Monday, January 19, 2009

Mouth-Watering Mocha Cupcakes

***I was chatting with one of my little sisters, Suzanne, the other day, and she told me about the fabulous Mocha Cupcakes that she was in the process of making. Well, of course I had to get the recipe! She sent it to me via e-mail, and I decided to leave the extra notes that she wrote at the bottom...I thought they were cute...LOL.

Needless to say, these cupcakes really did turn out to be fabulous...and very easy to make! I actually had some buttercream icing stashed in the fridge from the wedding cake that I made last week, so I used that instead of whipped cream. Suzanne bought a jar of pre-made icing to use on hers. Just use your can't go wrong with any kind of icing!

YUM...just look at the inside of that cupcake!

Mocha Cupcakes with Whipped Cream:
Source: "Perfect Chocolate" by Parragon Publishing

2 tbsp instant expresso
6 tbsp butter
3/8 cup superfine sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 cup water
1 5/8 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Whipped Topping:
1 cup whipping cream
Unsweetened cocoa for dusting

1. Put the coffee powder, butter, sugar, honey, and water in a pan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. pour into a large heatproof bowl and let cool.

2. When the mixture has cooled, sift in the flour and cocoa. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk, then add to the mixture with the egg and beat togerther until smooth. Spoon the batter into the paper cases.
3. Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven at 350*F for 15-20 minutes.

4. For topping, whisk the cream in a bowl until it holds its shape.

I just had to leave my sister's extra notes below...I thought they were cute. :)

"Okie dokie there it is..... the recipe calls for using the little bitty cupcake tins but i just used the big ones and it made one serving...but I had a lot of battter so they are huge. =] Oh and another note... I used 3 tbsp of instant cappuchino and added about 1/4 of a cup more sugar.. just taste the batter and see if it needs to be sweeter =]"
Thanks again, Suzie for the recipe...I love ya!!!
Here we are at my wedding...I've always liked this shot of us...

Yep...that's us goofing off...haha...


What's Cookin Chicago said...

This looks like a fabulous recipe!

tara said...

Beautifully, beautifully, beautifully done. That cross-section shows an absolutely perfectly formed crumb, along with a charming crown to the cupcake. The swirls on top are adorable, I love the shot of all of them resting in their pan.

I'll be bookmarking this, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Mouthwatering, indeed! These cupcakes look so decadent!

Anonymous said...

Those cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat!

apparentlyjessy said...

Those cupcakes do look very tasty, you can see how moist they are in the photo! And I love the topping with the dusted chocolate, very cute! :)