Mocha Mousse Espresso Cupcakes~Robynne

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 2 Ratings
Serves: 24-28
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Cooking Method: Bake


1 box duncan hines dark chocolate fudge cake mix (or whatever mix you prefer)
3.9 oz box of instant chocolate pudding
2 tsp mexican vanilla
1-2 tsp espresso powder, instant
2 c heavy whipping cream
1 c butter, softened
3 c powdered sugar
2-4 tsp espresso powder, instant (taste as you go until the coffee flavor is perfect for you)
1/2 tsp butter flavor extract
2 Tbsp half and half
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt (or more to taste)
note: i made extra frosting for a generous amount for each cupcake.
dark chocolate espresso bean
chocolate sprinkles

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Robynne Glenn Recipe
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Robynne's notes for this recipe:
Coffee and Chocolate Lovers Rejoice! There is no better pairing in my opinion, and if you share my affection, you will love these cupcakes!
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Prepare and bake cake as directed on box. Allow to cool completely.
While cupcakes are cooling, add espresso powder to vanilla and let it dissolve. Mix the mousse ingredients together with a hand mixer until ingredients are incorporated and filling is creamy. Spoon mousse into a ziploc bag and seal. Refrigerate until ready to fill cupcakes.
When cupcakes are cool, take a paring knife and cut a circle in the top of the cupcake and gently lift and remove circle. Cut a bottom corner of the ziploc bag filled with mousse and squeeze mousse into the hole you made in the cupcakes. Place circle back on top of the filling. Don't worry that it stick up, you will never see it under the frosting. Do this to all the cupcakes. I had some pudding left over.
Dissolve espresso powder in vanilla. Combine frosting ingredients in a large bowl. Begin mixing on low speed until combined. Whip the frosting on high until fluffy and holds it's shape when peaks are formed. Be sure to taste the frosting, adding more espresso powder/vanilla as needed.
Frost cupcakes and top with chocolate sprinkles and espresso bean.

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user Christine Fernandez SuperMom77 - Apr 29, 2012
Christine Fernandez [SuperMom77] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
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user c g coffeecup - Apr 29, 2012
this sounds wonderful and so mouth watering. will have to do this for the fourth of july party. of course, i can;t wait that long so next week sounds good. thank you for all the coffee lovers in the world
user Robynne Glenn GypsySpyce - Apr 29, 2012
Thank you, Christine for sharing with your group. Char, please let me know how you like them. It took me a little time to get the espresso flavor just right, but it was well worth the effort.
user Jean Campbell gwashington1961 - Apr 30, 2012
Robynne this is a wonderful recipe for a coffee loving friend's birthday party! Of course I will have to test it a time or two, just to get the flavor right. I have studied the photo you submitted. Did you you use something special to apply the Buttercream? It is so pretty. It's not wavy as with a knife. Did you pipe it? Thanks for sharing this recipe. LOL :-)

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