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I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes

Those who know me well, know I’m an avid coffee drinker.  Not the fru-fru “pretend coffee” drinker…..a nice fresh brewed cup of Folgers with a spoonful of Low Fat Coffee-Mate x 4-5 cups each morning drinker.

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOVE my frappes, and lattes but to me, those aren’t “coffee”.  Those are dessert coffees……and what do I love almost more than a dessert coffee?……how about a coffee dessert!

spiced mocha cupcakes

Last week my oldest asked if I would make a yummy dessert she could take to work for one of the other stylists who was having a birthday. – She wanted chocolate and only likes “fluffy whipped cream like” frosting.

I thumbed thru some of my bookmarked recipes and found one I’ve been dying to make!  It’s a cake, but I made cupcakes..and I think they turned out every bit as delicious as I had imagined.

If you’re not a huge coffee fan, don’t worry, the coffee flavor is not over powering!—–and, I would keep this in the refrigerator because of the whipped cream on top……or you could keep the cupcakes out and top with whipped cream right before serving.

spiced mocha cupcake

Supplies I used:

  • Gold and Brown Damask Cupcake liners found at Michaels

I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18

I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes

Gold and Brown Damask Cupcake liners found at Michaels

Large round tip from Sweet Baking Supply

Ingredients

  • 4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 3 tbsps. butter
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Powdered sugar (to garnish)
  • 1/2 pt. whipping cream
  • 3 tbsps. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Coat cupcake papers with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power 45 to 60 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.
  3. Combine coffee, potato flakes, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in large mixing bowl, stirring until moistened.
  4. Blend in sugar and vanilla.
  5. Blend in chocolate mixture and egg yolks.
  6. In a medium blow, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually blend into chocolate mixture.
  7. Beat egg whites on medium speed of electric mixer until stiff.
  8. Add to chocolate mixture and blend on low speed until completely blended, scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently.
  9. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
  10. Bake 20 minutes or until set in center.
  11. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan. Sprinkle liberally with sifted powdered sugar.
  12. Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  13. Combine whipping cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in medium mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until stiff.
  14. Pipe on top of cupcakes.

Notes

Recipe from Folgers.

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59 Responses to “I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes”

  1. Julianna posted on June 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm (#
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    these look amazing, especially beside a nice cuppa coffee :D

  2. Deb posted on June 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm (#
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    I signed up and linked my accounts on Manilla. This looks promising and has the potential to save me a lot of time and anxiety! Can’t wait for them to add more account options.

  3. Michell Kaul posted on June 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm (#
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    Yippee! Another great recipe to pin!! THanks for hosting!!

  4. Allison @ Alli 'n Son posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm (#
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    I’m with you on the coffee thing. I love my lattes and mochas, but they will never replace my morning cup of black coffee.

  5. Wendy (The Local Cook) posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm (#
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    YUM! I’m a “real” coffee person too. Those cupcakes sound delish.

  6. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm (#
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    Those cupcakes look absolutely incredible! The fluffy frosting just makes it completely reminiscent of frappes with whipped cream on top. Gorgeous photos as well! :)

  7. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm (#
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    Those cupcakes look absolutely incredible! The fluffy frosting just makes it completely reminiscent of frappes with whipped cream on top. Gorgeous photos as well!

  8. Kim {Recipes To Run On} posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm (#
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    Cheryl, I LOVE that you are a fellow coffee addict! I am always bummed to make a new friend and find out that they don’t like coffee. It’s a major setback in the relationship. ha!! Thanks for hosting us. Have a super start to your weekend!!!

  9. Ami w/AliLilly posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm (#
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    WOW!!! Those look incredible! Thanks so much for hosting, Cheryl! :)

  10. Kristy posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm (#
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    So excited that you posted these! I’m going to make them for my friends baby shower brunch next week, these will be perfect!! I love the whipped topping prefer it over buttercream too.

  11. Handy Man, Crafty Woman posted on June 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm (#
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    Thanks for hosting. Spiced mocha? that sounds like a yummy combo!

  12. cheryl posted on June 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm (#
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    OK, Cheryl . . .i HAVE to try this one!! The ingredient list intrigues me with the mashed potatoes, coffee, cayenne pepper, and all. :) I’m sure they are delicious!!
    ~cheryl

  13. Amy T posted on June 24, 2011 at 2:11 am (#
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    I’m a crazy coffee lover too! These look absolutely stunning and delicious! Can’t wait to get my hands on some. I think it’s time to bake some cupcakes with the kids! :)

    Amy

  14. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:21 am (#
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    Great cupcakes! Thanks!

  15. Beverly posted on June 24, 2011 at 6:58 am (#
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    Those are beautiful and I bet they taste great!

  16. Amanda posted on June 24, 2011 at 7:18 am (#
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    Those cupcakes look absolutely AMAZING!!! You are rockin my world girl!

  17. bridget {bake at 350} posted on June 24, 2011 at 7:31 am (#
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    These look FABULOUS, Cheryl!!! I’d take these over a cup of coffee ANY day!

  18. Amanda posted on June 24, 2011 at 7:43 am (#
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    These sound just perfect, I have some instant mashed potato flakes I’ve been wondering how I was going to use!

