Little did I know that I would fall in love with cooking after I fell for Mr.Polka Puffs! It all happened a little too fast (no complaints there😀)
But my experience with cooking was very limited when we first got married. I didn’t even know how to make a nice, round, soft Roti/ Fulkas (Indian flatbread)…let alone a proper meal (I know, I was too pampered by mom and my elder sisters) Well , that’s a shame coz every Indian girl is supposed to know that, right? But I didn’t. I had a hard time managing cooking but I was hellbent that wouldn’t hire a cook to help me out, I wanted to do it on my own.
Days turned into weeks and weeks into months!! I had pulled it off!🙌🙌 💃 I managed to make full Indian meal in less than 3months into our marriage…(desserts included 👆) Mr. PP was super happy ! And me??What more could I have asked for?!
Slowly I started to venture into unexplored territories.. Asked my mom for recipes over the phone and bought them to life. I was one happy wife!
But always wanted to bake a cake for Him… So I did. It was a basic cake and He did like it a lot… Said it was perfect for an amateur baker. I smiled , but somewhere inside me I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘amateur ‘.
I decided to perfect it, and boy I did !! 🍰
So life brings it to full circle and here I am, the ‘amateur ‘ cook /baker… With my first ever post on PolkaPuffs! It had to be a cake… But I didn’t want to do whole cake with frosting or layers just yet, so thought of sharing my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! 😋😋😋 This is the recipe which I have been using as the base for almost all my cakes /cup cakes. It’s easy n eggless. With just an addition or two of a couple of ingredients, I end up with a whole new recipe each time!
I thought with Nutella being such a rage (and a personal favourite) why not incorporate the flavours with the slightly bitter flavours of mocha and see if He likes it… Trust me when I say this, you’ll do yourself a favour when you make this! It’s yum with that rich cocoa & coffee & Nutella just melting in your mouth as you bite into it! Okay, so enough said….. Lol. Anyways, here goes the recipe…
Yield : 8-10 cupcakes
Equipments: wired cooling rack, muffin tray lined with liners, 2 mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cups /spoons.
1 cup APF (Maida)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 ts baking soda
1/4 ts salt
1 ts baking powder
2 tb instant coffee pwd
1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)
1 cup warm water
1 tb lemon juice / vinegar
1/2 ts vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella
Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.
Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.
In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).
In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee pwd with the warm water and add that too to the batter. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.
Immediately pour 2tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the centre and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.
Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170’c
Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.
Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.
Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did ❤️😀