Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting: a coffee fanatic’s delight!

Dear hubby’s birthday happened recently, and I went a little “sweets” crazy – one dessert for him, one dessert for his work on his birthday, and one dessert for the family celebration.  My favorite of all three was definitely these cupcakes (originally found at Brown Eyed Baker’s blog)!  YUM!!!  This will definitely be a repeat recipe here at the Rouse House!

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1 1/2 t espresso powder
1 1/3 C flour
1/3 C cocoa powder
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla
1/2 C strong brewed coffee
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C butter (room temperature)
1/2 C brown sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
1/2 C milk

Mix espresso powder with brewed coffee until dissolved; set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.  Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Beat butter and both sugars together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add egg, beat until combined.  In a measuring cup, combine milk, vanilla, and brewed coffee mixture.  Slowly add flour mixture to bowl, alternating with coffee mixture, ending with flour mixture.  Beat well between each addition.  Pour into liners, bake 17-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

1 C butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
2 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 t espresso powder (or more, for taste)

Mix espresso powder with vanilla until dissolved.  Using the whisk attachment, whisk butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes.  Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar a little at a time until incorporated.  Scrape bowl, beat at medium-high until fluffy.  Add espresso mix until blended! Frost cooled cupcakes – and enjoy!

I used my pretty new cake decorating tips to frost them- check out my handiwork above (forgot to snap more than one picture before they were all gone – OOPS!)….but I’m sure they would taste just as great with frosting lathered on with a butter knife 🙂



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