Coconut chocolate chip muff-cakes

By | July 19, 2012

People tell me all the time that they only bake pareve. Most of the time, it’s because they only bake for Shabbos, and so by default any baked goods will have to be pareve.

I get it, I really do. But it always seems like a shame.

Butter really is better than oil or margarine. Milk really is better than soy milk. Yes, you can substitute successfully. But the real thing is…the real thing!

But now all you pareve people have no excuse! Friday begins nine entire days of meatless meals (with the exception of Shabbos), and I fully expect you to take advantage.

These cup muff-cakes are a good place to start.

As you can tell by the made-up word in the title of this post, I’m having a hard time calling them cupcakes. To me, a cupcake is a sweeter, softer version of a muffin, always with a frosting hat. Like this.

But that’s not the technical definition. Carine Goren helped with me that.

Apparently, the difference between true cupcakes and true muffins lies in how the ingredients are combined.

For a muffin, you either mix everything together in one shot or mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine everything. A cupcake is more involved: You cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the other wet ingredients, and finally mix in the dry ones. The result is that texture I was talking about that makes the cupcake lighter than the muffin. More…cake-like. Obviously.

Anyway, the point is that although I should really call these cupcakes to be accurate, I still think they’re more like muffins. Especially because I didn’t feel the need to add any frosting.

All this means that you can have them for breakfast instead of dessert. See? It totally works.

Welcome to the world of muff-cakes.


Abigail on July 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm.

Look yum but you are still not converting me to baking Chalavi! Butter I get, but soya milk I truely think is the same. Maybe we will have to have a bake off with blind tastings (I can thin of a few males who would be happy tp help out 😉 )


Aaron on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm.

I’m in!


Gidi on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 am.

I share Aaron’s sentiments.


Yiska Ben Avraham on July 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm.

Nice holder things.


Victoria (Itsy Bitsy Balebusta) on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 am.

I never understood the difference between muffins and cupcakes, thanks for the clarification! This recipe looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it out! & I completely agree with you – to break the fast a few weeks ago, I made dairy cookies for the first time in years, and baking with actual butter and milk made an incredible difference in the end!


yehudit on December 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm.

Thanks for the tip on the chocolate chips and flour, I always had that problem in cakes….


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