Monday, May 12, 2008

Mocha Cupcakes

Coffee is most defiantly an addiction of mine. I absolutely love coffee. Anything coffee, I'll have. Baking with coffee, well, its something I love to bake with. From muffins to cupcakes to cookies to pastries. I love it. Muffins are my norm for coffee, but, I really wanted to have a cupcake to do. And what better than to have coffee and chocolate in the little package of a cupcake?

These cupcakes are very moist and super rich that it'll have coffee fanatics like myself jumping with joy. The Kahlua Frosting was fanamnal with these cupcakes. I got the recipe from a friend of mine whom loves cupcakes and loves making homemade frosting. She's totally against store bought frosting (as am I), and when I told her that I was making Mocha Cupcakes, she said that this would be perfect with them. And they were! They were to die for!



1 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, combine the milk and brewed coffee. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined.

3. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk mixture in 2 additions, beating on low speed until just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20-22 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Kahlua Frosting

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 tbsp. butter, room temperature
2 1/2 tbsp. Kahlua
2 cups powdered sugar

1. In a bowl, cream together cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Mix in Kahlua, then powdered sugar in one cup increments until frosting reaches desired consistency. Apply to cupcakes.


Gretchen Noelle said...

I am LOVING these! They look terrific!

Anonymous said...

Those look DELISH!
I love how you piped the frosting.


RecipeGirl said...

I love coffee too- only I can't drink it or it has a weird hyper effect on me. I can have it in modification so these cupcakes would be a great choice. YUmmy looking stuff you have here.

Sharon said...

Kahlua frosting?! What a great combo with the mocha cupcakes. Your frosting is absolutely perfect! Good work. :)

grace said...

i would be rendered completely useless without my morning coffee, but i've never really cared for it in desserts. now i may have to step back and reconsider because there's no way i wouldn't like these beauties. i mean, chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting spiked with kahlua? come on! nicely done, tarah!

Chibog in Chief said...

these are definitely work of art Tarah!! your cupcakes are beautifuly decorated..really lovely!! i am not a coffee person but i adore the scent of coffee, it is so intoxicating! but i will definitely devour these cupcakes of yours, yummmy!! glad to discover your site goodies like these are my weakness :-)

Half Baked said...

Yumm these cupcakes look awesome I can't wait to make them!

Patsyk said...

Those cupcakes are not only beautiful, but they sound like an amazing treat!

Hallie Fae said...

Yum! They look so pretty.

Elle said...

ooooh, I've gotta try these!

Helene said...

They are picture perfect Tarah! Excellent job!

Lori said...

Hmmmm. I was looking for the FLorida pie but hey these looks yummie.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Coffee + chocolate + cupcakes + Kahlua frosting = too perfect for words!! Yum!!

Anonymous said...

Tarah, you are so good at making cupcakes! These look heavenly! Great pics.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Oh these are gorgeous! I am going to try to do an imitation.

test it comm said...

Those look so good! Great job decorating them, especially with the Kahlua frosting!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm not a coffee drinker but would certainly love these, Tarah!

Jenny said...

What beautiful little cupcakes. Great pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tarah,

These are gorgeous and I can't agree more about coffee. I'm on my 3rd cup of the day already, wish I had one of these to go with it!


Sophie said...

These are really sweet. I love the topping. I bet they taste amazing. I actually don't like coffee (or at least drinking it) but I looove it in desserts; I'm addicted to sticky toffee pudding :D.

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