Ask anyone that knows me personally, and they’ll tell you that my thing is cupcakes. I just like making them, a lot. Well, I mostly like playing with the frosting and dyeing it abnormal colors, but making them is really fun too. Lately, though, I haven’t really had the oppurtunity to bake these little delectable morsels of cake, but thanks to a friends’ birthday last week, the oppurtunity presented itself.
Alas, I didn’t get to play with the frosting. But, I did play with the ingredients.
It’s your normal chocolate cupcake mix, with a few special additions. Instead of the 1 1/3 cup of water that the recipe called for, I replaced it with decaf coffee. Why decaf? Well, I was worried the flavor would overpower the chocolate, so there. The other difference was I added about a teaspoon worth of ground cinnamon. Think mocha latte.
The cupcakes came out light and fluffy, and slight fragrant thanks to the cinnamon. It also left a nice cinnamon aftertaste on the tongue once it was swallowed. It I could do anything different, I’d probbaly replace the decaf coffee with extra bold, or take Nicole’s suggestion and put some coffee ground into the mix to heighten the flavor of the coffee.
Any suggestions for icing? A friend of mine suggested whipped cream straight from the can, but I’m just not sure what would match the mix of flavors.