Monday, February 27, 2012

Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting!

Yesterday I made dinner and dessert for my whole family.  I made some easy Chicken Quesadillas, with Spanish rice and my homemade guacamole, and then for dessert I made a coffee cupcake with a coffee cream cheese frosting.  So the dinner was a success, but the coffee cupcake, well let's just say it wasn't the best.  The frosting was amazing though!  That's why I'll tell you how to make a CHOCOLATE cupcake with the same coffee cream cheese frosting!  I got this chocolate cupcake recipe searching online.

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (NOT PACKED)
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup boiling water


Preheat the oven to  350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fill muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners.  Mix dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat with the mixer for about 2 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula.   Add the boiling water and beat until just blended. (DON'T BE ALARMED THE BATTER WILL APPEAR VERY WATERY!)  Evenly pour the batter into the liners.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

 Coffee Frosting Ingredients:

one 8-ounce package cream cheese, (room temperature)
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups confectioners sugar
4 teaspoons instant coffee grounds or ground espresso beans.


In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese and evaporated milk until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients and beat until desired spreading consistency is achieved.
I also added decided I'd add a little caramel sauce on the top for a pretty decoration and some more flavor! :)

Caramel Sauce:
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the brown sugar, butter, and cream to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue stirring for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in the vanilla.  Pour the warm caramel topping over the cupcakes.  Enjoy! :)

Alyssa :)


  1. Hey, where's the coffee? No coffee in this recipe? It looks delicious....I wonder if you could add some coffee. Or are you supposed to eat it WITH a cup of coffee? :)

  2. It says 4 teaspoons of coffee right under coffee frosting ingredients. Maybe the page didn't load fully. Haha :)

  3. OK, so I'm getting old and my eyesight is failing. :) Thanks for pointing that out. :) :) AND we could still eat them with a hot cup of coffee, right?

    1. Hahah you're welcome :) Yes and coffee would probably taste really good with them! :D

  4. It's so cool that, at the tender age of 13, you can make dinner for the entire family. You bring happiness to those around you, Alyssa! If I lived nearby, I'd always help you by cleaning the dishes after the wonderful meals you prepare. That's what I do with Grandpa because he is the chef in our household. By the way, I can't wait to see you this coming Saturday!!!!!

    1. Thanks Grandma!!! :D Can't wait to see you this Saturday either!!!!