Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wake Up Call Cupcakes

These cupcakes come from the Butch Bakery Cookbook.  I knew I had to make these chocolate espresso cakes as soon as I saw them, and topped with the coffee buttercream and chocolate sawdust I was so happy that I did!

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup valrhona cocoa
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp espresso powder
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp kahlua
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Coffee Buttercream:
1.5 tbsp kahlua
1.5 tbsp valrhona cocoa
1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 3/4 cups icing sugar
3 tbsp egg beaters
pinch of salt

Chocolate Sawdust:
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp valrhona cocoa

Preheat the oven to 350 and line 2 cupcake pans with liners.

In a small pan, bring the water to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in the cocoa, chocolate chips and espresso powder and stir together.  Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.

In a medium bowl, add flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add in the eggs, oil, kahlua and vanilla and add in the melted chocolate and espresso mixture. Mix together until the ingredients are all combined, fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full and bake for 20-22 minutes.

To make the buttercream, combine the espresso powder, kahlua, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt in a small bowl and stir together.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the icing sugar and egg beaters and mix together. Add in the coffee and cocoa mixture and continue beating for for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth.

To make the chocolate sawdust combine the sugarand cocoa powder together in a small bowl.

Once cupcakes are cooled, frost with the coffee buttercream and top with a sprinkle of the chocolate sawdust.

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Winnie said...

The recipe sounds rich and sinful (just perfect!) and these cupcakes look DIVINE

Debbie said...

I had one at work yesterday, they were fantastic!!! thank you for the treat!

Kadie said...

I don't drink coffee but if I did you can bet that these would be at the top of my "to try"list. They look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It UP Thursday.

Kelley @ said...

Hi! Visiting from Whats cooking love. Oh my! These sound and look delish! I would like one right now.. please :)

I would love for you to share this at my link party.. it just started!

Nicola said...

These look incredible! Your swirl frosting technique is fantastic. :)

Shanley said...

Those look so good. What a treat!

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

Those turned out so pretty! Good job! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

Michelles Tasty Creations said...

These look delicious and the Buttercream sounds divine! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


Sherry said...

These look so heavenly! And the buttercream sounds delicious! I discovered you on Happy Hour Projects and I'm now following. I would love if you could follow back! Tx

Mama Jodi said...

These look amazing. I love the floral icing pattern. I need to play with that a bit. You have a different visual take on it that is very appealing.

Julie Marling said...

New follower from Inspire me monday.... Your cupcakes look great! Also love your template on your blog... Love for you to follow back and link up to Mom's Monday Mingle.

Alyssa said...

These cupcakes look fantastic! I love the coffee buttercream, yum! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

Six Sisters said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas on "Strut Your Stuff" Saturday! We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

Cherished Handmade Treasures said...

I would love for you to come by and share this post on the Creative Corner Hop. The linky party starts on Monday and stays open all week.

Cherished Handmade Treasures

Alyssa said...

Thanks for linking up to Showcase Your Talent Thursday, you have been featured!

Jocelyn said...

you had me at coffee butter cream:-) I love how delicious and decadent these cupcakes look!!!!