I'm happy to say that my body is slowly adjusting to the early morning wake up calls WITHOUT the use of caffeine. (Everyone has to take a stand against something and apparently - I'm taking my stand against caffeine.)
Now that I've said all that - it's going to seem odd for me to present my newest cupcake creation - a dark chocolate espresso cupcake! Talk about caffeine overload. One bite of this caffeine laden cupcake was all it took for me to determine that these were delicious but also not my best choice if I wanted to fall asleep in the next 24 hours. This cupcake is for all of my caffeine loving friends. I will live vicariously through all of you.
1 cup flour
1 cup + 2 T. sugar
1/4 cup dark cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup espresso or very strong coffee
12 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup Special Dark Cocoa
2 cups Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup milk
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda in the bowl of a standing mixer.
Whisk together melted butter, eggs and vanilla.
For frosting: Cream butter in mixer until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla. Sift in powdered sugar and cocoa, alternating with milk. Beat until smooth.