Edible Delights: Tea Cup Cakes...

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Tracey and Family


Molten chocolate cake with tahini and millet
(Makes three cakes baked in tea cups)

You need:

  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 75 g dark chocolate (70 % cocoa contents)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tahini (i.e. sesame seed/nut butter) (40 g)
  • 1/4 cup light Muscovado sugar (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon millet flour
  • 3 small pieces of milk chocolate
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 450F and butter 3 tea cups (of course, you can use other ramekins and dishes you prefer); set aside.
  • Place the chocolate and nut butter in a bowl and place it over a pot of simmering water. Cook until melted.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs with the sugar and a pinch of salt. Beat until pale and light in color, and the volume of the batter has doubled.
  • Fold in gently the millet flour and then chocolate. Divide the batter between the cups (keep 1/3 of the batter). Add pieces of dark, milk or white chocolate and cover with the rest of the batter. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The less time you bake the cakes the more gooey the center will be.

Note from Tracey regarding alternative, simpler, recipe options: I know, I know, some of these ingredients are a little exotic and may be a bit hard to find. We make this as a gluten free treat and find the specialty ingredients at Whole Foods. However, if you aren't in the mood to hunt them down, yet LOVE the idea of Tea Cup Cakes (as am I :) you may easily substitute an ordinary cake mix instead...just keep in mind that you'll need about six to eight cups and the cake won't be near as moist. Another option is to use a brownie recipe or mix as this would make their texture and richness nearer to that of the original recipe.


Tracey x0x

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Storybook Woods said...

Yummm, I am always looking for ways to use millet xoxox Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Me too Clarice, and isn't this an unusual and easy way to work it in?!! (It's also a great way to avoid wheat if you're sensitive to it, as I am.)
Love and hugs,

P.S. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your "Storybook Woods" cookbook post!!! Sooo charming.

horse loving lineman's wife said...

I LOVE tea cups, and I LOVE the idea of tea cup cakes. Thanks so much for the alternative ways to make these. :o)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hello HLLW!!! Me too (regarding the tea cups :)! Oh and I am always one for simplifying if possible...unfortunately my wheat intolerance makes this sort of goodie much less simple.

Audra said...

I love these little cakes. I found a site that specializes in tea cup/coffee cup cakes. They are divine. I haven't tried one with tahini so I will be sure to give it a try this weekend when College Diva comes home to celebrate her 21st birthday.

With the Arizona temps heading towards the triple digits, it's far too hot to bake in the big oven. This will be perfect in my smaller oven and won't heat up the house!

I love the tea cup idea, more gracious than an old coffee cup! Thanks for the inspiration!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hello Audra!!! So good to hear from you. Like you, I too fell in love with baking in tea cups...I use them for so many things other than tea...but this idea is especially charming (wish I'd thought of it ;)!!!
Hope you're enjoying your summer with you college Diva home.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of baking in teacups!
How charming and useful way to use those little thrift store cups ~
Wonderful blog!

Cinnamon said...

So cute. These would be great for a birthday party.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You are so right Laurie...what a great way to use those one~and~lonelies found at yard sales and thrift shops!!!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I never thought of that you have my mind flowing with tea party alternatives!!!

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