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Day 137 – Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes

15 Dec

Tis the season for holiday parties.  Yummy chocolate things.  (Maybe a few yummy alcoholic things.)  So, why should my house be any different?  A little chocolate.  A little alcohol.  A lot to look forward to.  Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes (recipe below from Samiwich & Addiecakes).

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense, but springy. They are a lot like Devil’s Food Cupcakes – sticky and moist.  They have a nice chocolate flavor. Not too sweet, but not too dark.


The glaze is very runny, and when it thickens becomes more like a gel than a typical glaze.  It has an extremely strong Kahlua flavor. A little sweet, but mostly Kahlua!

The frosting is very light and creamy. It feels like it might be too soft to pipe successfully, but it keeps its form nicely.  It is extremely light and airy with a sweet coffee flavor. Dangerously tasty.

Kahlua-Cupcake     Mini-Kahlua-Cupcake

Together these are kinda ridiculous. The glaze goes all the way to the bottom of the cupcake cup, so it soaks in there and makes it rum-cake-ish. The sweetness of the frosting balances the Kahlua and the chocolate so nicely. Definitely a well-thought combination.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4 (that frosting is beautiful!)
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 20.5


Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes (recipe from Samiwich & Addiecakes)


  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter (1/2 stick), melted and cooled
  • 1/2 c milk, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c boiling water
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 c + 2 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 c unsalted butter (4 sticks), room temperature cut into tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp instant espresso
  • 1/4 c water
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua

For directions visit Samiwich & Addiecakes.

*Tomorrow: Butterbeer Cupcakes*

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