Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha-Cupcakes
Cupcakes with two of my favorite things--chocolate and coffee!  As much as I love chocolate, I don't have it every day.  My mornings, however, would not be complete without a cup of coffee.  My husband doesn't drink coffee, and my kids hate it.  They can't even stand the smell of coffee.  Even though the amount of coffee in these cupcakes is small, my son Josh did not care for them.  To me, the cupcakes themselves tasted like a delicious chocolate cupcake, and I doubt most people would even be able to tell that they contain coffee.  I found the flavor to be more chocolate than mocha.  The frosting, however, does have a mocha flavor which is what Josh disliked.  The rest of us enjoyed these, and I love the fact that the recipe makes only 12 cupcakes.


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Mocha Cupcakes
Delicious, rich mocha cupcakes with a mocha buttercream frosting.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
           For Frosting:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee, cooled

Instructions
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt.2. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, coffee, oil, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla until well blended.3. Gradually add the dry ingredients the wet ingredients and beat until combined. 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full and bake at 350°F for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.4. Cool for 10 minutes then remove cupcakes from pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.5. To make the frosting, combine the confectioners' sugar and cocoa; add the butter and vanilla then gradually add the coffee until frosting is the desired consistency. 6. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

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Cupcakes adapted from Taste of Home.

41 comments:

  1. These would go great with my morning coffee! I love chocolate and coffee combo - I say these are a winner!

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  2. I love chocolate and coffee together. These are just perfect!

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  3. Mmm, coffee my liquid gold! Cupcakes with coffee=genius, seriously you need to change those kids or trade em' in for a nice Italian espresso maker ;)

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  4. I always love the combo of chocolate and coffee. they are inseparable. Cupcake looks awesome.

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  5. It seems that when coffee is added to chocolate (even if it's just a little bit) the intensity of the chocolate heightens so much - -it almost adds another level of sweetness. Your cupcakes are gorgeous :)

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  6. The second I saw this photo I started to salivate and imagined taking my tongue and licking off that beautiful frosting. I hope that doesn't sound disgusting. These look so good. How interesting that you put vinegar in these cupcakes. I'll have to try these just to see how it adds to the flavor.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. mmm chocolate and coffee are my favorites as well!

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  8. These sound like such great cupcakes. I have added coffee to the batter, but never to the buttercream for some reason. Will have to try these next time!

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  9. Wow! These are picture perfect cupcakes... and I love the flavors! Beautiful... This ones a keeper!

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  10. chocolate and coffee are meant to be together. the cupcakes look divine.

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  11. Yummmm !!!!! They look good , my daughter loves coffee , she would love these :) .

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  12. Yum! These are my kind of cupcakes. What a flavor.

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  13. Chocolate & coffee belong together! These are beautiful Jill!

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  14. I love coffee and I love chocolate...in fact I'll put chocolate candy in my coffee! I need way more than a cup of coffee in the morning, and I often crave it in the afternoon. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I need to cut the coffee off by 3 or 4 p.m.!

    I'd really enjoy these cupcakes with a good cup of coffee! Thanks!

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  15. I love coffee and chocolate! Trying these soon!

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  16. I love chocolate and coffee together! Will e trying these.

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  17. Es una estupenda combinaciĆ³n pastelitos muy hermosos,receta y fotos espectaculares,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  18. I'll happily take Josh's share of the cupcakes. LOL I love coffee and chocolate together. ;)

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  19. Yummy! Love the shiny frosting. Mmmm... decadence :D

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

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  20. Chocolate and coffee are one of my favorite combos (which is why I love Starucks and their caffe mocha).

    What a beautiful cupcake and if your son doesn't like them than I guess that just means more for you :)

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  21. I love adding coffee to my chocolate cupcakes! These look like fabulous little gems!

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  22. Simple and beautiful, my friend! These would be very popular at my house...I need to bake up a batch after Easter :)

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  23. I love coffee as well, a few years back I did not care for it but it found a place in my heart. Coffee and chocolate are just a perfect combination! I nominated you for two awards, your blog is like a dream come true for me, if you want to participate please visit my latest post!!

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  24. These look terrific! I love chocolate and coffee together...the flavor is heavenly!

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  25. Gorgeous as always, Jill!! Love mocha anything!

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  26. These cupcakes are small, cute and utterly delicious :D
    I adore them!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

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  27. These look simply lovely - petit but with more flavour boom than most :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

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  28. Delicious! The swirly frosting is gorgeous!

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  29. Gorgeous! Love your cupcakes. Chocolate and coffee are the perfect combination.

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  30. Simply irresistible and gorgeous cupcakes. Love the combination of chocolate and coffee. The frosting swirl is perfect, and super yummy!

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  31. Mmm who doesn't love chocolate? I've used coffee in chocolate recipes before and I find that it definitely enhances the chocolate flavor. These look gorgeous! :D

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  32. You make beautiful frosting on top of cupcake. I love mocha and drink it all the time. I'd naturally love your mocha cupcakes!

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  33. Coffee and cupcakes...annnnd chocolate!? You're killing my thighs :) Definitely making these asap!

    Thanks for the recipe!


    http://juicebylouis.blogspot.com

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  34. I just tried to make these cupcakes, Ive made 2 batches and neither one came out all that good. The measurements are off. the frosting is good but you need more then 2-3 table spoons of coffee, more like a 1/4 cup.

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    1. Thanks for letting my know--I double check the recipes when I post them, but missed that the flour amount was incorrect. The frosting is listed as I made it, but the amount of liquid you need to get the desired consistency can vary based on the confectioners' sugar--brand used, how packed it is in the measuring cup, if you sift it, etc.

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  35. Just one tablespoon of butter for the frosting? This is going to be my favorite, as I don't like frosting with to much butter.
    And I'm agree with, what could be better that chocolate plus coffee.

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    1. That is all I used! You may need more or less coffee depending on the consistency you want.

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