Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cafe Mocha Cupcakes--Tasty Thursday

Hey everyone, welcome to Tasty Thursday!

Whether or not your a coffee lover I think you'll really enjoy these cupcakes.  They're a chocolate cake with a light coffee flavor and a vanilla coffee buttercream.  The coffee flavor isn't so strong that it'll knock you over, just enough to make you think...hum, that's really good.

I believe these are the first cupcakes I've made since I did cupcakes for a wedding in JULY!  Can you believe I took that long of a cupcake break?  I was a lazy pregnant woman, so I just went to bakeries and bought some when the craving would hit!  Anyway, I think these turned out really tasty...hope you enjoy!

Cafe Mocha Cupcake

1 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup + 2 TBSP cake flour
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, soft
1 cup + 2 TBSP sugar
2 eggs 
3/4 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Pour hot coffee over cocoa, whisk until smooth; let cool
  • Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla
  • Add flour mixture and cocoa mixture, alternating, beginning and ending with flour
  • Fill prepared muffin cups about 2/3 to 3/4 full with batter
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Allow to cool, then frost
*makes approx. 18 cupcakes

Vanilla Coffee Buttercream

3/4 cup butter, soft
6 cups powdered sugar
4 1/2 TBSP strong coffee, cooled
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • Cream butter
  • Gradually add some powdered sugar, beating well
  • Beat in coffee and vanilla
  • Gradually add the rest of the powdered sugar
  • Beat until smooth
*buttercream recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

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