Day 148 – Mocha Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

26 Dec

Ok…Christmas is over.  I.  Am.  Exhausted.  And, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who could use a drink.  And, obviously, a little chocolate.  Hence today’s cupcake.  Mocha Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting (recipe below from Sweet Revelations).  Cause, let’s face it.  We all need one right now.

But first, enjoy today’s Tip Thursday video!!

Now dig in to these well-deserved cupcakes!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Mocha-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and solid. They aren’t moist, but the aren’t dry either, which is good.  They are extremely coffee flavored. The “mocha” part takes a backseat to just plain coffee. I get very little chocolate. I think the cocoa just adds to the depth of the cupcake.

Note: The mini cupcakes are a little on the dry side.

Baileys-Frosting

The frosting is thick, but smooth and creamy. Exactly what swiss buttercream should be.  It isn’t overly sweet, which surprised me. It can have a strong or weak Bailey’s flavor, depending on your taste, which is nice.

Mocha-Baileys-cupcake     Mini-Mocha-Baileys

Together they taste like an Irish Cream Coffee. Yum! It’s a shot of dark, rich coffee topped with the creamy, Bailey’s flavor. Simple. And yummy.

Mocha-Baileys-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 3.5 (nothing particularly hard, but a LOT of dirty dishes!)
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Mocha Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting (recipe from Sweet Revelations)

Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup strong hot coffee
  • 3 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise, room temperature

Frosting

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Bailey’s to taste

For directions visit Sweet Revelations.

*Tomorrow: Dulce de Leche Cupcakes*

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