Saturday, July 14, 2012


Yummy Vegetarian Chocolate Muffins. Yup. That's what YVCM stands for. You know...the purrrson with the opposable thumbs was too lazy to type...but I've whipped her into shape.

More than that, she's even whipped up a yummy concoction for me to taste. I don't know how long this herbivore phase of hers will last but as long as the felines remain carnivores, am not complaining.

So, what has she come up with? is the Yummy Vegetarian Chocolate Muffins. One bite and you'd never thought that there's neither eggs nor butter in the recipe. Honest.
The end results....very dark chocolatey muffin....the hazelnuts are the bonus!

The recipe: (makes 8)
3/4 cup flour
2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (we used Majulah cocoa powder by HoKo)
1/2 cup sugar (we used brown sugar)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil (we used Carotino)**
1/2 cup cold water (from the fridge)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon juice/vinegar (we used apple cider vinegar)

16 pieces whole hazelnuts (optional)*

1. Sieve flour, cocoa and baking soda together to ensure even mixing, and then mix in salt and sugar. Reserve the lemon juice. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until sugar is dissolved.
2. Preheat oven to 190oC. Add lemon juice just before spooning batter into muffin cases. Mix well.
3. Spoon one tablespoon batter into muffin case, insert one piece of hazelnut, spoon another half tablespoon and then another piece of hazelnut.
4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpicks come out clean.

*Hazelnuts are atrociously expensive in this country. So, it's optional. Nope, can't substitute with peanuts.
**Carotino gives a very rich taste and texture similar to butter based cakes. Yes, you may substitute with any other type of cooking oil but I can't guarantee the taste.

The Majulah cocoa powder we used came from Tawau, Sabah.
Brad's note: Best eaten the next day. Serious. Your pawrents may want to try baking this over the weekend. har har har *evil laughs*


grOundnUt said... Kitties love cake..contoh terdekat macam si Cindy...;)

The Furries of Whisppy said...

No butter? Mommy LOVES butter. Lots and lots of butter...

CATachresis said...

Can feel my hips expanding just looking at them !! lol

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I'm with CATachresis but they look delightfully delicious!!

Ellen Whyte said...

Sounds good! Love chocolate and nuts.

Tamago said...

Ohhhh looks very yummy! No eggs nor butter..I don't think I've had vegetarian muffin, but would love to try!

CS said...

Tak sangka your mama tersangat rajin, ehem..ehem..

Zool Blogger said...

your kitty wanna join too.. hehee

LP said...

Malou (which should actually be spelled Malu but I thought it would be easier for people to pronounce spelled Malou), is indeed not shy at all :) She is a very sweet, sweet, cat with alot of personality thrown in!
Do you mean walnuts? The nuts on the cupcakes don't look like hazelnuts, but do look like walnuts!
I think I love butter too much to substitute it with soemthing else but this recipe would be good to try for our vegetarian friends! :)

LP and the critters in The Cottage xo

Sandy of said...

It's fun to stay at the Y-V-C-M
It's fun to stay at the Y-V-C-M

They have everything that you need to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the cats ...

Photo Cache said...

our mama wants a taste of that :)

emma and buster

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Sounds Nom Nom say´s my mom :)
But I don´t think it helps if I put a claw in her but ??
She won´t bake them :(

HUD AIKARA said...

wow yummy!

ninotaziz said...

Darling, don't I get some?

Left a note for your Mum on my blog. Puasa ke Angelina?

Ellen Whyte said...

Raw meat cupcakes for Aussie-Malaysian cats :-)

ninotaziz said...


Snow White saw some action with a baby cobra the other day. She is now the princess of the house who can do no wrong...

Lee said...

Hi Cat, wow! Love these.....I'm very impressed.....
No eggs, no butter? Okay, I eat to live, so no problemos.....anything will do for me as long not kerbau, cheese, itek, lamb, kambing.....Ha ha ha.
Have fun.