Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

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Servings: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 20 to 25 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup butter
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (4-ounce) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1½ cups sugar
4 large eggs
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream
Creamy Espresso Frosting, recipe follows
Chocolate covered espresso beans, for garnish, if desired

Creamy Espresso Frosting:
5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 cup butter, softened
5 cups confectioners’ sugar





Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. 

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cocoa powder, chocolate, and espresso powder. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Let cool for 20 minutes. 

In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs at medium-high spend with a mixer until fluffy. 

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until combined. Add chocolate mixture, stirring until smooth. Stir in sour cream.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, and bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Pipe or spread Creamy Espresso Frosting over each cupcake. Top with chocolate covered espresso beans.

Creamy Espresso Frosting:

In a large bowl, combine cream and espresso powder, stirring until espresso powder dissolves.  Add butter, and beat at medium speed with a mixer until creamy.  Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.   

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wonderful treat. Made these delightful cupcakes for a Columbiettes meeting and every one loved them. A more adult cupcakes with the mocha taste.

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