Tasty Tuesday: Easy Dressed Up Mocha Cupcakes

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

3 eggs

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.

Frosting:

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?!

Variation:

Add in a tablespoon or two of coffee flavored liquer to the batter (before baking) & to the frosting for a really unique & rich flavor.

Tasty Tuesday: Lovely Little Treats

Why not get creative, save some money and make your hunny a special Valentine’s Day treat this year?

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”

~Morrie Schwartz

Making treats is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. Before Christmas I made a bunch of the cake truffles below for family and friends. Packed up tight in plain white candy boxes and tied up with extra lush ribbon they made cute little gifts. You can find out how to make them here. I made these with red velvet cake and white chocolate and WOW they were DELICIOUS.

I also recently made this fudge and varied it up by adding Malibu rum (my 1st choice in rum) instead of the Captain Morgan’s it called for. Super easy…fantastically decadent.

Go make something TASTY! I DARE YOU!!!