Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream

Tonight I made mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream.  You know that really creamy jamoca ice cream at Baskin-Robbins?  This buttercream tastes JUST LIKE THAT.  I really wanted to sit down with a spoon and polish it all off but that seemed like it would thwart my recent weight loss efforts so I resisted.

A little.

Sort of.

Here's the recipe:  (you can download it from scribd here)

Mocha cupcakes:

1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup strong, dark coffee
3 tbl dutch-process cocoa powder

On low for one minute, beat cake mix, eggs, butter, coffee and cocoa powder.  Increase speed to med-high and beat for one more minute or until batter is smooth.  Do not overmix.  Scoop into lined cupcake pan filling cups 2/3 full.  Bake for 22-24 minutes.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes before moving to cooking rack.  Top with espresso buttercream.  (I also like to sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top.)

Espresso Buttercream:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
approximately 1/4 cup heavy cream
4 tsp instant coffee
mini chocolate chips for sprinkling on top

Cream butter and vanilla well.  Dissolve coffee in 2 tablespoons or so of cream and add to butter.  Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating well between each cup.  As the mixture gets stiffer, add small amounts of cream and continue mixing.  I do a lot of tasting with this to get the consistency right so the amount of cream is really an approximation.  You’ll know when it’s right.

I hope you try these.  If you do, let me know how they turn out.  They are worth the extra time on the treadmill.  I promise!

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Anita Stafford said...

Your cupcakes are so pretty and sound wonderful, I know I would love them!

Emily said...

Thank you so much, Anita. I hope you make these and let me know what you think. They are so easy and really yummy!

Lisa said...

Mmm! Looks amazing! So hungry :)

Justine said...

Stopping by from Take A Look Tuesday!

Olah Momma! said...

Beautiful and sounds like really a yum!

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Wendy said...

WOW! I really need one of these!

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Kyleeclipse said...

I made these and they turned out fantastic! :) Thanks so much for the recipe!

Emily said...

I'm so glad they turned out well for you!

Robin Byrd said...

Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. These cupcakes are the bomb!!! I followed it exactly and added a chocolate covered espresso bean on top. I made these for a family dinner. Huge Hit! I will make again and again. Perfect ending after a meal.

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