Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mocha Pumpkin Cupcakes

Apple season has almost wrapped up, and now it's time for pumpkin! Everyone loves pumpkin coffee, and I really love chocolate, so why not have mocha pumpkin? The espresso powder added to the chocolate makes it extra rich, and the pumpkin frosting is a perfect seasonal balance to it! Enjoy!

Yields 24+ {about 30}


1 cup butter

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp finely ground instant espresso powder

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flower

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup almond milk


1/4 cup butter

1 1/2 cups cream cheese

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup pumpkin

1 heaping tsp cinnamon

1/2 heaping tsp cloves

3 cups confectioners' sugar


Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, espresso powder, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.

Add the cooled butter/chocolate and beat until smooth.

While still beating, add half of the flour mixture, then half of the almond milk.

Repeat until everything is added. Stir until just combined

Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes

For the frosting, beat together the butter and cream cheese until it is smooth with no lumps of butter. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin.

Add the sugar a cup at a time until all beaten in. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and beat well.

Pipe with a circle tip and top with sprinkled espresso powder.

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