{recipe} espresso fudge cupcakes

I LOVE to bake. This is most likely because I like rule and guidelines and I would consider myself very good a following exact measurements. So today's recipe was for a wonderfully delicious cupcake!

This first recipe proved to be a bit of a challenge since my empty kitchen lacked many of the necessary tools. So my day started with a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond as well as Kroger to acquire all the ingredients. Note: This recipe calls for espresso powder that I could not find at Kroger but good 'ole Central Market had me covered.

The meticulous measuring, pouring and stirring began. It is important to know the difference between tablespoon and teaspoon abbreviations because otherwise you'll have a cupcake that tastes like a strong cup of espresso instead of nice balanced flavored. I absentmindedly, added 2 tablespoons of espresso power instead of teaspoons but I realized this just in time to scoop a little out and save the recipe. The batter is this unbelievably smooth, rich chocolate color that my fingers just couldn't resist. I obviously licked the spatula clean. This recipe makes 16 (smaller) cupcakes but I'm sure you could just pack all the batter in and make 12.

The worst part about baking is waiting for something to cool. I learned as a kid that you cannot, no matter what, put icing on anything that is even slightly warm. You will just have a puddle of icing on the plate and a very soggy cupcake. The only baked good you can eat fresh out of the oven are chocolate chip cookies - which is arguably the only way to eat them.

The icing came out a little thinner than I would have liked. The recipe calls for a 'splash of milk' which could be a big splash for some and a small splash for others. I put it in the fridge to chill and get thicker which helped a little bit.

After [im]patiently waiting for my mini morsels to cool, I frosted them and topped them with marshmallows. Seven cupcakes in hand, I headed off to Banditos to let me friends be guinea pigs and try my first creation! Luckily, they were a hit and everyone enjoyed them. Now what to do with the leftovers....

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsw. cocoa
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add vanilla and egg. Add milk and flour mixture alternately while still mixing. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out almost clean.

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp cocoa
  • splash of milk

Mix cream cheese and vanilla at medium speed until creamy. While beating, add sugar, cocoa, and milk gradually. Spread on cooled cupcakes with icing spatula. Top with chocolate chips or coffee beans.

(Recipe found here!)

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