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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Marian Keyes' Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes

I was very excited to find out that Marian Keyes has written a cookbook, especially when I discovered the title was 'Saved by Cake'.  I think I've read all of Marian's books and I'm sure for many people, like me, Watermelon and Sushi For Beginners were a right of passage when growing up.

'Saved by Cake' obviously isn't a novel however but her warm,witty writing means you do end up reading it from cover to cover.  I have a coupe of cookery books which I constantly turn to, one being Bill Granger's 'Everyday' for dinner ideas and I can see that Marian's is going to be my baking one. I literally want to try every recipe. Her book does have a story behind it however. It is a very honest account of how Marian recently suffered from depression and how baking helped her get through it, day by day.

Marian has kindly let me share one of the recipes from the book here.  I decided to go for the Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes as they sounded like they would completely hit the spot - and they did.  Mine came out as the very pale little sisters of Marian's rather more tanned older siblings. I'm not quite sure what happened but it seems like the chocolate in mine sunk to the bottom of the cakes. Oh well, they still tasted delicious and a liberal dusting of cocoa powder, the self tan of the cake world in this case, meant they looked a little more glowing.

As this recipe contains cheese and chocolate, it's my (rather late) entry into this month's We Should Cocoa Challenge too.

The Recipe

100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
250g mascarpone cheese
200g Philadelphia full-fat cheese
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tspn vanilla extract
100g milk chocolate chips

1. Line a 12 hole cupcake tray with paper cases (or use silicone cupcake cases as I did) and preheat the overn to 150c/gas mark 2.

2. Melt the chocolate (I did mine in the microwave).  Beat the cheeses together, then add the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and beat again.  Add the melted chocolate and mix well (Marian advocates the use of a purple spatula - mine is red - spatulas at dawn?), then add in the chocolate chips so they are evenly distributed. 

3. Divide the mixture among the paper case, filling them generously as the mixture doesn't really rise.

4.  Put the cupcakes in a bain-marie and bake for 40 minutes.  Once they are cooked pour the water away and place the cupcake tray on a cooling rack. Leave fora about an hour before you take the cupcakes out of the tin then refrigerate them, overnight if possible (I lasted a couple of hours before trying one!). Serve with whipped cream or just on their own.


  1. I'd be really interested to see this book - must check out a bookshop. The cakes sound delicious - not sure I've baked mascarpone before. Thanks for sharing with WSC.

    1. It's great I def recommend it. I'd never baked with mascarpone either.

  2. These came out really well - i never mix my philly with mascarpone when making cheesecake - think I might have to try it

    1. It's the first time I'd mixed them too. Was delicious!

  3. I saw this book at the supermarket and was tempted to buy...I might have to go back and get it now! Your cupcakes look great too! :-)

  4. Cracking up at the self tanner of the baking world.

  5. Your cupcakes look great. I like the idea of chocolate and cheesecake in a cupcake! I didn't know Marian had written a cookbook - will have to look out for it although I am on a self-imposed cookbook ban!

  6. Love the delicate texture of this heavenly chocolate cheesecake cupcakes! I don't know Marian Keyes but I saw the video at the link you've joined. It's really amazing how baking does help for all of us whose feeling a bit down! I totally agreed with her at this point! Thank you so much for introducing her book here. Will surely get it & try this recipe too. I have a bit of weakness for cheesecake nowadays! LOL

  7. Delicious looking cakes - I love the idea of a cheesecake cake.