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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mocha Cupcakes

Week 6

This week I had a request. My husband, who is not a coffee drinker, has just found that he really likes the coffee flavored energy drink made by Rockstar. He likes it so much that he asked if I could make it into a cupcake. So, this week it was Mocha Cupcakes.

These cupcakes were very simple to make (especially after the last few cupcake recipes). The chocolate cupcake bottom was a dark chocolate cake into which I added a generous helping of room-temperature dark roast brewed coffee. With the buttercream I did the same. I added the same dark roast coffee as before to the vanilla buttercream instead of the normal amount of milk I would use. After piping the frosting, I dusted the tops with cocoa powder just because I thought it looked pretty

These cupcakes smelled delicious. I am a coffee lover and they smelled even better than I could have imagined. They tasted great too. The chocolate cupcake was very light and moist with a distinct coffee flavor. The vanilla buttercream was fabulous as always with a light hint of coffee flavor. I was little surprised that the buttercream didn't have a stronger coffee flavor but it was perfect just the way it was. I would definitely make these again. maybe even try it with a vanilla cupcake instead of chocolate so as to have a 'latte' instead of a 'mocha'.

Overall Rating: 4.7. out of 5
Needed a chocolate covered coffee bean to garnish the top. Would have been perfection.


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