocolate and yogurt...both are great ingredients for the cupcakes :) Of course you will not go hungry to class :p I want some too...can? Have a nice week :)

TeaLady said...

NOTHING better than cuppys for breakfast. Will have to pull out that book again.