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Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze

A little decadence goes a long way, especially when the words "triple chocolate" are involved. Moist, coffee-infused chocolate cake, milk-chocolate mousse, and a creamy chocolate glaze combine for a mocha moment -- complete with a coffee bean -- that's worth the indulgence.

  • yield: Makes 92 mini cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Coffee Syrup
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • Coffee beans for garnish

Cook's Note

Make the mousse and the glaze just before you're ready to assemble the cupcakes.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush mini muffin tins with softened butter; dust with cocoa. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt.

  2. Step 2

    With mixer on medium-high, cream butter and granulated sugar until pale. Add brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping bowl. Mix in sour cream. On low, add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, and beginning and ending with flour, until just combined.

  3. Step 3

    Divide batter among tins, filling 3/4 full. Bake until firm to the touch and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer tins to racks to cool for 5 minutes. Remove from tins; let cool completely.

  4. Step 4

    To assemble: Halve cupcakes horizontally. Brush bottom (and top for stronger flavor) with coffee syrup. Pipe 2 teaspoons mousse onto each bottom. Dip tops in glaze; place on mousse. Top with coffee beans.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

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