17 August 2010

mocha cupcakes+espresso buttercream

mocha cupcase+espresso buttercream

Bit of silence happening over here in case you haven't noticed. I figured the best way to make it up to you was with cupcakes... that you can't eat. But we're ignoring that last part.

I saw the recipe for mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream over at Brown Eyed Baker and figured, why not? What caught my eye were the words "mocha" and "espresso", something that gets me every time. If I'm ever talking to you and start losing my focus, adding a quick, out of context "ESPRESSO" will immediately snap me back to attention.

mocha cupcase+espresso buttercream

Mocha means a combination of chocolate and coffee. These cupcakes definitely do the job with both strong brewed coffee for part of the liquid, and instant espresso powder for an added boost. I felt the balance between the cocoa flavor and the coffee was really good here, and the cupcakes came out very moist and tender.

mocha cupcakes+espresso buttercream

The frosting is just a basic butter and confectioners' sugar frosting, enhanced yet again with the addition of espresso power and some vanilla extract. What I noticed was that there wasn't any milk in this recipe, so the texture of the frosting remained firm, but still silky in texture.

This recipe makes exactly one dozen cupcakes, so it's perfect if you want a dessert that yields just enough without spending all day in the kitchen decorating and cleaning up. Because that's really not the point of baking, to clean dishes when you should be eating a cupcake.

13 comments:

  1. Just...wow...WOW! My Momma would LOVE these!

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  2. i saw those too! they really look amazing.

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  3. Those cupcakes look AWESOME. Really "luscious." I also like that they look delicious and not too "frou frou" like so many cupcakes from fancy bakeries.

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  4. Runner's Fuel ~ Thanks =)

    Tiffeh ~ You better have made your mom some cupcakes by now =P

    Pajama Chef ~ Definitely make them. 5 star cupcakes!

    Mica ~ Aww, thanks for the compliments! I like the natural swirliness from icing the cupcakes with just an offset spatula, too .

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  5. The words mocha and espresso do it for me too! These look fabulous. Glad you're back!

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  6. And I suddenly have a craving for cupcakes! I love the way these sound... And look, of course!

    Sues

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  7. Oh my goodness, these look luscious! I love, love my espresso.

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  8. i'll admit that i saw this post pop up a few days ago... and knowing how i am, i have been avoiding it, because i'll get this sudden urge for cupcakes and get all cracked out like Cookie Monster...

    you did it again woman. those look amazing, you have such talent!!

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  9. I love espresso buttercream! I recently made cupcakes with quinoa flour and they needed more flavor than just plain vanilla. I will definitely try this the next time I make them!

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  10. Those cupcakes look amazing!! And yes, espresso and mocha are very appealing words, lol! Especially when used together. And with cupcake. Ahhhhh... :)

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  11. Wow! that's very mouth watery , I love the espresso and mocha. Want to try this by myself! Now,I'm cravin' for it.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your thoughts are appreciated! ^,^

~Christina

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