  19. Jane posted on June 24, 2011 at 7:46 am (#
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    Yum! Those are great lookin’ cupcakes! I added a coffee flavored dessert this week that you’ll love – Tiramisu Trifle. Thanks for hosting!

  20. Marla posted on June 24, 2011 at 7:51 am (#
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    Cheryl, I knew we had loads of stuff in common….but the BIG coffee drinking thing? Had not a clue. I could polish off 4-5 cups by 8am. Wish I had some of these delish cupcakes to go with that coffee! xo

  21. sweetsugarbelle posted on June 24, 2011 at 8:01 am (#
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    Stumbled =)

  22. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on June 24, 2011 at 8:30 am (#
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    Cheryl, Those cupcakes look awesome. Delish! I too need a few cups of “regular” coffee every morning (read = 5 or 6). Then, come the dessert drinks of able…
    Thanks for hosting ,
    Aimee

  23. Maria posted on June 24, 2011 at 8:39 am (#
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    Love these cupcakes! Beautiful photos too!

  24. Cookbook Queen posted on June 24, 2011 at 9:18 am (#
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    These look and sound amazing, Cheryl!!

    I am not a coffee drinker. I cannot handle the caffeine, I swear my whole face starts buzzing!! My husband though…he LOVES it!! He used to drink 2 pots a day and finally slowed down because of heartburn. We recently got a Keurig so he could do a cup instead of a whole pot and he LOVES it.

  25. Danielle at oh how posh! posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:08 am (#
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    When I look at these cupcakes all is can say is YUMMY! These look delish and I can’t wait to try them!

  26. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:22 am (#
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    These are just stunning, Cheryl! Love the cupcakes!

  27. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:40 am (#
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    WANT!!

  28. bonitarose posted on June 24, 2011 at 11:04 am (#
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    those look so so good! I just linked up!

  29. susan posted on June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm (#
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    I am loving getting to know your blog and YOU! I love seeing everyone’s favorites. I need to get on the “I’m loving it Tidy Mom Fridays”. Such a great idea. I am not a coffee drinker, but pretty much mocha anything is right up my alley. These are gorgeous cupcakes!

  30. Lucy Lean posted on June 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm (#
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    just gave up coffee for tea – and I was in the cafe latte camp – these look yummy!

  31. Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription posted on June 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm (#
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    Who would of thought cayenne pepper? Looks and sounds very tasty. Very nice!

  32. SMITH BITES posted on June 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm (#
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    yes, i do believe that these will go nicely w/my Frozen Mocha Brandy!!

  33. Georgia Pellegrini posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm (#
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    These look absolutely heavenly! I need to go find a cupcake.

  34. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates posted on June 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm (#
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    Those cupcakes sound SO delicious!! And they make such a beautiful display!

  35. Crystal & Co posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm (#
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    I just wanted to let you know that TidyMom was one of my top referring sites last month. You sent 195 visitors to my site in June via the I’m Loving It linkup! Thanks for always hosting!

  36. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm (#
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    Those cupcakes look fabulous!! Have a great weekend!

  37. Amy / MoMomma posted on June 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm (#
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    SUPER yum! I’m not a fan of ‘mocha’ but I think I could add some extra cocoa and make these cupcakes!

  38. Leslie posted on June 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm (#
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    I’m definitely in the fru-fru coffee drinker category, and these sound amazing! I’ve already pinned to my recipe board…and will definitely find a reason to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on June 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm (#
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    Those are beautiful!!! I love that perfect little dolop of whipped cream on top.

  40. Maria Matter posted on June 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm (#
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    Thanks for hosting a great party Cheryl!
    enjoy your wknd!

  41. Roberta posted on June 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm (#
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    Yummy cupcakes…oh my it’s so hard to stay on my diet when I see such beautiful cupcakes ;) Thanks for hosting Cheryl and be sure to check out my post this week at the great gift my sister got us for traveling this summer…it’s a cooler/carry pack for your lounge chairs. Great if you are a lounge lizard like me ;)

  42. Loy posted on June 25, 2011 at 12:12 am (#
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    I bring 1-Dish Meat Lovers’ Pizza Bake. The linky wouldn’t let me type the whole recipe name. This is a dish you can have on the table in less than an hour. Another great party. Thanks for hosting.

  43. Paula posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:40 am (#
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    I can’t link up this week :( but your cupcakes are lovely. The frosting is perfect and I’ll sure they were a big, big hit at the birthday celebration for your daughter’s co-worker.

  44. Cookin' Canuck posted on June 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm (#
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    I am a sucker for mocha desserts and these cupcakes look so darn good, Cheryl.

  45. Nancy@acommunaltable posted on June 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm (#
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    i’m with Dara – I love mocha anything and the whipped cream frosting puts these over the top!

  46. Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm (#
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    These cupcakes look outrageously good!

  47. Savannah @elingeriespot.com posted on June 29, 2011 at 12:50 am (#
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    Wow your Spiced Mocha Cupcakes looks heavenly delicious! I love it! Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I can’t wait to try it! yum :)

  48. Tracy posted on July 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm (#
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    This looks yummy. And what a surprise ingredient – mashed potato flakes!

    Cheers,
    Tracy

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