Cupcakes. Is there any food more adorable than a cupcake? More adorable, versatile, or...simple?
The idea that cupcakes are simple may raise some eyebrows among those of you who don't enjoy baking or find baking difficult. And, yes, there are many cupcake creations that are intricate affairs best left to those who truly enjoy the pastry arts. But here's a little secret...you can make cupcakes that look almost as gourmet as those found at your favorite bakery, without all the fuss. You just need to use...
I know, I know, "Shhhh, don't tell anyone!" And you don't have to. But here's another little secret; even those of us who adore baking sometimes rely on mixes and pre-made frostings. So, if you'd like to impress your friends at book club, a baby shower, or coffee break, why not whip up a batch of delightful Mocha Cupcakes?
Here's all you need:
- Chocolate Cake Mix
- Pre-made Cream Cheese Frosting (buy 2 if you want to do big swirls of frosting)
- Instant coffee or instant espresso granules
- Coffee beans (for garnish, optional, but looks great!)
- Muffin liners
Follow the instructions on the cake mix package for preparing cupcakes. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting. Mix the instant coffee granules, to taste, into the frosting. Add a bit at a time as too much will taste bitter. I used about half of a Starbucks VIA instant coffee packet to a regular size can of frosting and that was perfect. When your frosting is well mixed, insert a large tip (such as Wilton's 1M) into a decorator bag and fill the bag with frosting. Pipe large swirls or rosettes onto the top of the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with coffee beans (if you can find chocolate covered coffee beans, even better!). Share with all your favorite people!
I love to bake, and I am a huge fan of making things from scratch. However, sometimes you need something that you can whip together quickly and cake mixes are perfect for times like these!
Have a wonderful weekend!