Mocha Cupcakes

Why?

Why do I watch shows like Unique Eats and Unique Sweets?

I always end up wanting to eat EVERYTHING they try on those shows.

And I get sad because I can’t go to like 99.9% of the places they visit.

Then when I look in my pantry, fridge, and freezer to find something to satisfy my appetite, nothing looks appealing.

Something is seriously wrong with me.

Food envy. I’ve got a bad case of it.

Mocha Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)

Ingredients

¾ cup chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled

1 tablespoon finely ground coffee

½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

½ cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰ F.
  2. In a small bowl, add melted chocolate and ground coffee. Stir until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes. Add melted chocolate mixture and mix for a minute more.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Add egg mixture to butter mixture. Beat until combined.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  6. Pour into lined cupcake tins and fill about ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

Mocha Frosting

Ingredients

½ cup chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled

½ teaspoon finely ground coffee

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ tablespoon milk

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, add melted chocolate and ground coffee. Stir until combined.
  2. Cream butter and chocolate mixture for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add powdered sugar a little at a time while mixing with a hand mixer. Once all sugar is incorporated, beat for 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Add vanilla and milk. Beat for another minute.
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