Carmel Mocha Cupcakes

Carmel Mocha Cupcakes (from Crazy about Cupcakes) makes 24
What you will need (recipes follow):
Mocha Cupcakes
Whipped Cream
Caramel Topping
Chocolate covered espresso beans
Chocolate curls

Mocha Cupcakes
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.

Whipped Cream
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp granulated sugar

In a medium bowl whip the cream, vanilla, and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until thick.

Caramel Topping
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.

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4 Responses to “New favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe”

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    Martha — September 29, 2007 at 1:44 am

    I’ll have to try these. I’ve always been a fan of the Nestle Tollhouse recipe, though I substitute Ghiarardelli double chocolate chips (I think they’re now called 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips) for the Nestle’s. I highly recommend them!

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    Bronwyn — July 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Hi,
    I found your post on the Chocolate Chip Cookie Debate, pt. 1. My roommate uses vanilla pudding in her cookies, and they do have this wonderful extra flavor, creamy, almost eggy… I can’t quite describe it, but I love it!

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    Haley — December 21, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    So I was sitting here, trying to figure out how in the world you got your cookies to look so cakey and awesome. Mine turned out really flat and crispy. Surely the butterscotch pudding mix I used doesn’t make THAT big of difference from the vanilla…

    That’s when I realized. I only put 1 1/4 cups of flour in. Wow. Maybe I should pay attention to what I’m doing haha! Aside from my idiocy, this recipe was so simple, and I think the butterscotch is a good choice (even if I can’t taste them in full glory). I will make these again!

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    Jen — December 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    That’s funny Haley. Good luck if you make them again.

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