Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Coffe Cupcakes


Hi all! I have been hard at it all day in my kitchen since yesterday evening. I have ventured into divinity-making, sugar cookies and currently in the process of decorating them, and coffee cupcakes. :) There is nothing as good as the smell of stuff baking in the oven. It has been really cool today so I've had my windows open all day and the warmth from the oven has made my kitchen really cozy.

So here it is folks, the recipe to my all-time favorite cupcakes! I have adapted the recipe from Ina Garten. 

Coffee Cupcakes

For Cupcakes
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups dutch process cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour milk or you can also use buttercream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • a few drops LorAnn Oil in Keoke Coffee flavor or you can use 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed Newman's Own Dark Roast Variety K-cup
  • 2 tsp instant espresso granules
Preheat the oven at 350˚ F. Line your muffin pan with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray. 

Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment on low until well blended. 

In a separate bowl, combine all your wet ingredients/liquids. Then with your mixer on low, slowly pour your wet ingredients into the flour mixture.

Add the espresso granules into the freshly brewed coffee and pour into the rest of the batter. Scrape the side of your bowl and beat with your mixer for a few more seconds until everything is well-combined.

Fill your molds two-thirds of the way and bake for 19 minutes or until springy to the touch.  Let cool.

For frosting

1 batch of your favorite chocolate buttercream recipe
1 whole tub of hazelnut spread
3 Tbsp heavy cream
a few drops of LorAnn Oil in Keoke Coffee flavor

Whisk all of the ingredients up with an electric mixer until it is all combined. Fill your piping bag with the frosting and decorate your cupcake. Top each cupcake with a chocolate-covered espresso bean to finish!



Kicking Off the Holidays Early

All week, I have been busy scouring the books for new (well, new to me) recipes to try and alter and share later. I found a ton and narrowed it down to five. I am not going to say what five recipes because at the moment I have ten and still couldn't make up my mind which five to use. 

However, I will tell you this, one of them is SUGAR COOKIES, the good old sugar cookies that your grannies used to make except, I am going to try and decorate them not like your grannies used to do. I will do my best to do them all up nice and cute. [crossing my fingers!] 

In all honesty, during my learning years, I was never fond of shaped/rolled cookies because of the extra step which is ROLLING! I hate dirtying my counter. Period. Today or this week is an exception. I will get down and dirty in my kitchen and show these sugar cookies who's boss. LOL

My mixer has been hard at work since yesterday's Divinity adventure. They turned out really good but I forgot to whip my egg whites til soft peaks, they didn't harden as much as I wanted them to but John loves them, so I don't care! I know the stuff is gonna get eaten. 

The pic above is showing butter and powdered sugar being creamed together to make the sugar cookies.

I didn't kid around.... Since Halloween is coming in a MONTH! Why not? I went ahead and added Christmas shapes while I was at it. I am trying to make my financier/my personal Santa/taste tester/handy man/ HUSBAND extra extra happy so come Christmas, he will bring me glad tidings of Joy and Happiness!!! lol

I promise I will post pictures of them all decorated and stuff. :)


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