On the blog today, Chocolate!!! Yes, I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted something chocolate, so today I’m making up for it with these Super Moist Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes. I’m not just talking about chocolate here either. I’m talking about two perfect partners, chocolate and coffee. In case you don’t already know, coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate, so if you’re not a coffee lover, don’t fret. You won’t taste the coffee.
I made these moist delicious cupcakes for my son, Justin, when he came to visit yesterday, and there’s a funny story behind why I made them for him. A few days ago, my granddaughter, Maya, told me that her dad loved chocolate more than anything else, and that I should make something chocolate for him when they come to visit again. This really surprised me. I had always thought that he didn’t care for chocolate but loved peanut butter. Where have I been all these years? I don’t even know what my own son likes. So yesterday when they came to visit, I greeted Justin in the kitchen and said, “Look, I made you some dark chocolate cupcakes since you love chocolate.” He looked sort of bewildered and replied, “Mom, I’ve never loved chocolate. Maya is the one who loves chocolate.” We all had a good laugh as we watched Maya grab the first cupcake from the tray, while not making eye contact with me. This joke was on Grandma!!
Back to the cupcakes, I knew I wanted to make chocolate cupcakes, but I didn’t want to make a huge amount like most recipes make. I only wanted to make about a dozen or so. Therefore, I reached for one of my favorite recipes. This recipe makes one dozen cupcakes, the perfect amount if you’re not feeding a crowd.
Let’s talk about what makes these cupcakes so light and chocolatey. A small dose of apple cider vinegar is just what the cake doctor calls for to make these cupcakes light and fluffy. The vinegar acts like a leavening agent to help the cupcakes rise and expand. Coffee is added to help enhance the chocolate flavor. Chocolate and coffee always complement each other.
Oh yes, let’s not forget the creamy Chocolate Mocha Frosting. That’s right. The chocolate frosting has coffee too. Again, in case you’re not a coffee lover, don’t worry. You can’t taste the coffee. It just enhances the chocolate flavor. The frosting is just as quick and easy to make as the cupcakes.
A dark, moist and fluffy Chocolate Mocha cupcake topped with a creamy Chocolate Mocha frosting. What more could you ask for?
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The addition of coffee enhances the chocolate flavor of these dark and moist cupcakes, and their creamy delectable mocha frosting melts in your mouth.
For the Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa (not dutch processed)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cold
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (good quality such as Ghirardelli)
- 1/3 cup real butter, softened
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled, (more if needed)
- Shaved or grated bittersweet chocolate for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
For the Cupcakes
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, coffee, oil, vinegar and vanilla, using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix just long enough to incorporate the dry ingredients.
- Using a large cookie scoop, divide batter equally between the twelve muffin cups.
- Bake for approximately twenty minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. Allow cupcakes to cool for five minutes in muffin pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
For the Frosting
- Place the chocolate in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. Microwave for an additional twenty seconds and stir to finish melting chocolate.
- Add the chocolate, butter and coffee to a large mixing bowl. Combine, using an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Continue adding sugar until the frosting is thick enough to hold ridges on its own when the mixer is stopped. If frosting appears to be too thick, add a little bit more coffee. If it appears to be too thin, add a little more sugar.
- Decorate cooled cupcakes with frosting. I used a 1M open star tip to pipe the frosting on the cupcakes for this recipe.
- I sprinkled grated bittersweet chocolate over the frosting, but feel free to use chocolate sprinkles or garnish of your choice. They’re just as great with no added garnish.
- Store cupcakes in an airtight container until ready to serve. Eat within two days.