Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Vanilla Latte Cupcakes


Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

Owning a KitchenAid is a dream of all home bakers and I always wanted one for quite some time.... Unlike in the US it is not an easily obtainable appliance here and now that it’savailable hubby gifted me one last week. It was a dream come true for me to own a black KitchenAid!!!  Of course I first wanted to try a cake with a frosting on it and I chose this cupcake from my favorite blogger Annie’s Eats.... The coffee flavor cake is very soft and the frosting is coffee flavored Swiss Meringue Butter cream.  Both cake and frosting came out perfectly and we all enjoyed the cupcakes!  


Vanilla Latte Cupcakes






Vanilla Latte Cupcakes
(Recipe Source~ Annie's Eats)
Yield: about 18-22 cupcakes

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. espresso powder
½ cup strong brewed coffee
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tbsp. coffee-flavored liqueur (or additional buttermilk)

For the frosting:
3 large egg whites
½ cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
¾ cups (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. espresso powder
2 tsp. very hot water
Chocolate-covered espresso beans, for garnish (I didn’t have)

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F/ / 175°C.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and espresso powder.  Whisk to blend.  In a liquid measuring cup, combine the coffee, buttermilk, and coffee liqueur.  With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients alternating with the liquids, mixing each addition just until incorporated and beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling each about ¾ full.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, combine the egg whites and the sugar in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean pods.  Heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture reaches 160° F and the sugar has dissolved.  Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and the mixture has cooled to room temperature, about 8 minutes.  (The bowl should be cool to the touch.)
  • Reduce the speed to medium and add the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, adding more once each addition has been incorporated.  If the frosting looks soupy or curdled, continue to beat on medium-high speed until thick and smooth again, about 3-5 minutes more (or longer, it will come together!)  Remove about half of the frosting to a bowl and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine the espresso powder and hot water and whisk to dissolve.  Blend the espresso powder mixture into the frosting remaining in the mixing bowl until smooth and completely incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Fit a pastry bag with a large tip. Fill one side of the pastry bag with the vanilla frosting, and then fill in the other side with the coffee frosting (this does not need to be exact – just enough so that both colors are included.)  Pipe a test streak until you see both colors coming out of the tip.  Frost cupcakes as desired, refilling the pastry bag in the same manner as needed.  Garnish the frosted cupcakes with chocolate-covered espresso beans, if desired.



Vanilla Latte Cupcakes


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11 comments:

  1. oh wow....so pretty and sure it tasted awesome ;)

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  2. Nicee!!!! Looks good.
    I've been waiting for a KitchenAid myself since forever!!

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  3. Wow..I love to grab those cuties.Immensely rich cupcakes Swapna.

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  4. Yumm!! They look good!! By the congrats on the KA - totally get your excitement:)

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  5. Very nice pictures and looks very yummy

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  6. incredible job... i can't wait to bake up a batch!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

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  7. Hello mam, i live in a small town and packaged buttermilk is not available here.. So is there any substitute for it??

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  8. Hello mam, i live in a small town nd packaged buttermilk is nt available, can u pls tell me its substitute. Thanks

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    1. Mix curd (yogurt)with little water and you will get buttermilk.

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