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?
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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:
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/ .