It's hard to go past the combination of coffee and chocolate so why not bring them together in a cupcake. This creation is for a Cupcake Round-Up being hosted by Vanilla Garlic and Cupcake Bakeshop.
Rather than introduce chocolate in the form of cocoa powder or chocolate buds I've used roasted cocoa nibs. I had yet to use them but quite enjoyed their unadulterated chocolate flavour and felt they shared a true kinship with coffee beans.
125 grams caster sugar
125 grams softened butter
125 grams self-raising flour, sifted
60ml espresso coffee
25 grams roasted Cocoa nibs
Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting
20 grams butter, softened
60 grams cream cheese, softened
15ml espresso coffee
150 grams pure icing sugar
chocolate coated coffee beans, for decoration
Place the sugar and butter into a mixer and beat until thick and creamy.
Break the eggs into a small bowl and then add one yolk at a time, beating slowly so the mix doesn't curdle. When both yolks are amalgamated then slowly add the whites - increase the speed when all the egg is added to ensure an even mix.
Add half the sifted flour and coffee and beat on a low speed until mixed through then add remaining flour and coffee, beating until until just incorporated.
Stir through the roasted cocoa nibs.
Fill 6 cupcake moulds three-quarters full with the mixture and place in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Cool on a wire rack.
Make the frosting:
Place the butter and cream cheese into a small bowl and beat until creamy - add the coffee and continue to beat. On a low speed start adding the icing sugar a spoonful at a time, beating well to ensure a smooth and creamy result.
Finish the cakes:
Spread a generous dollop of frosting onto each cooled cupcake and top with a chocolate coated coffee bean. Place in the fridge to set.
Inside you'll see a lovely coffee coloured cake resplendent with speckles of cocoa nibs. It's quite interesting to note the change in the taste of the nibs - the cooking making them easier to eat and eliminating their powdery characteristics. You end up with crunchy hits of pure chocolate amongst the coffee. The perfect mocha experience.
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