Salted Vanilla Mocha Cupcakes

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I have to confess that this is sort of a recycled recipe. It’s almost exactly my pistachio cake recipe, but there’s more coffee and a different frosting. I came home with a longer lunch break than usual and couldn’t resist the need to bake. I’m an addict. The Kitchen Aid is my trigger. Once we lock eyes, it’s all over. Creepy, I know.

I used dark cocoa for this recipe because the dark, almost black color of the cake is as appealing as a red velvet cake. When you see it, you just know that you want to eat it. I’d call them black velvet, but that sounds a little dark and scary, which is not what these are. They’re pillows of goodness. Try and convince me otherwise.

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CHOCOLATE CAKE: (from here)

1 3/4 c. AP flour

1 3/4 c. caster sugar

3/4 c. dark cocoa powder

1 t. baking powder

2 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

1 c. buttermilk

1/2 c. vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 t. pure vanilla extract

1 c. hot water with 5 T. of instant espresso powder

350 F / 180 C

  1. In large mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients ACCEPT coffee.
  2. Next, sift in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Add espresso mixture. The batter will become very wet, almost watery.
  4. Line 2 cupcake tins with papers and fill each one just over halfway. Bake 15-20 minutes until middle springs back when you push it.

SALTED VANILLA BEAN BUTTERCREAM:

3 c. icing sugar

1/2 c. room temperature butter, unsalted

2 T. whole milk or cream

1 1/2 t. vanilla or the seeds of 1-2 vanilla beans

1-2 generous pinches of sea salt

  1. Beat butter and sugar until combined.
  2. Add milk, vanilla and sea salt.
  3. If you want a frosting that is thicker or thinner adjust the sugar or milk amounts.
  4. Sprinkle tops of cupcakes with cocoa powder and more sea salt.

 

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One thought on “Salted Vanilla Mocha Cupcakes

  1. This cupcake looks incredible decadent and delicious! And salted vanilla bean buttercream?! Seriously, I wish you could post these to me because I can smell them from way over here πŸ™‚ I haven’t got a kitchenaid but everytime I go to a store that stocks them, we lock eyes and all I can say to myself is, “Soon… my pretty.” πŸ™‚ I will be saving this one for my coffee loving friends. The husband is not a fan of coffee. (more for me! haha)

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