Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One Bowl Buttermilk Cupcakes

I forgot if I mentioned this already, but for my family September is the month of birthdays. First, my grandma's, then my uncle's and then my dad's. My uncle and dad's birthdays are just one day apart and my grandma's birthday is 2 days before their birthdays. I also have quite a few friends whose birthdays also were in September. So for my grandma's birthday I baked her some brownies because I didn't have enough time to do anything really special. Then for my uncle's birthday I made these cupcakes. My dad's birthday was celebrated on my uncle's birthday and I ended baking a marble loaf cake for him a few weeks later, I'll share the recipe to that in a few days.

Back to the topic of cupcakes. I am not too confident in my ability to make cupcakes, but I wanted to try this recipe out because it seemed easy enough. I was a bit put off by one of the recent comments that said that the cupcakes turned out terribly (she subbed oil for butter though). However, I really wanted to bake something quickly before I went out to eat dinner with my extended family. On that same day I also attended a car wash fundraiser for marching band and went to Chinese school. So I quickly decided to make these and guess what, they turned out perfectly! The only thing I had to change was to bake for an extra 5 minutes. The cupcake was nice and moist, not overly so, and the chocolate taste was good. It was not a rich, decadent cupcake, but a subtle chocolate taste that you had to savor. The tops turned a bit smooth looking? They looked hard or something, kind of like a crust. If you let them sit out for a day or two, the tops of the cupcake starts to look moist and shinier. I didn't make any frosting to go with these though, I didn't have the ingredients/time.

One Bowl Buttermilk Cupcakes
Recipe from Baking Bites
Recipe from Baking Bites

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar (I might have used 3/4 cup I forgot)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature (I microwaved mine for around 10 seconds)
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
Add buttermilk, melted butter, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract. Stir until just combined.
Divide evenly into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 14-16 minutes at 350*F, or until a tester comes out clean.
Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.



  1. Ooh...I think I made this recipe once! Only I didn't have enough cocoa powder so it didn't really turn out that great =S But I'm definitely trying it again some time- these look really good! You sound so busy!!

  2. I think they look really good - especially the top! So smooth - a little powdered sugar over the top makes for a pretty presentation when you don't have the time for frosting them.

    Which I usually don't.

  3. Nice and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing :D

  4. Esther,
    You are getting better and better in your baking ! Well done and thanks for sharing such a nice buttermilk cupcakes recipe :)

  5. Von, Isn't annoying when you run out of an ingredient so that you have to try to make the best out of things? It happens to me sometimes too. I thought they needed some frosting, but thank you. :) Yea, I've been pretty busy. I can't keep myself from blog hopping or blogging when I have the time though.

    Megan, Thanks for the advice and for visiting my blog. I didn't think of using confectioner's sugar, I used to use it for the tops of my bundt cakes made from cake mix. XD That was a long time ago when I didn't really bake. Now, I still don't make bundt cakes b/c they're too rich. One day...

    Zoe, You're welcome. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

    Elin, You're so sweet, thank you for your encouragement. Thanks for following my blog too.

  6. Hi Esther,
    Your family must be very proud of u, so sweet of u to bake a cake for each one of ur family members :)

    Miss B

  7. Hi Miss B, :) They're happy that I can bake the cakes so that they don't need to buy them. It kind of saves money, depending on the ingredients used.

  8. These look amazing! I love how you can just mix it all in one bowl. Sounds easy though me actually making them is another story! Haha. Your easy chocolate cupcakes look really good too! I'm now trying to decide which one would be easier lol.

  9. Sharon, I know right? So easy to clean up, haha. Usually my cleaning up time after baking takes as long as my baking time. You'll be able to make these! I made them when I didn't know how to make cupcakes; right now I still have problems with some recipes.
    Hmmm, I think they're both really easy. I think the other ones are more moist though, but making 24 cupcakes at a time is a bit too many, unless you're having a party or something. These cupcakes here look like they have a tough and dry exterior, while the other chocolate cupcakes look softer. However, if you don't have much cocoa powder, use this recipe. Anyway, let me know how they turned out for you. :) You can do it!


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