Best Chocolate Oat Cupcakes

Chocolate Oat Cupcakes

If you call these a muffin, and focus on the oat flakes you could even consider this a breakfast item ….but I don’t know if you’d get away with that in my house.  Putting oat flakes into these chocolate muffins may make them a healthier snack, but they are still a treat!

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats (not rolled oats)
  • 1 3/4 cup very hot strong coffee (use decaf if you like)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten and best at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 TBSP real cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (mini ones melt best, but if you like a bit of a chunk of chocolate in there use the larger ones)

Preheat oven to 350.  Line muffin tins and set aside.

In a bowl, combine quick oats with VERY hot coffee.  Stir well and set aside, covering to keep warm.

In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt cocoa powder and cinnamon.

In stand mixer cream butter with both sugars, using paddle attachment.  Beat until light and creamy.  Add vanilla and eggs.  Mix well.

Add dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Add hot oat/coffee mixture and chocolate chips, mixing it in by hand.  If you used mini chocolate chips and your oat mixture was warm enough they will melt, however if you used larger ones you will still have mini bits which I thought was perfect …

Spoon (or use ice cream scoop) mixture into paper liners, filling about 2/3-3/4 full.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, just until an inserted toothpick comes out almost clean.

Allow to cool in muffin tins.

These are great with pretty much any topping, or even left alone.  Today I made them with a raspberry buttercream icing and they were a real hit.

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce

Sometimes an old fashioned, tried and true ginger cake is so comforting you wonder how it hasn’t been made for a while! Moist and delicious this is the perfect recipe, topped with Lemon Sauce and a bit of whipped cream to create an amazing bite.

Made for Auntie Brigette's 88's birthday dinner, this moist delicious ginger cake was delicious - thanks Vivi!

Made for Auntie Brigette’s 88’s birthday dinner, this moist delicious ginger cake was delicious – thanks Vivi!

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 tsp baking soda (YES – again)
3/4 cup boiling water
1 egg, beaten

Cream together butter and sugar.
In separate bowl mix spices, salt, baking powder and flour
Beat first baking soda into molasses until foamy and add to butter mixture
Add the second 1/4 tsp of baking soda to the boiling water and stir well
Add baking soda mixture alternately with flour mixture to butter/molasses mixture
Fold in beaten egg – the mixture will be thin

Pour into greased and floured loaf pan or 8 inch round pan.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

When out of oven dust with icing sugar

LEMON SAUCE

1 lemon, grated rind and juice
1 1/4 cups boiling water
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
2 tbsp butter

Add lemon rind to boiling water, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. In a small bowl mix cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add water gradually – stirring constantly.

Return to saucepan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes until thickened. Lower heat and cook 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and butter. Serve warm over ginger cake.