I made these dressed up cupcakes last week and was happily surprised with how pretty they turned out. I used this awesome decorating tool from pampered chef that I bought years ago. It was so fun playing around to find the perfect look for these rich mocha sweet treats.
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Easy Dressed Up Mocha Cupcakes by Heather McCullah
1 box duncan hines cake mix (swiss chocolate flavor)
1 cup prepared coffee (cooled off)
1/4 cup of milk (1%, 2% or whole)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix all the ingredients with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
Fold in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (semi sweet are perfect). Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake as directed on the box.
1 tub cream cheese frosting
1 tub dark chocolate frosting
1/2 tsp instant coffee
Jazz up your store bought frosting by mixing a cream cheese flavored tub of frosting with 3 – 4 tbsps of dark chocolate frosting. Then add in 1/2 a teaspoon of instant coffee. Mix well. Decorate using a pastry tip or flat knife and add a few chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles for an elegant finish! I bought the little red rose candies at a local pastry shop. So cute huh?!
Add in a tablespoon or two of coffee flavored liquer to the batter (before baking) & to the frosting for a really unique & rich flavor.