Iron Cupcake Earth: Coffee

24 02 2009

My submission for ICC:Earth this month was way last minute. I got the email that said “Whoa! The deadline is tomorrow!” and I figured, why the hell not? I haven’t done one in forever, what with getting married, getting a new job, etc. But now I have a little more time, so without further ado:

Gingerbread Mocha Cupcakes

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Ingredients

Ginger Cupcakes
1/2c butter
2 in fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
1 3/4c sugar (I used turbinado and beat it a little extra to get the crunchies out; the molasses flavor added nicely)
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
2.5c unbleached white pastry flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 c milk

Espresso Buttercream
3/4 c butter
About 6 c powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 c espresso, freshly pulled
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbsp milk

High-quality cocoa powder for dusting

To Make Cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 375F and place cupcake papers into your tin. Allow eggs and butter to stand at room temp. for 30 min.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
3. Cream butter and ginger until smooth and fluffy. Slowly add sugar (about 1/4 c at a time), beating until smooth each time. Beat 2 min more at med/high speed.
4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, about 3 min total.
5. Beat in vanilla.
6. Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beating after each addition until well-combined.
7. Pour your batter into a pastry bag and pipe into your mini-cupcake-pan!
8. Bake at 375 for 8-10 min, until fluffy and golden, or until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake near the middle of the pan comes out clean.
9. Cool completely before frosting.

To Make Buttercream:

1. Pull 1/4 c espresso (about 2 shots; I eyeballed it) and add in the 1 tbsp milk to cool.
2. Cream butter until smooth and fluffy
3. Add 2 c of the powdered sugar and most of the espresso mixture; reserve a little for later, though I did not need it.
4. Beat until well-combined; beat in vanilla.
5. Beat in the rest of the powdered sugar, slowly, until the proper texture for frosting. Dribble in the reserved espresso mix if it’s too thick.
6. Pipe onto cupcakes.
7. Dust with cocoa powder.
8. EAT.

cupcake

The table was full of dog toys, so I took photos (above) on the kitchen counter, and even some…

cupcakerow

On my bed.

I find this amusing for whatever reason.

PS: I need a tripod. Fuzzy fuzzy photos.

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2 responses

24 02 2009
Niku

these sound awesome!! the cupcakes-on-bed picture is good. goes the fluffy marshmallowy bedding!

25 02 2009
Andrew Kurtz

You need to stop writing this blog.
It upsets me to see what kind of amazing food I am not eating.

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