Monday, October 20, 2008

Mocha Cupcakes

We were finally in town this weekend which gave me the opportunity to try out another idea for a cupcake. I LOVE coffee and even had a short-lived stint as a barista with Starbucks when I first moved to Orlando. I just love everything about coffee...the smell, the taste....but most importantly, coffee, to me, means good company and good conversation. My mom shares my penchant for the beverage so having a cup of coffee will always remind me of being home and sharing a cup or two with her. And I've converted my husband to the darkside too! Just about the time I got him dependent on the stuff, I decided we needed to go caffeine-free! Oops.

So this weekend, I wanted to try to come up with a mocha cupcake. I had in mind to make a dark chocolate and coffee flavored cake with a chocolate frosting. I realize that not everyone is as big a fan of coffee as I am...and I definitely lean towards the extra bold, strongest coffee you can I tried to keep that in mind as I mixed my latest concoction.

I ended up with a very rich tasting chocolate cupcake...much less coffee flavor than I had hoped. My taste testers who don't really like coffee (I don't understand it either) loved these little treats which tells you something. So next time I think I'll up the amount of coffee flavor I use in the batter just slightly and I'll focus on adding coffee to the frosting as well.

I had hoped to pick up chocolate covered espresso beans to top these cupcakes, but couldn't find them at the store this weekend. I did, however, find Mocha flavored M&M Premiums.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a pack of these. They are AMAZING! They lack the candy shell of your typical M&M and are almost like little tiny truffles. The pretty bronze and brown coloring looked festive on the cupcakes too. Pace yourself though...they are as addictive as their plain predecessor but way richer!

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