Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Butter-cream Frosting


This is exactly what I would make if I want to please each and every palate in my small family. TH likes the coffee in this whereas kiddos love the chocolate flavor in this, and I love this classic combination of chocolate and coffee,so definitely a keeper recipe for me.

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting



Usually just before weekend I bake something, so that I don't have to search around for snacks while we go shopping around or do other activities during week end. This weekend I realized that I was baking a lot during the last couple of weeks and I should give it a rest. Then came April 29th, a special day for me and the love of my life,and there went my decision about no-bake weekend.You might think,as if she needs any excuse to bake, so true ! These mocha cupcakes with espresso butter cream frosting will make any occasion really special,I didn't have any doubt about what to bake to make our special day extra special.

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

This weekend was special for me, for one more reason. I went for indoor rock climbing with my friends and it was a great experience. I wasn't sure whether I will be able to finish even one full climb and I did it, at the first attempt itself ! Yeah, even I couldn't believe it. My darling daughter was like a spider girl, who actually came to watch her dear mamma climbing, changed her mind after reaching the club. She became so excited and ended up climbing several times in a couple of hours.

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

So the girls in the family definitely earned a treat for themselves and the boys in the family just got lucky ! This is a simple,but great recipe. If you don't want to brew the coffee, just for making cupcakes, use a good quality espresso to make strong coffee. I have tried that and it tastes great too. If you like coffee or if you like chocolate,just get on your heels and make this,right now. You will be so glad that I persuaded you to do so :)

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting


Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking time: 18-20 min
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Adapted from :Brown Eyed Baker

Ingredients:

For Cupcakes:

All purpose flour- 1 1/3 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder- 1/3 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Strong brewed coffee- 1/2 cup
Espresso powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Whole milk- 1/2 cup
Pure vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Unsalted butter- 1/2 cup
Granulated sugar- 1/2 cup
Light brown sugar- 1/2 cup
Egg- 1 large


Method:

1.Brew the coffee and mix the espresso powder in it.Set aside to cool down.
2.Preheat the oven at 350 degree F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
3.Whisk together the flour,cocoa powder,baking powder,baking soda and salt.
4.Mix the coffee with milk and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
5.Blend together the butter and sugars until creamy and fluffy.
6.Add the egg and beat well until mixed in.
7.Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately,starting and ending with flour mixture.
8.Spoon into muffin pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
9.Cool down a wire rack before frosting the cupcakes.

For Espresso Butter Cream Frosting:

For: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Unsalted butter- 1 cup
Confectioner's sugar- 2 1/2 cup
Pure vanilla extract- 1 1/2 tsp
Espresso powder- 1 1/2 tsp

Method:

1.Mix espresso powder in vanilla until dissolved well.
2.Whip butter on medium speed for about 5 minutes,scraping down the sides in between.
3.Add powdered sugar,a little at a time and mix on slow speed.Add more sugar when everything is mixed well and continue the process until you mix in all the sugar.
4.Add vanilla espresso mixture and mix well.
5.Frost the cup cakes.


35 comments:

  1. I can't go beyond the visuals - awesome clicks !! Seriously I love to blog hop and learn about photography - this is superb - one of the best I have seen in weeks !! Amazing NAMITA :)))

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  2. Lovely cupcakes and awesome clicks. Good way to celebrate the extra special day !!

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  3. The girls sure does rocks in your family ;) I have been thinking of doing the rock climbing but I doubt if I can even climb half! The cup cake looks yum and I love coffee flavor in cakes plus that blue is gorgeous!

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  4. Lovely cupcakes and cant take my eyes from this beautiful and gorgeous (blue) clicks

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  5. Woww... lovely cupcakes.. looks super cute :)
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  6. i Keep scrolling up and down to see the pics!!! so Mouth-watering!!!!

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  7. Mocha chocolate cupcakes and espresso butter cream? These must be made especially for me! =D I have done rock climbing outdoor once. It's a good work out! I don't think I can even do that now.. Hehee.

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  8. Oooh!!! yummy yum! these look gorgeous! and love the liners too! Esp love that pic of the flowers too! and yay! Rock climbing! :) such activities def deserve treats like this!

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  9. Beautiful cupcakes chechyyyyyyy..So colourful and tempting..Hmm cake stand super kettooooo...athenikku parcel cheythekkavoooooooooo?

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  10. such beautiful cuppies....love the coffee flavour in it.

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  11. Love coffee flavours in bakes, wat a cute and irresistible cupcakes,makes me drool..

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  12. Even I luv the flavour of coffee in cupcakes :) they look yum,..nd luv he liners too""

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  13. can't say enough about how beautiful this looks and the flavors of the cake. And I LOVE the blue and your props. The liner is as pretty as can be and I am even thinking of an Indian outfit in this pattern and shade.

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  14. Congrats on your special day last week and for believing in yourself and climbing the hill. What can I say about your photos. I don't think you have a bad photo in your bog do you. They are always immaculate, this is one of my favorites. Stunning!

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  15. Adipoli adipoli...no wonder u look so slim and fit, when I was a kid I had an ambition of becoming a mountaineer..ha ha..athum mount everest.Mount everest poyitu oru kochu mountain polum hike cheythitu Kalam Kure ayi..

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  16. Yum, they look super delicious. Good job on rock climbing :)

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  17. Adipoli,love the flavor,beautiful cupcakes,stunning pics dear..

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  18. they sound delicious and yummy Namitha!

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  19. i love coffee flavour in everything and it makes anything chocolate bearable if theres coffee in it :)

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  20. Love the flavor of the cute cupcakes...Wonderful pics...

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  21. yumm, delicious looking cupcakes, congrats on making that climb!!

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  22. Delicious. So well captured

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  23. This is my favourite Brown Eyed Baker recipe! Such lovely cupcakes and loving the cupcake liners. Very pretty! :)

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  24. These have everything I love all in one! Chocolate. Coffee. Cupcakes. Can't go wrong!

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  25. This espresso buttercream sounds like a real winner! Yum!

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  26. Lovely recipe and unbeatable clicks ....amazing :)

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  27. These cupcakes look and must taste incredible :D
    yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  28. The cup cakes looks amazing..chocolate and coffee there could be nothing better. :)

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  29. That's how I pipe my cupcake frosting, too. I just put the frosting in a ziplock bag, snip one of the ends and squeeze.

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    1. Isn't that pretty easy ? and neat too :)

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  30. There is something magical about these pics...may be the blue background or the liners or the cupcakes...i love everything here...nice to know that u had great fun time....

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    1. Thanks Lubna, you are so sweet :)

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  32. I so wanted to try it, it looks delicious and tasty, yummy

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