I created a cupcake version of a popular coffee drink and I even added a little dark chocolate garnish to the top to resemble the steam coming off of a hot beverage. Even though this cupcake won't give you the same feeling of warmth between your fingers, it might just warm your tummy even more than sipping a hot beverage.
White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
5 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream
5 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups hot coffee
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. brown sugar
For the whipped cream:
6 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
White Chocolate Buttercream
2 cups sugar
8 egg whites
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 bar of white chocolate
5 sticks butter
Add the flour mixture, alternating with the liquid mixture, beating just until all ingredients are incorporated.
Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Put bowl on the mixer and whisk until soft peaks form.
Switch to paddle beater and add softened butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time.
Add to buttercream and blend to combine.
Add a swirl of buttercream to the top of each cupcake.
Sprinkle with chocolate curls and add a dark chocolate garnish.
Today might be a perfect day to warm yourself with a white chocolate mocha cupcake.
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