White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes – take two

This month’s Cupcake Hero theme is Coffee in honor of host Laurie’s husband Jaos and his upcoming birthday (Happy Birthday Jaos!) I heard that one of their favorite treats at Starbucks is a white chocolate mocha. I already took one shot at a white chocolate mocha cupcake. I wasn’t happy with the white-chocolate-mochaness of it, so here’s my second try.

These cupcakes definitely taste like a white chocolate mocha. The cake is similar to an angel food cake with espresso powder in the batter. They have a subtle coffee flavor. I added some espresso over the top of the cupcakes to keep them moist and intensify the coffee flavor.

The white chocolate mousse didn’t bring enough white chocolate flavor to the table, so I also added a small layer of melted white chocolate. After quite a few different tries, this combination hit the white-chocolate-mocha flavor I was searching for. Hubby and I both couldn’t stop eating them!

Coffee Cupcakes – makes 30 – from Crazy about Cupcakes
12 large egg whites, cold
3 Tbsp espresso, at room temperature
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp ground espresso beans
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

In a large bowl combine the egg whites, espresso, lemon juice, cream of tartar, vanilla, and almond extract. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat until mixture is foamy with tiny bubbles, 2-3 minutes. Gradually add 3/4 cup of the sugar until the foam is creamy white. Do not overbeat.

In a separate bowl combin 3/4 cup sugar, flour, ground espresso beans, and salt.

Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Gently mix with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until completely integrated.

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.
White Chocolate Mousse – from FoodNetwork.com
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup egg whites (from about 4 eggs)
2 tablespoons sugar

In a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat just until it boils.

Immediately turn off the heat. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Strain into another bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and, using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip it into fluffy, soft peaks. Return to the refrigerator.

In a clean dry bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and continue whipping until glossy and stiff, about 30 seconds more. Fold into the white chocolate mixture.

To assemble cupcakes:
Poke holes into the cupcakes with a fork or toothpick. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of room temperature espresso on top of each cupcake.

Melt 8 ounces of white chocolate in a double boiler. Spread about 1 teaspoon of white chocolate on top of the cupcakes.

Using a small cookie scoop or a piping bag, scoop the mousse on top of the white chocolate.

Garnish with white chocolate curls and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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14 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Kisses”

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    Katie — December 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I’ve never seen a treat so perfect! So impressed!!

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    Joelen — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful job! I love the addition of chocolate and peppermint on the bottom for additional texture!

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    Amy Kingman — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Oh my goodness those are so pretty!

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    ~Amber~ — December 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    OMG these are adorable!! Great job.

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    Tiffany and Ganesh — December 23, 2008 at 1:52 am

    wow, these are so pretty and look delish!

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    Scott W. — December 23, 2008 at 2:36 am

    how great are these! you can’t buy something that looks so nice.

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Thanks everyone. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Everyone loved them.

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    Hallie Fae — December 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed. Those look great. What did you do with over 100 meringues?? 🙂

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hallie – I took half to a holiday potluck and the other have came to my in-laws with us for Christmas. They’re going on the cookie tray. The good thing is they keep well and go fast! And Hubby loves them so I have a hard time keeping his hand out of the bag of these guys.

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    Steph — December 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    These are beautiful!

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    Ali — November 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, these look great and I want to try them as gifts this year. Thanks! One question, how do you “paint” the red coloring into the bag?

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    Jen — November 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ali,

    Using a small paint brush, I dipped it into the food coloring and painted stripes on the inside of the pastry bag prior to filling it with the meringue.

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    cindy6174 — January 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    These as well as your Raspberry Meringue Cookies look wonderful. I wish I had come upon these before the holidays as they would have made a great addition to my cookie plate!

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    Cornelius the Pig — December 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

    i realize these were posted 2 years ago… but i just found them and they look wonderful! so pretty!

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