Day 45 – Mocha Toffee Fudge Cupcakes

14 Sep

First, today is a Happy Birthday kinda day!  Happy Birthday to a couple of amazing, talented, beautiful women, Danicah (who you might remember from my August Cupcake Panel) and Joanna!!

It is also the very happy 2nd birthday of my niece.  Happy Birthday, Brin!!

This is her eating her birthday cupcake last year!  (Photo credit: Jaybee Images)

Brin-bday-pic

And, enjoying her birthday cupcake this year!

brin-cupcakes

(Clearly we haven’t mastered the “art of eating cleanly” yet.  haha!!)

Now we are ready for cupcakes.  I love birthdays.  I love my niece!!  And I love chocolate (as you really should know by now).  I’m also a pretty big fan of coffee.  So, Mocha Toffee Fudge Cupcakes (recipe below from Back for Seconds) were a no-brainer.

Cupcake     Mini-Cupcake

These cakes are delicately dense.  Very moist.  Very squishy.  With a nice, even chocolate flavor.

Mocha-Frosting

The frosting is extremely smooth, almost too soft, but it’s pipeable.  The chocolate in the frosting really highlights the coffee flavor.  There’s not much coffee, but it’s very strong.

Mocha-Toffee-Cupcake     Mini-Mocha-Toffee

The smoothness of the cupcake really mellows the frosting.  They’re really nice and even when they get together.

I will say, this cupcake has no right to be this tasty.  It defies the laws of baking – throw it all in a bowl and mix.  Literally.  It should come out a hot mess, but it doesn’t!  The toffee helps the visual, and throws in a little crunch, but it’s almost indistinguishable against the frosting.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 4

– Frosting Taste: 3

– Overall Taste: 4

– Appearance: 4

– Ease of Making: 5 (only slightly more difficult than a box cake)

– TOTAL: 20

RECIPE

Mocha Toffee Fudge Cupcakes (recipe from Back for Seconds)

Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup buttermilk
3oz unsweetened bakers chocolate (melted)
Frosting
1 cup butter (softened)
2/3 cups cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
3-6 heaped tablespoons brewed coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping
1/2 cup toffee bits
For directions visit Back for Seconds.
*Tomorrow: S’mores Cupcakes*

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