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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8 Responses to “Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Per usual, these look fantastic! Wishing you and C a Merry Christmas!

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    flourchild — December 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    These look delicious and they are very festive! Normally peppermint recipes don’t really catch my eye, but I will definitely have to try this one. Thanks!
    Jess
    http://flourchildjessie.blogspot.com/

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    Daisy — December 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    you taking full advantage of the peppermint chocolate combo in all forms is highly appreciated. These look delightful. Merry Christmas Jen!

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    nan — December 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Do you add the crushed peppermint before or after adding the chocolate chips?

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      At the same time that you add the chocolate chips. I’m updating the recipe to be more clear.

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    Taylor — December 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I was wondering if i could just do a second cup of regular sugar instead of the brown sugar? i am all out…

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 10:57 am

      Hi Taylor. Sorry for not responding sooner, I was offline for the holidays. The brown sugar really enhances the texture of these cookies. If you have molasses, you can make your own brown sugar by mixing molasses and white sugar. Otherwise, go ahead and use all white, just be aware that they won’t be as soft and chewy. Happy Holidays!

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    April — December 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Do I need to adjust the recipe for my high altitude?

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