Friday, May 14, 2010

Mocha birthday cupcakes

You might have guessed from the title that I made these beauties for a birthday. My friend Laura was turning... whatever... it was her birthday. Laura is Italian and if there's one thing we both miss from home is good old real coffee. (Sorry, american coffee is not the real deal for us, don't get offended).

So come her birthday, I knew there had to be coffee in whatever I baked for her.  She requested chocolate as part of whatever I made. Chocolate + coffee? Mocha cupcakes!

No better start than brewing some caffeine with my italian coffee maker and having a cup while I put some in the cake batter...

Chocolate-coffee cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes (fat topped ones)

1 1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup good strong coffee
1 stick of butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F
Cream the butter with the sugars. Mix in the egg. Add the coffee and milk. Don't panic, the mixture looks very liquid at this stage but it'll work just fine. In a bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mixture to the liquid one slowly mixing with a spatula. Pour batter into baking cups and bake for about 15-20 min. Let them cool in a rack before frosting.

Mocha frosting

Makes enough for the 12 cupcakes (I had no leftovers)

1 stick of butter, softened
1/4 cup strong coffee
2 teaspoons instant coffee
3 cups confectioners sugar (I know, it's painful)

Cream together butter and coffees. Add sugar cup by cup until frosting has the desired consistency.

We enjoyed them along with the strawberry shortbread cake Laura's roommate brought... sugar coma!


Maria said...

I just love them!!! They look sooo yummy
No m'agrada gaire el gust de cafè... però crec q podria fer una petita-gran excepció amb aquests cupcakes.
Per cert, t'he dit ja quan és el meu aniversari?? ;-))

Kat said...

These look and sound delicious. If you get a chance, please take a peek at my baking blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a vintage recipe box. Thanks so much.

Carmen (Dulces bocados) said...

Però Adri, ets tota una mestra, mare meva quins cupcakes, m'encanta el frosting i aixó que el café tampoc no en diu gaire res. Petonets

Neus said...

Wuauuuu!! quins cupcakes,quines fotografies, jo vull un rere l'altre.

Mercè said...

Quins cupcakes més bonics!!! Segur que la Laura va estar d'allò més contenta amb aquests cupcakes al seu gust! Jo no sóc gens de cafè, així que per mi de xocolata i prou. :p

eva potter said...

pero quina ganaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Laia said...

Puc dir que estaven boniiiisssimsss!!!!

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