Thursday, September 17, 2009

Prune chocolate cupcakes - 25th Vintage Recipe Thursday

Vintage Recipe Thursday is meant to preserve your own original vintage family recipes, or out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines, newspapers. You're invited! Get the details by clicking to the Vintage Recipe Thursday Homepage. I post recipes from the Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931. My 16th printing is from 1943. What will you post?

I'm also participating in Kristen's What Did You Bake Today? over at The Krazy Kitchen,

and in Liz's Cupcake Tuesday at Hoosier Homemade. It's a brand new carnival, so if you're a cupcake fan, go over and check out all the great recipes, and participate, too.


I've been looking at a lot of cupcake recipes lately, as I am planning for our son's October birthday party. I've decided not to go for the traditional cake for the party with his friends as it will be much easier to transport and serve/grab. I've only recently become a fan of cupcakes and also muffins, but I have been completely converted! Our lives have become more on-the-go lately, and cupcakes and muffins make for easy bite-sized or single serving food which can be as healthy as I choose to make it, and we don't have to stop for fast-food. I've been using my muffin pans for all sorts of breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert options, both savory and sweet.

There are very few cupcake recipes in my vintage Searchlight cookbook, as cupcakes just weren't as popular then as they have become in the last few years. Of course, many cake recipes will work well as cupcakes, just remember to bake for less time -- since each cupcake is much smaller, it will bake faster. This recipe has prunes, which will make the cupcakes moist and tasty without interfering with the chocolate flavor. It's nice when you can add a bit of prunes or applesauce to a chocolate cake/cupcake recipe because chocolate tends to be more dry than other types of batters once baked.

Here's a link to some frosting or icing, too.

Prune Chocolate Cup Cakes

1 1/4 cups cream
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked prunes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 squares bitter chocolate
3 teaspoons baking powder

Pit prunes (Joy's note: I buy already pitted!) and cut in pieces. Beat eggs until thick and creamy. Add to cream, and sugar. Mix well. Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking-powder and salt. Add grated chocolate. Beat thoroughly. Add prunes and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into well-oiled muffin tins. Bake in moderate oven (375 F.) about 15 minutes. If desired, use 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda with 1 1/4 cups sour cream.

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  1. These sound really interesting. I'll give them a try when I get to MIL's, I think she'll love them.

  2. These sound pretty good! I've not been a big fan of cupcakes either but am finding so many wonderful recipes for them, I really must make them more often! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Once again, you've hit on two of our little one's favorites -
    prunes and chocolate!
    (yes, I'm aware that it is both a bit unusual and quite fortunate that the child has always loved prunes...)

    Cupcakes seem to be a big hit at birthday parties these days. Maya requested a "cupcake tower" for her 4th birthday party - very pretty and much easier than trying to make a fancy cake. They even sell the plates for "towering".
    It's a good trend, I'd say.

  4. Very good idea for cupcakes. It keeps everything running smooth.
    Have a good day and come over for some Vintage French.

  5. Tamy: Let me know what everybody thinks of them.

    Emily: Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Cupcakes have become all the craze.

    Grandmother Wren: :-) Our son loves prunes too -- and chocolate of course!

    Grampy: Love vintage; love French -- works for me. ;-)

  6. Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake Tuesday!


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