If you’ve known me for more than, say, a day — be it in real life or from following this here blog — you probably know that I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. HUGE. And, it just so happens that some of my Providence friends are fans too! So we decided to throw a little viewing party on Sunday. Beyond the typical Gilmore Girls fare such as pizza and junk food, I decided to make chocolate coffee cupcakes as a nod to the girls caffeine addicted ways (the Facebook event itself was called “Coffee Coffee Coffee”).
Dark Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes (Recipe yields about 24 cupcakes)
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 a cup of dark coco powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2/3 of a cup of hot (strong) coffee
Preheat oven to 350.
Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. I would HIGHLY suggest going to you local dollar store and picking up some cute patterned ones. Rory and Lorelei would totally approve.
In the bowl of your electric mixer stir together your dry ingredients. Add in milk, oil, eggs, and beat on medium/low speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in hot coffee by hand (I also added semi sweet chocolate chips, but they all sunk to the bottom, so I wouldn’t really recommend it).
Pour into pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1lb. cream cheese, softened
12oz (1 ½ cups) unsalted butter, softened
1lb (4 cups) confectioners sugar
4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¾ tsp. table salt
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter with the mixer on medium speed until very smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat on medium high until blended and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Cover the frosting and set aside at room temperature until the layers are completely cool.
Then, using a spatula, scoop the frosting into a zip top plastic baggy, massaging it into one of the bottom corners. Close the top of the bag and snip off the corner with a pair of scissors to create a makeshift pastry bag (A tip passed down to me from my pastry chef mama. I use this method all the time. It’s great for writing things on cake or just plain decorating.)
Voila! Honestly, they’re not really as coffee-y as I expected them to be, but they are mighty tasty all the same and everyone was clammering for the recipe.