I participated in a bake sale a few months ago and specialty cupcakes were requested. I tried to think of a decedent cupcake, but wasn't finding the right recipes. I had a can of Starbuck's Double Shot leftover from a Christmas gift basket and some inspiration from Saucy and after some substitutions, a recipe was born. (Warning: don't eat these right before bed - unless you're trying to pull an all nighter)
Starbuck's Chocolate Espresso Caramel Latte Cupcakes
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces; 240 g) plus 2 T sifted all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 230 g) lightly salted butter (not margarine), at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 oz; 300 g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 small can Starbuck's Double Shot Espresso and Cream (6.9 oz can)
1 t. vanilla extract
Chocolate covered coffee beans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Measure flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda, and salt into a bowl and whisk to mix. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Alternately, add the dry ingredients and the Starbuck's Double Shot, beating after each addition, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Spoon batter into the cupcake papers, 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely.
Pipe my favorite Buttercream recipe on top (1/2 of this recipe should suffice), drizzle with your favorite gourmet caramel ice cream topping, and sprinkle with chocolate covered coffee beans.
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