#17) Coffee Cupcakes with Quasi-Chocolate Ganache

No, they weren't a textbook success, but these little cupcakes are one yummy sweet treat.

I was walking by the bookstore the other day, and well, they had this cute little cupcake and muffin cookbook there fore less than $7. Well, I just had to have it! So I brought home my new little treasure and read it cover to cover and drooled over every single picture.

The recipe I attempted here sounded perfect! I love the taste of coffee, but drinking it makes me sick, so when I can whip up a coffee-flavoured sweet treat, I am one happy woman. The recipe was easy to follow and I had everything on hand for it, or so I thought, so I whipped up the batter and put them in the over.

After I finished licking the spoon (oh, you all do it!!!!), I started making my topping. It was supposed to be a nice, thick choclate ganache-ish frosting. BUT..... I didn't have any cream in the fridge and all the stores were closed! So in my amature frenzy I decided chocolate milk would have to do.

What was I thinking?!??!?!?!?! Instead of a nice, thick ganache-ish frosting, I ended up with a rather tasty bowl of dark chocolate soup. Frenzy #2 - What in the world will I put on top of my now baked and cooled coffee cupcakes???? This "soup" was too runny to use as icing, and to messy to drizzle over top......

Then my bf came up with the great idea of just dipping my little sweet treats into the chocolate soup concoction. Aren't they just adorable? We used several toppins - coconut, silver balls, and colored sprinkles. The coconut was best!

Well, there you have it - my very long-winded explanation of this sweet treat. The lesson I learned - be 100% sure you have ALL the ingredients you need, and then double-check to be 110% sure. By the way, thanks for your help Babe. I love you!


2 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup instant coffee
1 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup water
1 tbsp instant coffee
3/4 cup cream
1 cup dark choclate, finely chopped


-Preheat oven to 360°F. Line muffin tray with paper liners.
-Sift dry ingredients together. Set aside.
-In a medium bowl, beat together butter, vanilla, and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time.
-Add dry ingredients. Mix. Slowly add water and mix again.
-Pour batter into muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 mintues.

-Meanwhile, gently heat coffee and cream in saucepan.
-Pour hot mixture over chocolate. Stir thouroughly.
-Use star tip to pipe onto cooled cupcakes.


  1. Dipping the cupcakes into the chocolate soup? I would have dunked it and swimmed in it! Looks lovely!

  2. Gosh these look divine Dani!!

    Rosie x

  3. Your soup ended up working out quite nicely. I love coffee flavored desserts!