Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coffee in Cupcake

_MG_2605.jpgI was on a cupcake withdrawal, so when we had company over earlier this month I felt drawn to make some cupcakes for dessert. Having pumpkin puree laying around I decided to make a cupcake with pumpkin in it. I've been eyeing these cupcakes from Annie's Eats for quite some time now. Do you have a favorite coffee beverage from Starbucks? One of my favorites just happens to be the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Sounds divine doesn't it? Well, now imagine it as a cupcake. Wow! My friend Edie is hosting a little virtual party on her blog. Have you met Edie? If not be sure to visit and also check out all of the amazing treats that she and her friends are sharing. Enough chatting let's make some cupcakes.
_MG_2582.jpgAdd your dry ingredients to a cute mixing bowl like this. Then mix it together until well blended, with a fork or a whisk.
_MG_2585.jpgIn a mixing bowl you're going to blend all of your wet ingredients together.
_MG_2588.jpgWhen the wet ingredients are well blended slowly mix your dry ingredents into the mixture. It'll look like pumpkin pie mix. It will probably smell like that too. It's a good kitchen smell. Very inviting. I speak from experience since I have six children.
_MG_2589.jpgFill up your adorable muffin liners. The trick to getting the perfect cupcake is to use a scoop. That way all of your cupcakes are a uniform size. If you don't have one use your tablespoon. Each cupcake is 3 tablespoons of the batter. That's a free tip I'm sharing with you today. You're welcome.
_MG_2599.jpgBake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes. Stick a toothpick in the the center of one of them and if it comes out clean it's done! They'll all look exactly the same. See?
_MG_2601.jpgWhile your cupcakes are baking go ahead and brew some coffee or espresso. If you're a coffee lover this part is crucial. While the cupcakes are still warm slather the coffee on top of the cupcakes. The coffee will soak right in. You can kind of taste it through the screen can't you? 
_MG_2608.jpgWhile your cupcakes are cooling make your frosting. This is really easy. Unfortunately I forgot the photos. I was too excited to get these cupcakes frosted and eaten. It was hard to hold myself back. Using heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and your mixer whip up the cream on high until it forms stiff peaks. Then frost your cupcakes. Sprinkle those gorgeous cupcakes with a little cinnamon and then drizzle them with some caramel sauce.
_MG_2607.jpgEnjoy! I know I ate about 10 of them before our guests arrived. Ooops! 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
Yield: about 30 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. espresso powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. salt
15 ounces pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
½ cup coffee or espresso, for brushing

For the whipped cream:
2¼ cups heavy cream, chilled
¼ cup confectioners' sugar

For garnish:
Ground cinnamon
Caramel sauce

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Stir together and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  With the mixture on low speed, add the flour mixture in two additions, mixing just until incorporated.

Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full.  Bake until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes.  Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pans.  While the cupcakes are still warm, brush them two or three times with the coffee or espresso, allowing the first coat to soak in before repeating.  Let cool completely.

To make the frosting, place the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whip on medium-low speed at first, gradually increasing to high speed.  Blend in the confectioners' sugar gradually.  Whip until stiff peaks form, being careful not to over-beat.  Use a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip to frost the cooled cupcakes.  Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and drizzle with caramel sauce.  Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Recipe courtesy of Annie’s Eats

1 comment:

Kellee said...

Those look awesome. And I want to link to Edie's party but I am technologically challenged! HELP!