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chocolate cupcakes and two years of blogging

We feel extremely happy to announce that Saffronstreaks is celebrating two golden years of food and travel blogging, come and join the cupcake party !! Yes, my first ever cupcake ! just fresh from the oven !!

They are sweet, they are pretty, they are cute and adorable. They come in all the vibrant colors one can think of, in all the flavors, with personalized messages, they spread cheer and joy to the gloomiest of the soul and can bring a smile to anyone’s face. They are cupcakes, sweet little pretty cups of sinful indulgence with fairy tale charms, wins every heart, invokes desire, tickles the taste buds, inspires many a crumbs-to-riches stories , and has an International Day of Importance named after them. They announces the birth, celebrate the weddings, raise the curtains on many ceremonies and for every special moments comes custom-made.”

This is an excerpt from one of my food story on cupcake where the battle between the cupcakes and my sweet gulabjamuns has perplexed me a lot,  you can read the full story here…mithais to cupcakes – transcending boundaries.


chocolate cupcake

This recipe of chocolate cupcake has been adapted from a book on baking…so here how it transforms from page to plate.

chocolate cupcake


Cocoa (unsweetened) : 1/4 cup
Butter : 1/2 cup softened
Eggs : 2 lightly beaten
Sugar (granulated) : 7 tbsp
Milk (optional) : 2 tbsp
All – purpose flour (pre-sifted) :  1 3/4 cup
Baking powder : 1 tsp

For Frosting : Heavy cream and little sugar

ingredients for cupcake

Instructions :

Pre -heat the oven to 350 degree F.

You can use cocoa in two ways : either you dissolve it in 1 cup of hot boiling water or you can mix it with the flour in dry state. If you are doing the former one, like me, then let it come to room temperature before using it in the recipe.

Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, add the eggs gradually one at a time and beat them well after each addition.

Mix the flour and baking powder and add little at a time into the butter-egg mixture. Fold in well till well combined. If you feel it is too tight, then you can use little milk to loosen it a bit.

Add the dissolved cocoa and combine it well.

Line a 12-hole muffin pan with individual paper cups or you can grease and flour the holes.

Divide the mixture equally between the paper cups and level the tops.

If some holes remain empty, then filled it with water, it will protect the muffin pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until well risen, and springy to touch

Transfer the cupcakes to wire rack to cool.


For cream frosting : Chill the wire whisk and the glass (or container) for 10-15 minutes and then fill the 1/4 th of it with the heavy cream, whisk it untill soft peaks and the cream should be able to hold. Fill the whipped cream in the pastry bags fitted with a rosette or flower (or any thing of your choice) tips and decorate the cupcakes. Sprinkle the chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkler over it. Chill for an hour before serving.

chocolate cupcake

Celebrating two years of blogging with a chocolate cupcake

Sending this recipe of chocolate cupcake with cream frosting to the event: bookmark tuesday

Saffronstreaks has seen many ups and downs in the last two years and finally managed to sail through the storming and turbulent waters of blogocean, and on this special occasion I would like to thank my friends, blogger freinds and my readers for making it successful, and yes … we are here to stay… for more exciting and delicious recipes, food fiction and travelogues…keep visiting us.

Enjoy your day and have fun



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  • Reply
    August 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    gorgeous pictures! those cupcakes look so tasty, thanks for the recipe 🙂

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    August 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    lovely cuppies. love the flavor.

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    August 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats on completing 2 years! Those cupcakes look to-die-for! The recipe sounds easy enough..will try it out sometime!

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    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
    August 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Gorgeous pics Sukanya and CONGRATULATIONS dear friend on flourishing for 2 years! Here’s wishing you many more 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    August 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    that looks real good n hearty..:)
    clicks are fascinating..
    Tasty Appetite

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    August 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Chocolate is a personal favorite…you decorated them so nicely. I always sift my cocoa with my dry ingredients as it seems to incorporate better. Congratulations on your long-lived blog!

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    August 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats on your two years, and fantastic photos! Very high quality.

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    August 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Chocolate is the universal way to celebrate!!

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    August 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Many many congratulations on completion of your 2nd year i blogging. Also the cupcakes look so tempting. BTW, yes I had earlier posted a Hilsa recipe which I will repost again for the event.

    Hamaree Rasoi

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    August 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Happy blog anniversary Sukanya ~ wish you many many year of success and happiness! This is such a beautiful recipe to mark your occasion. I’m soooo drooling over the pics those choco cupcakes!
    Us Masala

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    Sanjeeta kk
    August 3, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Congrats for the anniversary…the cup cakes look gorgeous!

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    Prathima Rao
    August 3, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Happy bday to saffronstreaks!!! This cupcake is so apt for this happy occasion 🙂 Brilliant clicks!! And thx for dropping by my space Prats Corner & ur lovely comments 🙂 I have actually been following ur recipes for quite sometime now & even subscribed to ur posts !! Wishing u luck for many more such milestones…caio 🙂
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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    Anita Menon
    August 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

    beautiful cupcakes. congrats. Two years is a big deal. It means you are so passionate and consistent. Not easy attributes to find these days.
    ALl my best,

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    Veena Nair
    August 3, 2011 at 12:48 am

    congrats for completing 2 years of your blog. The chocolate cup cake looks neat and those in white looks wonderful… nice photography..

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    Priya Sreeram
    August 3, 2011 at 5:01 am

    2 years of blogging your culinary & non culinary adventures is indeed a huge feat- Happy hoots and hey wishing u many more such happy moments in all your endeavours ! the very first pic has me hooked – wow !

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    August 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    very nice clicks.Congrats on the milestone. the cup cake look aweseome..

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    August 3, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Congratulations on your second anniversary and the cupcake looks yumm…

    My recent post: Easy Breezy Chicken Curry

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    August 3, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Congratulations on your two year blogoversary!
    And your cupcakes look really good.

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Congratulation for completing two yrs wish u many more milestones

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    Umm Mymoonah
    August 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, cup cakes looks perfect and yummy!
    Regarding your question about baklavas, after sometime, the top layer will start darkening and the inside may not get cooked properly. So when you soak them in syrup, you’ll be able to feel the dough texture. When you cover with foil, it stops too much browning on top, so we can cook longer and the inside also gets evenly cooked. Hope that helps, please let me know if you have any further doubts 🙂

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    delicious cake congrats on the blog anniversary

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    A huge congrats on your 2nd year anniversary! Your cupcakes are lovely and the perfect way to celebrate!

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    August 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    congrats on your 2nd year anniversary! Your cupcakes are lovely and the perfect way to celebrate…1st time here and glad to follow u…u really hav a gr8 space here…visit my site and if u like then join me at my site:- http://www.mycookingfundas.com/ or my blog:- http://mugdha-cookingfundas.blogspot.com/

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    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal
    August 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    wow, what beautiful and delicious cupcakes. Congrats on your 2nd anniversary dear. May you keep rocking like this forever 🙂

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    August 4, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Congratulation for your 2nd blog anniversary. Chocolate cupcake looks so tempting……..

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    August 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Thanx everyone for your warm wishes, and hearty welcome to the first timers, its been indeed a great pleasure to meet so many new and talented bloggers and looking forward to more such blog hops, I guess thats the lifeline of any blogs and you guys really made my day.

    Thanx once again


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    Pinks Recipe Diary
    August 8, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Lovely cupcakes and congrats for completing 2 years.

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    August 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Congratulations Sukanya! I hope you keep cooking for many more years to come and keep regaling us with these yum recipes. Nothing like chocolate, by the way, to celebrate the occasion. 😀

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    Sara Ebrahim
    December 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Lovely pic and recipe. Looking so yummy.

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