Saturday, November 29, 2014

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes (and a Peppermint version)

A delicious coffee cupcake topped with a decadent white chocolate frosting. A treat you do NOT want to miss!

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes

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Do you love white chocolate mochas? How about peppermint white chocolate mochas? If the answer is yes, I have a treat for you. The BEST cupcake I have ever made. An intense coffee flavored cupcake topped with a creamy, rich white chocolate buttercream. 


Honestly, I couldn't get these photographed fast enough for my husband to get his hands on a full size cupcake. I always make at least
one small size of anything I bake for sampling purposes. I cut the sample size of this into four bite size pieces and placed a small amount of each frosting on two pieces each. One of each for me and one of each for the husband.  We sampled, we oohed and aahed, and then I went about my business of dressing these babies up for their debut. After a few minutes I hear rumblings from the den. "Are you still taking pictures?" "I really need a cupcake." Do you ever really need a cupcake? Okay, you can plead the fifth on that. I'm pretty sure there are times I have needed a cupcake. Make it a coffee cupcake, yes and yes please.

I made these two ways, the base is the same for both, only the frosting changes. The only change to make them peppermint is to add mint extract to the frosting. I have included this in the recipe below.
I also want to caution, you must use the white chocolate baking bars, not white chocolate chips. The white chocolate chips will not melt as easily nor will the texture be as creamy.

These would be the perfect dessert for a holiday get together. I dressed mine up with chocolate and white chocolate covered espresso beans for the plain and starlight mints for the peppermint version. You could use crushed candy canes or a sprinkle of espresso powder. There are so many options to make them festive for the holidays.

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes


Perfect to please the coffee lover in your life, make you the hit of the party or just so you can indulge yourself in the busy holiday season!

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcakes:
1 and 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Salted Butter – Softened
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 Cup Cold Brewed Coffee
1 Egg
2 Teaspoons Instant Coffee
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Preheat to 350 degrees.  Place cupcake liners in pan.

Add brewed coffee and evaporated milk together.

Mix flour, instant coffee, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, cream butter and both sugars together. Add egg and vanilla extract, mix thoroughly.

Add a one third of the flour mixture to the butter/ sugar mixture and mix until incorporated. Add one half of the milk/coffee mixture and mix. Repeat this again and then end with the last third of the flour mixture, mixing to combine. Stop to scrape down sides of the mixing bowl as necessary. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

Bake 19 to 21 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs on it. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes before removing cupcakes from pan. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting:*
1/2 Cup Salted Butter - Softened
2 Ounces Melted White Chocolate Baking Bar (I used Ghirardelli)
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
3 Tablespoons Evaporated Milk

Microwave white chocolate in twenty second intervals until melted, stirring in between each interval (two turns did it for me). Allow to cool for five minutes.
  
Mix butter and melted white chocolate together until combined. (It will look a little clumpy, this is ok it will come together with the addition of the other ingredients) Add one cup of powdered sugar and one tablespoon of the evaporated milk and mix. Repeat this with the remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk until combined.

*To make peppermint frosting add 1 to 2 teaspoons of mint extract to frosting, depending on the amount of mint taste you prefer.

©Christy’s Cooking Creations. Please do not use my images without prior consent. Please link back to this post even if recreating and posting this recipe in your own words.

39 comments:

  1. These cupcakes look so delicious! What a beautiful addition to any holiday dessert table...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Jodee, they look festive and are so good! Thank you for visiting!

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  2. Ha ha...I am with your husband. There are definitely times that you need a cupcake! These look absolutely delicious....yum.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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    1. Thank you Catherine! I don't know if I have ever seen him so excited by a cupcake lol! I love linking up at Smart Party Planning!

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    2. I love that you love linking up too ;-) Our readers loved these cupcakes and they will be featured next week :-)

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    3. Great, thank you Catherine!

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  3. Popping over from Teach Me Tuesday =) These sound yummy! Pinning now for later, thanks!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sarah, they are delicious!

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  4. I found this link on Party in Your PJs and I'm really glad I clicked. These look delicious. I'm the true coffee lover in my home, but I think my husband would love these, too. Pinning.

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    1. Hi Beverly, I am definitely the coffee drinker at my house, but the hubby loved these cupcakes. Thank you for pinning and visiting!

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  5. These sound amazing. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Thank you Jacqui for visiting and hosting!

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  6. I love the white chocolate mocha from Starbucks, so I'm sure I will love these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing them with Hump Day Happenings.

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    1. You definitely would like these Jenna if you are a fan of the Starbucks drink. Love sharing at Hump Day Happenings, thank you for hosting!

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  7. Those look really good!! I so wish I had one right now! Thanks for joining us again at Foodie Fridays!! Pinning and stumbling these delicious treats!!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I would be embarassed to tell you how many of these I ate lol! Always a pleasure to join in the fun at Foodie Friday. Thank you for pinning and stumbling, it is most appreciated!

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  8. I love that there's coffee in here! Must try this, looks and sounds great, pinning! Sharing on my FB blog page today if you want to visit. Stopping by from Friday Features. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing Bernadyn. I love coffee and creating recipes with it. I am so glad you stopped by :)

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  9. I love these cupcakes, and I love that you used chocolate and white chocolate covered espresso beans on some of them. I think I may have fainted a little. ;) Thank you so much for sharing these with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned and tweeted! :)

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    1. LOL, you must be a fan of coffee too! Thank you so much for visiting Joy. It is always fun to share at Treasure Box Tuesday :) it is a great party. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  10. I'm rallying around your hubby - there are definitely times when one can NEED a cupcake! :) These look so delicious, I just checked my pantry to see if I had everything to make them. Color me sad when I realized we don't have any instant coffee.

    Thank you for sharing at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party, Christy - these are amazing!

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    1. Hey Sarah, yes he has much support on the needing a cupcake :) I only keep instant coffee for cooking purposes. I have to have the real stuff for drinking. Thank you for visiting and for hosting Thank Goodness It's Thursday!

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  11. Oh my! These look fabulous! Found you via the Friday Feature Linky Party. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you Leesha! So glad you stopped by :)

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  12. This looks so perfect! I wish I could take a bite right now! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn't be a party without you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks Kimberly and thank you for visiting and hosting!

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  13. These look so yummy to me...I wish I had one right now! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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    1. Hi Christie, they are incredibly delicious. Thank you for visiting!

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  14. Hello!! Just wanted to let you know I will be using this in a round up (posting soon) from the Teach Me Tuesday party! Very much appreciate you linking up with us ;)

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    1. Hi Bobbi! Thank you for including me in your round up. I very much appreciate you hosting so I can share!

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  15. White chocolate peppermint mochas sound amazing, as do these cupcakes. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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    1. Thank you Laura. Thanks for visiting and hosting. You have a great day too!

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  16. Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker ! I hope to see you there!
    Judy@ http://www.bakeatmidnite.com

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  17. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cupcakes on #PureBlogLove Link Party!! I hope to see you again next week 8pm EST through the weekend at www.themccallumsshamrockpatch.com
    XoXo
    Heidy

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  18. Thank you for joining us on #PureBlogLove Link party for recipes and DIY crafts! I love reading about your adventures in cooking and look forward to seeing you again this week at 8 pm EST Thursday -Sunday night midnight to celebrate yet another fun week !
    Besos
    Heidy

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  19. I'm TOTALLY putting this recipe in my back pocket for Christmas Cookie Party Season. Great finding your blog through Idea Box link party... I don't have a lot of time to find good recipes to turn into meals, so it's great to have so many at my fingertips. Cheers Christy! Jen

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