Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
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24 cupcakes

This cupcake is a combination of salty and sweet blended with mocha and is one of the most requested flavors at Dreamcakes Bakery.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cocoa and 2 cups boiling water in a large heatproof bowl, stirring until blended and smooth; cool completely. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate extract.

Step 2

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely.

Step 3

To prepare frosting, beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with cream, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes about 5 cups.

Step 4

To prepare drizzle, cook butter and sugar in a 2-qt. heavy metal saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is caramel-colored, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and slowly add cream, stirring constantly until blended. Return to heat, and bring to a boil; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Step 5

Frost each cupcake with Mocha Frosting using metal tip no. Drizzle each cupcake with Caramel Drizzle; top each with about 1/8 tsp. sea salt and 1 espesso bean.

Chef's Notes

The folks at Dreamcakes say that if you're dying to try this recipe but don't have coffee extract in your pantry, you can dissolve 2 Tbsp. instant espresso in 1/4 cup hot water as a substitution.

Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes; Dreamcakes Bakery

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