Recipe: Kahlua Cupcakes

While this isn’t the most beautiful picture on Earth these were basically inhaled on sight at the birthday party I brought them too. The batter is very thin but they cooked up just perfect, fluffy and soft cake with a nice firm, flavorful frosting that felt silky tasting. Don’t forget to let your cupcakes cool the whole way before frosting them (I didn’t and you can see the frosting got a touch melty).

Kahula Cupcakes
Yields 12
  1. 1/2 c boiling water
  2. 2 tsp instant espresso powder
  3. 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 cup flour
  5. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 c milk
  12. 6 tsp Kahlua (optional)
  13. Kahlua Coffee Frosting (makes enough for 12-16 cupcakes)
  14. 4oz cream cheese
  15. 1/4 c unsalted butter
  16. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  17. 1/4 c Kahlua
  18. 1-1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  19. 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners.
  2. Boil the water. Stir the 2 tsp instant espresso powder into the boiled water and set aside
  3. In a large bowl, mix together well the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then Add in the egg, oil, 1 tsp vanilla, espresso water, and milk. Beat together very well for a couple of minutes, either using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour the the batter into the prepared cupcake tin and bake for about 25 minutes.
  5. Let the cupcakes cool and make the frosting: with an electric mixer, whip the butter and cream cheese on med-high for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy then mix in the espresso powder, Kaluha and vanilla extract, into the whipped butter-cream cheese mixture.
  6. Gradually mix in the icing sugar and whip for 1-2 minutes until shiny.
  7. After the cupcakes have cooled: poke holes in the top of each cupcake with a fork. Drizzle about 1/2 tsp Kahlua into the holes in each cupcake and frost.
Adapted from Better with Sugar
Adapted from Better with Sugar
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