Monday, July 23, 2012

Chocolate Buttons Cake

My mood has been quite down since last week, I had accidentally deleted all the photos in my blog :(. I didn't know that the blog photos were sync to my mobile phone, I thought I had a back up copy so just deleted all the photos in my phone and there gone, all my photos that posted in my blog. So now, I need to reload the photos back to the blog, but worst is my hard disk ever crashed before so I do not have some (may be a lot) of my baked photos. Seeing I am so upset, my department gals even bought me some sweet treats to cheer me up, thanks gals for your nice gesture and it helps to brighten a little bit of my bad day. Haiz... I do not know I will need to take how long to do the recovery work since I have very limited leisure time due to my little kicker. I am still feeling so upset now....

Well back to my today post, this was baked during June school holiday when dear daughter requested for it. Whenever she has a lot of free time at home, she will hunt for food. I looked through my baking books to look for chocolate cake recipes as per her requested and found chocolate savarin in one of my baking book. Dear daughter pointed at the picture and said that she want that but the cake must be chocolate cake instead. I had to hunt for easy chocolate cake recipe and I found chocolate buttons which look the same as chocolate savarin so I immediately got my hands to work on it.

Anyway my bakes are not as nice and pretty as Jessie's. The cakes have a lot of holes compared to Jessie's which looks so soft and velvet :(.

I would said this cake require a lot of work cos I have only 1 donut tray that can bake 12 chocolate buttons per time which I need to bake 3 times for 29 buttons. And the thick batter also creating the difficulty of filling the donut tray using spoon, perhaps piping is more easier.

Recipe adaped from Hearty Bakes.

Ingredients: yields 29 buttons

For Cake
150g butter (softened)
135g sugar
3 eggs
200g self-raising flour
6 tbsp milk (the batter still quite dry even with 6 tbsp of milk)
55g cocoa powder

For filling
180g chocolate (melted) -- I still left quite an amount of melted chocolate, 150g should be more than enough

1. Preheat oven at 180C (I used 170C for my oven), grease the donut trays.
2. Whisk butter, sugar, eggs, milk and flour and cocoa until smooth and well-mixed.
3. Transfer batter into piping bag. Pipes batter onto donut trays till full. (I used spoon to scoope the batter into the donut tray instead)
4. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until well risen and springy to the touch. (I baked 18 mins but over baked, so 15 mins for my oven)
5. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
6. Double-boil chocolate. Pipe into the hole in each donut-shaped cakes. (I used spoon to fill)

Perhaps I had over baked the cake, the cakes were a bit hard and dry for outer layer. However the cake still  tasted not bad with the chocolate filling, at least the kids like it.


  1. Well done. Look very nice & yummy!

  2. i think your cake looks as pretty as Jess's and I hope you get your photos back, slowly but steadily!

  3. i like chocolate
    feeling this cake must delicious
    thanks for sharing

  4. If my daughter seeing this, sure will ask me to bake this for her, hehehe , have to hide from her first because I stiill have a long list to go.

  5. oh my! Love the idea! I need a donut pan!

  6. Your buttons are just as pretty and looks chocolatey. Hope you will find a way to retrieve back all your pics Jess.

  7. Somewhere in Singapore, sure, wait for my courier ok heeheehee...

  8. Sonia, ya kids will definitely love these chocolate buttons.

  9. Anh, this is a good chance to make use of the mini donut tray, I do not have much chance of uslitise it.

  10. Aw, poor Jess. Here's a hug for you...*HUGS* Nevermind about uploading the photos again. Spend more time with your boy and baking. Hahaha... those not so important stuff can wait. As long as there is recipe, the post is there, who cares? ;)
    Hmm...this is interesting. Bite size chocolate cake. Yummy!

  11. Awwww....Jess, so sorry to hear that. I hope you are able to fix your photo problem soon. So sweet of your colleagues to cheer you up. Love your beautiful mini chocolate cake. Hope you have lots of wonderful time with our kids. They grow up really fast!

  12. They look great! Very light looking!
    Small cakes do cook quicker and it is easy to over bake and dry them out - I've done that before - but if the kids didn't notice - that's all that matters :)

  13. Thanks Jane. I hate seeing recipe without pix so I cannot allow my blog will be the same lol. Will do it during some lunch time so won't affect my time with my little kicker.

  14. Thanks Mary, yes I m very fortunate to have such darling colleagues.

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  16. sorry to hear about the photos problem. That's really frustrating ..i think i will need to chk mine carefully too when i want to delete any photos. I'm also not good in all these things. Like your choc buttons too, they are cute!

  17. Thanks Patrick for the invitation.

  18. Lena, do a backup always then you will have worries free :D.

  19. Earlier this year my computer crashed and I lost many, many of my baking photos, among other important things. It was a real bummer, but thankfully I've learned my lesson about backing up and I've gotten past the moment. The button cakes look so good. I love that they have that chocolate in the middle!

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