Carmel Mocha Cupcakes
Carmel Mocha Cupcakes (from Crazy about Cupcakes) makes 24
What you will need (recipes follow):
Chocolate covered espresso beans
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 Tbsp ground coffee
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup strong black coffee
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat over to 350F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.
In a large bowl cream together the sugar, butter, and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Mix in the sour cream.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, cocoa, ground coffee, and salt.
In a measuring cup combine the coffee and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the coffee mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.
In a medium bowl whip the cream, vanilla, and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until thick.
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butte
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a saucepan over medium heat bring the brown sugar, butter, and cream to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the vanilla. Pour over warm cupcakes
To assemble cupcakes:
Top the cupcakes with Whipped Cream
Drizzle Caramel topping in a pattern on the cupcake tops. Be careful – if it is still hot, it will melt the whipped cream!
Sprinkle with chocolate covered espresso beans and/chocolate curls or shavings.