Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mocha Cupcakes

"I made these cupcakes for my hubby's Birthday this year.  Chocolate and coffee together is one of his favorite flavor combinations.  I must admit it's one of my favorites too!"
Mocha Cupcakes:
1 Chocolate cake mix
Oil and eggs called for on the box
Substitute cold, strong brewed coffee for the water called for on the box

Preheat oven and prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting coffee for the water called for on the box.  Place cupcake liners in cupcake/muffin tins. Divide batter evenly, filling each liner 2/3 full. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Frost with Mocha Frosting (recipe follows).

Mocha Frosting:
1 stick or 1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup cocoa powder 
2 pound bag of powdered sugar
8 Tablespoons cold, strong brewed coffee
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons milk

Cream together butter and shortening.  Mix in cocoa powder.  Add powdered sugar a little at a time until all combined.  (Mixture will seem very dry and crumbly, but don't worry when you add the remaining ingredients it will all combine together into a very spreadable frosting.)  Add coffee, corn syrup and milk  Mix until completely incorporated.  Frost cupcakes and decorate.*  Store in refrigerator until needed.

*I used cute little Wilton Pinwheel Party Picks to decorate my hubby's Birthday cupcakes. 

"These cupcakes would be so cute for any Summer celebration; including Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day barbecues or picnics!"

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