May 17, 2012

mocha cupcakes

Sometimes I get a craving for cupcakes.  Oh who am I kidding, I have a craving for cupcakes every day.

These cupcakes are great because the cake part is wheat-free (it's made with beans!) and the icing is seriously delicious.

Here's the recipe!

Mocha Cupcakes

Flourless Chocolate Cake
see recipe here

Coffee Buttercream Icing
adapted from My Kitchen is My Playground

1 T. instant coffee granules
1  T. water
3/4 lb. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar

Combine water and coffee granules in a small bowl; stir to dissolve coffee.  Set aside.

Beat butter in bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute.  Reduce mixer speed to low.  Add confectioners' sugar.  Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes.  Add the coffee mixture; beat on low speed to combine.  Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl.  Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Frosts 18 cupcakes.

I also sprinkled them with chocolate shavings for a nice finishing touch.


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