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Cream together butter and sugar until pale yellow.

Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

Tracy Byrne

Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes | Pale Yellow Another cupcake recipe?  That makes three in a row!  There are a lot of birthdays in May, and there is no better way to celebrate a birthday than with cupcakes.  No worries, there are about 3 more cupcake recipes coming your way in the next few days.  I'm totally making up for my two-month cupcake free period.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

Kim has been telling me when her birthday is more months.  Luckily I can take a hint and remember that May 7 was her birthday!  Baking for fellow bakers is the most fun because they appreciate and understand what goes into baking, Kim is a fellow baker and she happens to love rich, overly sweet desserts.  She loved the Brownie Roll-ups.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

These cupcakes are decadent!  The dark chocolate cake is moist, dark, and has a tender crumb.  The bits of dark and white chocolate increase the overall chocolate factor and add a great bite.  These cupcakes are almost brownie-like, but must lighter.  Lighter as in texture, not calorically!  As American buttercream tends to be, this one is super sweet and creamy; powdered sugar certainly packs a punch.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

And let's not forget the Kahlua, all 3/4 of a cup!  I've made my fair share of boozy cupcakes, but that's a lot!  You can definitely taste the Kahlua in the cupcakes - never a bad thing.  As Kim has now discovered, it is easy to make friends on your birthday when you a bunch of delicious cupcakes to share!

Irish Coffee Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

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Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes Adapted from How Sweet it is Yield - 15 cupcakes

3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/8 cup flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup Kahlua 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your cupcake tins with liners.
  2. Whisk together the egg and sugar until pale yellow.  Whisk in the melted butter and vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt.  Stir into the wet ingredients.
  4. Whisk in the Kahlua and then fold in the chocolates.
  5. Use a standard size ice cream scoop to portion the batter into cupcake pans.  These are rich, so keeping the cupcakes on the smaller size is best.
  6. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 tablespoon Kahlua 1 teaspoon vanilla extract mini chocolate chips

  1. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and creamy.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar a 1/2 cup at a time on low speed.  Every so often turn the mixer to high and then scrape the bowl.
  3. Beat in the Kahlua and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the frosting to a piping bag with a star attachment and pipe on the cupcakes.
  5. Garnish with mini chocolate chips.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes | Pale Yellow