Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mocha Crunch Cupcakes


It's official - I have a new favorite chocolate cupcake.   (I do feel some pangs of guilt over the dethroning of my old favorite - the dark chocolate ganache cupcake - but I'll get over it.)  I ran across this recipe on bakersroyale.com.   This deep, dark, rich, coffee infused cupcake is the base for her double chocolate mocha crunch cupcake, her toffee crunch cupcake, her biscoff and Kahlua cupcakes, her caramel cappuccino royalle cupcakes and several others.  It is really great basic chocolate cupcake that you can transform into all sorts of great cupcake creations.  (By the way, I've tried almost all of her other cupcake recipes that use this same cake recipe.)


Mocha Cupcakes
1 cup flour
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter. melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons instant coffee
1/2 cup hot coffee

Chocolate Sauce
2/3 cup dark chocolate
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons water

Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt.












Combine eggs, butter and vanilla.















Add to dry ingredients and beat on medium speed for 1 minute.










Stir instant coffee into hot coffee.  












Pour into batter and stir until combined.














Scoop (or pour) batter into muffin cups.






Bake 18 minutes at 350.


Cool completely on wire racks.


Frost with chocolate buttercream.  Put in freezer for 10 minutes.



To make chocolate sauce:  Heat chocolate and whipping cream in the top of a double boiler, without stirring. 


Stir melted chocolate.  Stir in powdered sugar. 










Stir in enough water to make pouring consistency.









Chop whoppers, reserving 1 for the top of each cupcake.



Spoon chocolate sauce over frozen buttercream.  Sprinkle with chopped whoppers.


 Finish with another dollop of buttercream and a whopper.



I was afraid that these cupcakes would only really be appreciated by coffee lovers but the truth is, they have universal appeal.  My non coffee drinking husband, who is always willing to be a cupcake taster, thought my new cupcakes were super delicious.  By the way, kids are also big fans of these yummy mocha cupcakes.  (That is bad news if you wanted to save a few cupcakes for a rainy day - they are not going to last very long.) 

Ciao!








39 comments:

  1. These cupcakes look gorgeous and so decadent.
    I've featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.

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  2. Wow this looks amazing! I love the step-by-step photos :)

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  3. These look great! I always add a splash of coffee in my ganache, because it brings out the flavor of the chocolate. I think adding an extra splash coffee to the ganache here would be a very nice addition! This cupcake would be perfect for my mother's upcoming birthday!

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    1. I LOVE that idea. I am definately going to try that on my next batch of cupcakes with ganache. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Just wondering……Where's the recipe for the chocolate buttercream?

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  5. I used the same chocolate buttercream recipe that I used for my Rolo Cupcakes. (http://mystoryinrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/10/rolo-cupcakes.html) Enjoy and thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  6. These look BEAUTIFUL! Just wondering what piping tip you used for the frosting? Thanks!

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    1. I didn't write down exactly which tip I used but it was either a 2D or a 1M. Either one would work for this buttercream recipe. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by the blog.

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    2. So where is the buttercream frosting Recipe ???

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  7. Just wondering how many cupcakes this recipe actually makes? I'm not a huge fan of whoppers but I think the tastes would all blend well between the chocolate, coffee and whoppers. I'm making this for a small group so if I can easily half the recipe, I will. Thanks in advance!!

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    1. I typically get 16 cupcakes out of this batter. I don't fill my cupcake liners very full because I like them to bake up even with the top of the paper liner. You could easily get 6 to 8 out of a half recipe. Good Luck and let me know how they turn out.

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  8. What flour do you use

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  9. Is it plain flour or self raising flour

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  10. Made last night for cup cake contest a work today. Turned out glorious! I used coffee instead of water in ganauche. Butter cream looked like cottage cheese by the time the last T. of butter added. Panic mode set in! Added chocolate & it whipped up perfect!

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    1. Awesome. Good luck in the cup cake contest.

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  11. In the "chocolate sauce" recipe what kind of dark chocolate did you use? Chocolate baking bar? Chocolate candy bar? Cocoa? Chocolate syrup?

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    1. I used dark chocolate chips in this chocolate sauce recipe. You could also substitute a chopped chocolate bar if you like.

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  13. what recipe did you use for the chocolate buttercream?

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  14. I used the chocolate buttercream recipe that I had featured on the chocolate ganache cupcake recipe. You can check it out here: http://mystoryinrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/05/chocolate-ganache-cupcakes.html. Good luck and enjoy the cupcakes.

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  15. Love this recipe! Is there somewhere on your blog that I may print it for my recipe file? I couldn't find the "print" button. Many thanks, Gina

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    1. I don't have a printable version of my recipes on the blog yet - working on that now actually. As for now, you have to either cut and paste or copy it down old school style. :) Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  16. What flour u used for this cupcakes? Cake flour or all purpose?

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    1. All purpose flour Stephany. Good luck and thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  17. These cupcakes are gorgeous! But, I was wondering, could this recipe be altered to make just one glorious cake?!

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  18. These cupcakes are gorgeous! But, I was wondering, could this recipe be altered to make just one glorious cake?!

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    1. I have turned this recipe into a cake and it was delicious. I doubled the recipe and baked the cake in 2 eight inch round cake pans. Good luck!

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  19. Thank you! I really need to try this recipe!

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    1. Yes you do. These are my favorite.

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  20. Hi Amy,

    I was just wondering if these cupcakes are okay at room temperature or if the should be chilled until serving time?
    Also, the friend that I'm baking these for is lactose-sensitive. If I were to substitute some of the dairy for non-dairy equivalents, would it make a difference in texture/taste?

    Thank you!
    Susan

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    1. These cupcakes are best served at room temperature. The butter in the buttercream tends to firm up when refrigerated. I have made these with lacose milk for me dad who eats a lactose free diet and they are just fine. I do not really like using the lactose free butter in this recipe though. I recommend using the Hershey's chocolate cake recipe (http://mystoryinrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/05/hersheys-chocolate-cake.html) if you want a butter-free chocolate cake recipe. It works just as well in cupcake form and you can substitute lactose free milk for regular milk.

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  21. I used Nescafe Instant Coffee Granules and my cupcakes literally exploded in the oven :-) :-) ... The second attempt without the instant coffee was a 100% success :-)

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    1. Sorry to hear about your exploding cupcakes. :) Did you dissolve your coffee in warm water before adding it to the cupcakes or did you stir the granules into the batter?

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  22. I love coffee and I will definitely try this.

    Check out my kettle, it's so cute.
    http://www.shorisuperstore.com/collections/kettles/products/kettle-301

    Sorry, couldn't help not to share it :) Btw, maybe her cupcake exploded because of too much water in it. I experienced that before. Since I'm baking for 3 years, I can easily detect if I could still add flour into the batter, or the water is too much, etc. My advice is before adding everything at once, mix the ingredients slowly so that you know you have the consistency that you wanted.


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  23. Your description of all those options reads like cupcake porn! :) Looking forward to trying at least one version this weekend!

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    1. Never thought of it that way but that is hilarious. Thanks for reading the blog.

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