bakers box of recipes: mocha chocolate chip cupcakes.

it's time for another edition of bakers box of recipes.
i am beyond excited to share this one with you.

tonight you all get the absolute pleasure of learning how to make
hands down. no questions asked. without a shadow of a doubt.
the absolute worlds best mochas chocolate chip cupcakes.

now. i don't use those words loosely. you know. worlds best.
i only throw those out there when i realllly mean it.
and girlfriends . . .
i realllllllly mean it. 

my sweet friend {amy} has nailed these little treats.
being a self proclaimed "cupcake snob" she doctored up these cupcakes into perfection.
they are moist. they have intense depth of flavor. they are delicious.
& in my mind they are suitable to replace your morning coffee with.
{oh. they are quite pretty to look at. too}

for the cupcakes. you will need  . . .
24 cupcake liners
1/3 cup water
4 tsp instant coffee granules
1 package yellow cake mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup mini chocolate chips
chocolate chips to garnish

for the icing. you will need.
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp instant coffee granules
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 bar of German chocolate bar, grated
3-4 cups powdered sugar

for the cupcakes.
preheat oven to 350 degrees & fill your cupcake pan with liners.
{complete step #1 of icing below and set aside}
microwave water and coffee granules in small glass dish for 30 seconds.  
stir and set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
mix cake mix. pudding mix. milk. oil. eggs. & coffee in mixing bowl until well blended.  
fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.  
spoon batter into lined cupcake pan.  filling 3/4 of the liner.
bake for 18-20 minutes.  remove from pan and let cool on wire racks.

for the icing.
**place milk & coffee in small glass bowl.
microwave on high for 30 seconds. or until hot enough to dissolve coffee.  
place softened butter in large bowl & add coffee mixture & grated chocolate.  
blend on low for 30 seconds.
add sugar and blend until incorporated.  
increase speed & blend until fluffy or forms peaks.  
pipe icing onto cupcakes and garnish with chips. 


oh my goodness. i am totally craving one right now.
i just might have to bake some of my own tomorrow.

i can promise you. this recipe will quickly become one of your faves.
these mocha chocolate chip cupcakes are worth every little calorie in them.
thank you. amy. for sharing your sweet treat recipe with us!

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