My Mom was a terrific cook and baker, and I learned so much from her. I have so many memories of cooking with her, from learning to make bread and buns, roll cabbage rolls, pack pickle jars, and shell peas for freezing to baking cookies and cupcakes. She did so much to provide healthy delicious foods for her family. Food was love for the family.
She loved to bake chocolate cupcakes, and this was one of the first recipes she taught me. We didn’t have a stand mixer but used a hand held mixer over a bowl. I remember one day we were making cupcakes together and I got to hold the hand mixer. I was doing fine so she momentarily left the room. The mixer slipped out of my hand! It kept spinning out of control, splattering chocolate cupcake batter all over me, the floor, the kitchen table, the chairs, and even the ceiling. The mixer came to life and kept hopping around. It was like a comic strip unfolding in our kitchen. It was hilarious and fun and we both laughed and laughed.
I still make this recipe today for my own kids. We haven’t had the mishaps I experienced but have had lots of fun, especially in the decorating department. My kids came up with adding a mix of white, milk and dark chocolate chips on top. They look so tempting. The cupcakes are delicious, rich and chocolatey. The recipe makes a great birthday cake or mini cupcakes for parties or picnics.
First cooking memories is the September theme with The Recipe Redux. I can’t wait to read all the stories! The link is at the bottom of this post. These early experiences we have in the kitchen shape our futures even though we don’t realize it at the time. I look forward to creating lots of fun kitchen memories with my kids. Remembering my own makes it even more important to be sure to have lots with my kids. I want them to realize one day that my cooking and baking was love too.
Mom’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Makes 12 large cupcakes
1 2/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare cupcake pan with liners. Mix flour, soda and salt together well and set aside. In a mixer beat eggs, oil, buttermilk, cocoa, brown sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for approx 25 minutes. Check them with a toothpick to see it they are done (a crumb or two on the toothpick is perfect). This recipe works well as a 9 inch cake pan or as mini cupcakes as well. Adjust your cooking time accordingly. They freeze well so can be made ahead.