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Monday, March 30, 2009

Chocolat et Café

Have seen many bloggers posting recipes of cupcakes. That is a good advantage for those who are really into cupcakes to actually do experiments with various recipes and come out with their own formulated ones. Subsequently if they post those new recipes, everyone of us will benefit from them all over again. And soon enough, a circle of neverending cupcake learning community will be formed!

I am one of the cupcake lovers, who also happened to have craving for chocolate cupcakes recently. Initially planned to crown my cupcakes with tangerine cheese cream from one of the appetizing recipes found on the Net, but then it wasn’t the season of tangerine. So I had to figure out the replacement. My bet was coffee butter cream. Nothing can go wrong since both chocolate and coffee compliment each other to deliver the most of both taste and aroma.

Makes 11 cupcakes

1. Chocolate Cupcakes
Prepare: 11 muffin paper cups (diameter 2 ¼ inch, height 2 ¼ inch) and a large baking tray

- All purpose flour > 120 grams
- Cocoa powder > 44 grams
- Baking powder > 1 teaspoon
- Baking soda > ½ teaspoon
- Salt > ¼ teaspoon
- Milk > 190 ml
- Vanilla essence > 1 teaspoon
- Butter – soften > 90 grams
- Granulated sugar > 187 grams
- Eggs > 2

- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Place 11 muffin paper cups on the baking tray with adequate gap between one another.
- Mix all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift.
- Separately combine milk and vanilla essence.
- Place softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed until both ingredients are fully combined. Change to high speed and cream for 5 minutes.
- Change speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time.
- Adjust speed to low and add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture in a few additions. Continue to beat until batter is smooth.
- Spoon batter into each muffin cup until ¾ full.
- Bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the cake turns out clean.
- Remove from stove and cool on wire rack.

2. Coffee Butter Cream
Makes approximately 450 grams

- Egg yolk > 20 grams
- Whole egg > 60 grams
- Water > 90 grams
- Vanilla powder > 1 teaspoon
- Sugar > 124 grams
- Salted butter - room temperature > 250 grams
- Coffee flavoring > 1 tablespoon
- Mocca paste > 1 teaspoon
- Chocolate coloring > 1 teaspoon

- Combine egg yolk with whole egg. Whip moderately with fork until frothy. Set aside.
- Mix water, sugar, and vanilla powder. Bring to boil until it reaches 118°C. Remove from fire and quickly place hot syrup in a mixing bowl.
- Pour egg mixture into hot syrup while whipping with cake mixer at medium speed. When it is fully in, switch to high speed and continue whipping until cream is cool and thick.
- Add butter into cream and whip until hard and smooth (approximately 5 minutes).
- Fold in coffee flavoring, mocca paste, and chocolate coloring. Mix thoroughly.
- Pop a star piping nozzle into the piping bag and fill with coffee butter cream.
- Pipe cream on top of chocolate cupcakes.
- Decorate more as desired. Serve.


  1. they look delicious. you have mail.


  2. This looks SO good!!! I can't even imagine what it must taste like with the tangerine cream you wanted to put on it! I'd be in total heaven with these as I am such a fan of the chocolate and coffee flavor combination!

    Thank you so much for posting this!
    Paris Insider

  3. Thanks, Bee!

    Yes, have read your mail and replied. Link to CLICK has been added too.

  4. Beautiful and stunning cupcakes, and those baking papers are precious!

    Best of luck to you on your entry at, CLICK!

  5. Thanks, Paris Insider! So glad you like it!

    I will definitely post cupcakes with tangerine cheese cream once I can find tangerines in market. Drop by again soon ...


  6. Thanks Margie! And many gratitudes for your encouraging words about some posts in my blog. That means a lot to me...


  7. dear kris,

    there 's something for you at jugalbandi. congrats!!!

  8. Thanks Bee, this is my first award.
    Wow, really need to bake and shoot more....


  9. great pictures :-) and these cake cups are so cute :-)!

  10. Thanks, Gine! I am so hooked to cupcakes now. There are just so many ways we can decorate them.

    Love your blog. Very clean and sophisticated layout...


  11. do you make the chocolate transfers you usedfor around the cake by yourself, they dont sell them here in south africa so i want to try and make them myself but i dont know what to use to color the cocoa butter , amazing cakes!

  12. This looks gorgeous. In fact, I've just been checking our all your lovely creations and they're all beautiful!!!