I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for flavored coffee. Caramel latte, vanilla frappe, cafe Vienna, and basically any coffee with at least three French adjectives is on my "must try" list. So this morning, I decided to incorporate my instant hazelnut coffee into a cupcake. With the holidays approaching, this is the pick me up I needed. Although Thanksgiving time is my favorite season and I have so many blessings, I am one of "those" who needs a moment of peace and quite before the festivities begin. As I look out my window at the falling snowflakes, I'm enjoying the calm before the storm-and my new cupcake creation!
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 2 cups granulated sugar; 1 tsp. salt; ¾ cups Hershey special dark cocoa powder; 2 tsp. baking powder; 1 tsp. baking soda; 1 stick softened butter; 2 eggs; 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup milk; 1 cup brewed hazelnut coffee.
Frosting: 1 pound powdered sugar; 1 stick butter; ¼ cup cocoa powder; ¼ cup hazelnut coffee; 3 tablespoons milk; ½ tsp. vanilla
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, coffee, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Using a paddle attachment of a stand mixer, stir the ingredients in the large mixing bowl until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl. Stir for 2 minutes on medium setting.
Line a cupcake pan with liners. Fill each liner 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean. Yields 24 cupcakes.
Frosting: In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, milk, coffee, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, mix the ingredients on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed until medium peaks form. .
Place icing in a piping bag with a decorating tip of your choice. Pipe icing onto the center of each cupcake. Garnish with hazelnut candies.
Hi, I'm Jennifer-the creator of What's Baking, Babycakes? Here you'll find easy to make desserts, frozen treats, healthy salads, and hearty casseroles. I love baking, and spending time with my family and two Papillions! Find out more in the "about section." Happy baking!