Combine the ◎ ingredients in a bowl and mix with a whisk (this is instead of sifting). Next, add the ○ ingredients and mix with a whisk.
Add the melted butter and mix with the whisk until glossy.
Line the muffin cups with paper cups and fill with half of the batter. Top with chocolate pieces (1 or 2 per cup, depending on your preference).
Top with the remaining batter and bake at 180℃ for 10 minutes.
If using a bento cup, use a muffin pan that won't allow the cups to spread out too wide. You can also use pudding cups.
If using sturdy paper muffin cups, you don't need to use a muffin or pudding pan.
This is what it looks like when cut (with one piece of chocolate).
By replacing the cocoa powder with milk cocoa powder, you can make the muffin on the right. The pancake mix makes it sweet, so children love it, too.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is a quick and foolproof recipe.
Just melt the butter, preheat the oven, and mix it up Because you're using pancake mix, you don't have to worry about over-mixing. For the inside chocolate, you can also use bar chocolate. If you let them cool, lightly microwave unwrapped, at 600 W for 30 seconds, one at a time.