Something Sweet For Diwali: Brownie Cupcakes

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It’s Diwali! The festival of lights ๐Ÿ™‚

Perhaps this is not the most traditional of Diwali sweets, but hey- you know how much I love anything chocolate. I took my fail-safe brownie recipe, added a tweak and some coffee, and poured everything into cupcake moulds.

So you get something that’s a little more festive than brownie squares.

BROWNIE CUPCAKES (Tweaked with help from Nigella.)


  • 4 eggs
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 3/4 cups castor sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 grams milk chocolate cut into pieces
  • 10 ml boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee powder.


  • Preheatย oven to 180C
  • Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and keep aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the coffee powder and boiling water till coffee dissolves; then add the chocolate so that it just melts and you get a thick chocolatey sauce. Add a little more water if you need to.
  • In a saucepan with high sides, melt the butter over gentle heat. Once the butter is melted, add in the sugar and stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated.
  • Next, add in all the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. You will get a soft crumbly chocolate mixture; and it may not be completely well blended at this stage, but you need to pull it off the heat. Allow mixture to cool a little.
  • Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract into the saucepan, followed by the coffee-chocolate liquid.
  • Pour the batter into the cupcake tin and bake at 180C for 30-40 mins. Here again, your cupcakes should look dry and set on top but still be a little moist and soft within.

These are quick to make and you certainly won’t disappoint anyone!

Happy Diwali everyone!

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As you can see, I decided to stop being such a Nigella hater and bought her book. And I stacked my cupcake on top of hers. (Now that sounds like something she would say on air, right? Stacking her cupcakes.)


6 thoughts on “Something Sweet For Diwali: Brownie Cupcakes

  1. Certainly makes for a great picture….your cupcakes stacked atop Nigella’s book I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ And they do look delicious and festive.
    Belated Diwali wishes Meenakshi. Hope you had a blast.

  2. hahaha! that does sound exactly like something nigella would say! These sound amazing! Everyone has cupcake recipes today! I want cupcakes! Happy Diwali ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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