Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, arrives the snow
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Right now, most of the midwest is experiencing snow and frigid temperatures – even colder than usual for this time of year. Here in Colorado we have had similar weather, although not quite as cold. Call me crazy, but I love it! I adore snuggling around a warm fire with a good book or a great movie….popcorn, anyone? Or perhaps another cold weather libation: coffee – hot and flavorful with just the right amount of cream. Add a cupcake to that and, oh boy, heaven!! Since the weather outside is frightful..sorry, I couldn’t resist…and a trip to Starbucks would require that I leave my warm and cozy home, a home-brewed cup of coffee and a mocha cupcake would be perfect. What a coincidence…the next cupcake in my Martha Stewart quest is a Mocha cupcake. As I am sure you all know, mocha is a combination of chocolate and coffee, what could be better?
Let’s get started…first, assemble the ingredients:
At this point add the flour alternately with the sour cream until just combined. Mix together brewed espresso and espresso powder and add to batter and beat until smooth.
The batter was luscious; I had high hopes of successful cupcakes.
I was a little disappointed in the lack of aromas coming from the oven. I still had high hopes, though
When the cupcakes were cool, I prepared the recommended frosting: Seven-Minute Frosting. This is similar to an Italian meringue frosting but without the butter. It is pillowy (is that a word??) and not unlike a soft and creamy marshmallow topping…in a word, scrumptious!
While the syrup is cooking, I whisked egg whites until soft peaks formed and then added granulated sugar. When the syrup was ready, I poured it carefully into the egg whites and beat it for seven minutes. Finally, I added pure coffee extract. Voila! Frosting perfection. It kind of reminded me of mounds of snow…how appropriate given our current weather.
My husband and I both tasted the cupcakes and we agreed: Okay, but not great. The coffee flavor completely overpowered the chocolate flavor…it was a coffee cupcake not a mocha cupcake. Perhaps more chocolate is needed or maybe a combination of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Hmmmm….disappointed but I will hopefully come back to this one later and tweak it a bit.
Happy New Year!