Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Malted Espresso Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream

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Here's a little cupcake that will lift you right out of a mid-afternoon funk. It will make you smile and the same time!
Malted Espresso Cupcakes topped with Coffee Buttercream
Be still.
My heart.

You know you want one.
It's topped with a Whopper after all. You know you can't resist that. Or maybe it's just me that can't resist Whoppers?  I can't be the only one.
I just really like to say "Whopper" too.

Anway!  Let's get down to business here and talk about what makes this cupcake so good...seriously good.  The cupcake is flavored with malted milk powder, coffee and a little instant espresso powder.  I tossed in some chopped bittersweet chocolate because it seemed like the right thing to do.  The frosting is a simple buttercream with coffee, Kahlua and espresso added in to make it special!

I really enjoyed these little cupcakes.  I hope you do too.  Make some!
(Oh, and by the way, I wouldn't give these to the kiddies just before bed.  Just sayin'...)

Malted Espresso Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream
Source:  adapted from Julie Hasson in 125 Best Cupcake Recipes
(get the printable recipe here)
yield:  12

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp instant espresso powder
1/2 cup malted milk powder
1/4 cup freshly brewed coffee
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
2.  In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
3.  In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together malted milk powder, espresso powder and coffee until smooth.
4.  In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, butter and eggs until smooth.  Alternately whisk in flour mixture with coffee mixture, beating until smooth.  Gently fold in chopped chocolate.
5.  Scoop batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Coffee Buttercream

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp instant espresso powder
2 tsp hot coffee
2 tsp Kahlua

Stir together vanilla, instant espresso powder, coffee and Kahlua until smooth; set aside.  In a medium bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt until well combined and smooth.  Add coffee mixture and continue to beat until frosting is light and fluffy.  Spread icing over cooled cupcakes.


This post is linked to:  What's Cooking Wednesday
Made It On Monday
Mouthwatering Mondays
Friday Potluck
Sweet Tooth Friday
Sweets for a Saturday
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Totally Tasty Tuesdays
These Chicks Cooked
Muffin Monday


Donna said...

Oh man...I think I'm loggin these away for my husbands birthday! They would be perfect...they look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Well HELLO sweetness!

sugarswings said...

wow i need one now!

Adam said...

Whoppers are awesome and these cupcakes look great. For weeks I have been searching high and low for malted milk powder with absolutely no success :(. And now you've made the search even more urgent:)

Brandy K said...

@ Adam-I was able to find the malted milk powder near the coffee & tea section of my grocery store. It was with the Ovaltine and Nesquik. I hope that helps! :)

MrsFoxsSweets said...

These look so yum! Cute too! I am going to have to try and make them!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

What gorgeous cupcakes! Thanks so much for bringing to Friday Potluck!!

Mama J said...

Beautiful photo!

sliceofsouthern said...

OMG these are so cute!! and I LOVE espresso...can't wait to try these pick me ups!

Amy said...

These cupcakes look absolutely delicious! So tempting! Yes, I want one, or maybe two, please! Can't wait to try the recipe! Thanks for sharing and have a a wonderful weekend.


blkenigma888 said...

Hi! I'm having a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday where this week's theme is cheesecake! I'd love for you to join and link up! If you don't have a cheesecake recipe, I'd love for you to come back for this next weeks theme, which is tomorrow, and it's cakes and cake pops!

Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg said...

Happy weekend! Don't forget to come over and share a recipe at Savory Sunday!!

Hannah said...

What a fabulous photo! These look delicious!

Jacqui' said...

you should be ashamed because these look fabulous and sound fabulous! New Follower =]

Moogie said...

Looks so yummy. And I love the photo.... very professional.

Kim McCallie said...

I think these are gorgeous. I definitely need to add malted milk powder and espresso powder to my pantry. My children love the taste of coffee so I know they would love these. Hope you'll share the recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday this week!

Manni said...

hey Brandy, these looks so good:) Your frosting looks so light and fluffy!! I thought at first it was a whipped cream! Fantastic job on the frosting!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Yum! This looks just delicious. We love whoppers here so I will have to save this recipe. I hope you'll come link up your delicious cupcakes tomorrow at These Chicks Cooked. Have a good one :)

Alexandra said...

Those look almost too good to eat! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking it up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks!

Alexandra said...

Thanks so much for linking up your amazing cupcakes at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday! Have a great day and hope to see you again next week!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I could so go for one of these this afternoon. They look wonderful!

Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday, I hope to see you again this week.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Thanks so much for coming by to show off some of these amazing cupcakes. They look great:) Have a fabulous long weekend ! Hope you can come share more recipes again soon!

Jenn said...

Great photo. Your frosting looks good enough to eat by the spoonful!

D+B said...

These look so delicious!! I am your new follower! I will definitely be trying some of your recipes.. :) Also if you want to check out my blog it is I am new to this, but I am excited to share recipes, crafts, and make-up. If you would want to follow also that would be wonderful!!

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