Saturday, February 21, 2009

Iron Cupcake: Coffee

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Yay! I finally got it together in time to actually enter a cupcake in the Iron Cupcake contest!! When I saw this month's ingredient was coffee, I really tried to make sure I left myself some time to enter.
In thinking about different cupcake ideas centered around coffee, I kept coming back to my FAVORITE Starbucks drink. Unfortunately for me, it was taken off the menu...shortly after my brief stint as a barista actually (coincidence? I did drink an unhealthy amount of them during each shift...hmmm). Anyway, my FAVORITE Starbucks beverage of all time was the Mocha Valencia. I just loved the combination of coffee, chocolate and sweet orange syrup. I've blogged before about my love of the chocolate orange flavor combo...it only makes sense that I'd love it even more when it comes caffeinated and spiked with espresso!

So I started wondering if I could make a Mocha Valencia cupcake...you know, something to help curb the cravings since I can't just swing through the drive through anymore. And create a Mocha Valencia cupcake is exactly what I did, friends!

Here's how I did it. I took a plain old box of Devil's Food cake mix and in place of the water, I used orange juice. I followed the other box directions to add oil and eggs and then threw in 4 teaspoons of instant coffee. After baking at 350 for 21 minutes these little guys came out of the oven...






So then I whipped up some dark chocolate frosting and spiked it with 2.5 teaspoons of instant coffee to create a rich topping for these cupcakes.






And then it was just a matter of decorating! I used both orange sprinkles and also M&M's premiums in Mocha (I've raved about these before...love them). And there you have it! A Mocha Valencia cupcake (or 24 cupcakes!)!




I loved how these turned out and it definitely reminded me of the espresso drink that inspired them! An orange infused coffee cupcake is only fitting for a baker from sunny Florida, right?







VOTE FOR ME!
Voting will begin no later than Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER, http://mkecupcakequeen.blogspot.com and will be open through Friday, March 6 at 12 noon.

I'm always amazed at the creativity of the Iron Cupcake Bakers around the world each month and the sweet treats they come up with! This month we're all competing to win the following FABULOUS prizes:

Our February ETSY PRIZE-PACK is from artists:


DIANAEVANS - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5599270
as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281.


PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice - sweet!As an added bonus for February, SWEET

CUPPIN CAKES BAKERY AND CUPCAKERY SUPPLY will be tossing in a variety of cupcaking supplies, http://www.acupcakery.com/index.html.

Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers:

HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com/, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com/, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com/; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com/; a t-shirt from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com/. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com/ .

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I Heart Juicy Couture & Cupcakes

Zen Cupcake is one of my FAVORITE cupcake blogs! And that was even before this fabulous Mardi Gras Giveaway! Seriously, how cute is that Juicy cupcake necklace?! WANT IT!

Check out the Zen Cupcake blog for amazing cupcake recipes, decorations and other cupcake paraphenalia I'm sure you can't live without! Not to mention some very generous giveaways!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cold Stone Cupcakes

I'd be surprised if this press release escaped the attention of any of us that love cupcakes! I was a little overzealous in tracking these little guys down and dragged my husband and sister to Cold Stone a couple weekends ago...and much to my disappointment, Orlando is apparently behind the eight ball and hadn't gotten their cupcake act together yet!


(graphic from Cold Stone's website)


So back we went again this weekend and I was so excited to see these cupcakes sitting in the freezer case! They were out of the Cake Batter Delux which I REALLY wanted to try so I settled for a pack of Double Chocolate Devotion instead. Let's face it, I was going to try them all at some point of another anyway.



Wow, these cupcakes are so good! This particular one is made up of Devil's Food Cake, Fudge, Chocolate Icecream, White Frosting, and Oreo and an amazingly delicious Belgian chocolate shell to hold it all together! I'll definitely be going back to try the other flavors!