Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sasha's Kitchen: Fourth of July Themed Coffee Cupcakes

For the fourth of July, I decided to make some red white and blue decorated cupcakes.  I wanted to try out the cappuccino cupcake recipe from Julie Hasson's Book 125 Best Cupcakes, so rather than creating red white and blue frosting, I made the cappuccino cupcakes with coffee frosting and then decorated the cupcakes with some red white and blue decorations made out of fondant (flags, starts, and my red/white/blue Obama cupcakes - so apparently my cupcakes got a little bit political).  Hope everyone had a great fourth of July weekend.  We also made my traditional fourth of July treat - my blueberry pie.

Cappuccino Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream (adapted from Julie Hasson's recipes) (makes 12)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp finely ground coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tsp warm water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup nonfat sour cream

2 sticks butter (so yeah, this is where those calories come!)
2 cups confectioner's sugar
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp instant coffee (i added about 2 tsp)
1 tsp hot coffee
1 tsp Kahlua or other coffee flavored liqueur

In a small bowl mix the flour, ground coffee, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl, combine the instant coffee and warm water.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar and oil.  Add the instant coffee mixture and vanilla.  Alternatively mix in the sour cream and flour mixture and beat until smooth.  I chose not to add in any chocolate chips as were called for in the recipe I used.

I filled 12 lined cupcake molds in a silicon cupcake tray.  Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees and allow to cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy and frosting like.  Add the coffee, vanilla and Kahlua to get the desired flavor.  Yum!


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