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Chocolate Drop Mini Muffins with Red Noses (Delia Smith)


I've missed joining the event Cook Like A Star for quite sometime and the feature for this month is recipes from Delia Smith. I adore Delia Smith's recipes as they are quite easy to follow. Actually I've picked Bacon and Egg Tart and Lemon Tart to try but when I was checking on the chocolate recipes, I saw this peculiar name that caught my attention .... with Red Noses? Sounds funny huh... hahaa, after checking on the recipe then I realized that it's the little red glace cherry that was placed on top of the small muffin. OK set! I'll try this recipe as it looks quite easy and the baking time is real short, only 10 minutes. BUT my muffins did not rise at all, may be I've over mixed the ingredients. The chocolate chips did not melted completely either that may also be one of the causes why my cake did not rise (might have also used the wrong ingredients) as there were still some chocolate chips remaining at the bottom of the cake. Anyway the mini muffins were really soft and light. I can just pop the whole cake in my mouth even without the chocolate topping.  For the topping I didn't melt the chocolate chips as stated in the recipe but just added some of the leftover ganache cream on the little muffins and placed the red glace cherry on top which looked really like a ruby jewel. So pretty!

Chocolate Drop Mini Muffins with Red Noses 

     150g Plain flour
     2 level tbsp Valrhona cocoa powder (13g)

     1 level dstsp Baking powder (2g)
     1/4 tsp Salt
     1 Egg (70g), lightly beaten
     40g Caster sugar (I used 30g)
     120ml Fresh milk
     50g Butter, melted and cooled slightly
     50g Plain chocolate drops (used 30g chocolate chips)

     For the topping: (from the original recipe)
     65g Chocolate drops 
     12 Red glace cherries
     Icing sugar, sifted

     or use Ganache cream as topping
     200g Semi sweet chocolate, chop to pieces
     20g Butter, cubes
     100g Whipping

  • Start off by sifting the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, sugar, milk and melted butter.
  • Sieve the flour mixture the second time directly on to the egg mixture (this double sifting is essential because there won't be be much mixing going on).
  • Now is to take a large spoon and fold the ingredients into the wet ones - quickly, in about 15 seconds. Don't be tempted to beat or stir, and don't be alarmed by the rather unattractive, uneven appearance of the mixture: this, in fact, is what will ensure that the muffins stay light.
  • Lastly fold the chocolate chips into the mixture - again with a minimum of stirring, just a quick folding in.
  • Divide the mixture between the muffin cups evenly and bake on a high shelf in the preheated oven 200 degrees C for 10 minutes, until well risen. Then remove the muffins from the oven and cool in the tins for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling tray.  
  • While they're cooling, place the chopped chocolate and butter in a bowl.
  • Boil the whipping cream (boil a little more then measure 100g) and pour it on to the chocolate pieces and stir till smooth. 
  • Then spoon a little melted chocolate on to the little muffin and fix a cherry on top and dust some icing sugar on top before serving.

I'm submitting this post to the blog hop event Cook Like a Star featuring Delia Smith's recipes



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  1. Oh, your chocolate muffins are a delight, Ann! So gorgeous topped with a glace cherry...mmmmmmm...

  2. Hi Ann, looks so rich and decadent. A perfect chocolate dessert. Now I wonder how i could possibly miss this recipe when I was browsing Delia's website.

  3. Hi Ann,

    I don't remember seeing this recipe at Delia's website. Maybe it is from her books which I don't have any of them at all :p

    These little red noses are so pretty and they look like little rubies sitting on chocolate jewellery "boxes"...


    1. Hi Zoe, Thank you for hosting this event with others. I love Delia Smith recipes and have bookmarked many of them to try.

  4. Hi Ann
    These muffins also great during Christmas time ~ "Rudolf The Red Nose", right....hehehee. Chocolates are my all time favorites, be in eaten as it is or in bakes!

    1. Hi Mel, After making these little muffins, I also realized these are more suitable for X'mas. But what to do, I love chocolates too :D

  5. Hi Ann, the muffin with red noses sitting on the glass blocks make me think of millions dollar jewellery :) is so pretty!

    1. hahaa.... I love your compliment. Thank you :)

  6. Haha, the name is indeed very cute! Hmmm ...didn't rise? Maybe need to check if the baking powder still active? But still looks yummy to me, I can also just pop these babies in my mouth, one after another, lol! 👍

    1. Bee Bee, thank you for highlighting. I must quickly get another new bottle of baking powder immediately and this recipe again.

  7. 看起来很浓郁叻(^^)

  8. These red noses look perfect for Christmas bake.

  9. 很特别的小蛋糕,好吃哦!

  10. Wow!!!The red noses make the muffins look gorgeous !!!!

  11. Ann, the muffins are so pretty and I love the red noses!

  12. How adorable are these. I need chocolate in my life always!

  13. I love those chocolaty muffins , Ann ! The glace cherry adds a gorgeous appeal :D

  14. These Chocolate Drop Mini Muffins are absolutely beautiful!

  15. Thanks for sending these tasty bites to Tea Tattle Thursday! They look so pretty. I am sure they are also very tasty.

  16. Hi Ann, thanks for joining us in this bloghop. These muffins are very pretty, shd put some antlers on and can be Rudolph edi. :P

    1. Thanks Yen for your compliment. Definitely will make these muffins during Christmas holidays!

  17. Ann, the red nose choc muffin is so cute, I also want to pop one into my mouth!

  18. It is really pretty! love the cherry on the top!

  19. Ann,
    Your chocolate muffins looks great!
    Love the Red Nose on the muffins...
    The red nose makes the muffins even more.'靓靓'

  20. Wow Ann! You popped the whole muffin into your mouth?!!

    Either the muffin size was small... or your mouth.... err... Hahaha...

    1. hahaa... Alvin, the muffin was really small lah :D

  21. Quantas delícias juntas!!!!
    Tudo de bom.
    Feliz Páscoa!
    Beijinhos do Brasil.


  22. they are like precious little gems!

  23. The red cherry look like a gem! So pretty.